Our mission is to give men with nowhere else to turn the opportunity to overcome addiction through sobriety, work, accountability, and community.
Step Denver was founded in 1983 by a group of recovering alcoholics and addicts joining forces to help un-homed men in Denver. Through their own experiences, these individuals recognized sobriety as the primary solution to homelessness. They also knew abstinence is only half the battle and that sustained, long-term addiction recovery is best achieved through rehabilitation and economic opportunity.
This committed group of individuals converted a warehouse - in the heart of what was then considered to be Denver's "skid row" - into a residential facility and founded Step 13, now Step Denver. Legendary leader Bob Cote established Step's philosophy regarding the power of work and made a commitment to not accepting government funding, which has continued to allow Step to make program decisions in the best interest of our residents.
Today, Step Denver helps 290 men annually. Built on a strong foundation that starts with our unique Peer Recovery Support Method - led by Certified Peer and Family Coaching Specialists - Step's program is centered around the four pillars of sobriety, work, accountability, and community. This structure not only gives our men the skills they need to establish a life of sobriety, but helps them rebuild their self-esteem, dignity, and ultimately become self-sufficient members of the community.
"I entered the program and one year later I had a college degree. I could not have gotten here without the help of Step Denver. They saved my life." Michael T., Step Denver Alumni
"Once you realize that you've hit bottom it's time to try something different. Step Denver gave me that opportunity. I'm sober now and at this point in my recovery, staying sober is my main concern. Living at Step Denver has helped me in so many ways. Doing the right thing and following the rules here has helped me do the right thing in the world, too." John E., Step Denver Resident.
"Because of my addiction I lost my family, my relationship with God and my self-esteem. At that point I guess you could say I was ready for what Step Denver was offering...tools to come back. At Step Denver you learn you are not alone. With the support of fellow residents and staff you can get your life, your health and yourself back." Loyd D., Step Denver graduate.