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- Stout Street Foundation's mission is to provide a supportive, therapeutic community for addicts and alcoholics, to help them help themselves so they may return to society as recovering, productive, and responsible citizens.
At Stout Street Foundation (SSF) our prevailing goal is to provide a safe environment that allows addicts the time and the tools necessary to modify their behaviors, learn about their addictions, gain coping skills, and address key issues that have stymied long-term sobriety for them in the past. In a broader sense, our over-arching goal is to rescue and restore as many lives as possible from addiction in a manner that is sustainable...and to do it well.
The greatest needs that Stout Street Foundation has currently is funding for;
-Treating individuals suffering from substance abuse as their primary diagnosis and a medical diagnosis as the secondary.
-Life and vocational skills and training for recovering individuals.
-Educational Material and Testing Fees (GED Workbooks)
-Aftercare facility for the graduates (Sober Living Community)
- Seperate Women's facility
Executive Director Statement
Stout Street Foundation is Colorado's leading nonprofit Therapeutic Community. For 34 years, the Stout Street Foundation has been working in the community to help individuals with alcohol, drug and other behavioral health issues. Stout Street Foundation not only addresses the substance abuse but Stout Street Foundation addresses the barriers that will keep our clients from becoming a responsible productive individual in society again. We believe that in order to be effective in treatment that you have to help the individual learn to be responsible for their own recovery. We use a cognitive behavioral approach to accomplish this. We offer a wide variety of classes that educate and rehabilitate in their 2 year stay with us. The Stout Street Foundation has been highly successful from treating the individual's needs as a whole by partnering with our local community and local foundations. Through their generous in- kind donations and financial support this allows us to treat over 300 clients per year with 120 in our program at any one time.
The Stout Street Foundation also provides the Choosing Life Center, our outpatient clinic that offers a wide variety of effective outpatient treatment services. Choosing Life Center is open for extended hours and 6 days a week to accommodate those who are unable to attend treatment services during the normal work day.
Stout Street Foundations third treatment option is Serenity. This is our 28 day intensive residential treatment facility. This is our newest edition to the Stout Street Foundation's ever changing provision for effective treatment. This is a facility that is available for the public as well as the judicial community. The staff encourages the clients to maximize their utilization of treatment services during their stay at Serenity but they must complete at least 21 hours of treatment each week. This program has proven to be highly successful with our clients.
Board Chair/President Statement
At SSF we pride ourselves on the ability to evolve and adapt with an ever changing therapeutic environment. We are one of the few remaining long term treatment facilities that provides services to the residents of Colorado without cost to the clients. In order to do this we rely primarily on the funds raised by our residents working outside jobs. We believe that it is an important part of treatment and recovery to be gainfully employed. Many of the outside work positions they hold while in the program they assume as their own jobs upon completion of the program. It is our way of helping with their reintegration to the community as healthy, hard working responsible members of society.
As you can probably imagine the funds generated by the residents alone cannot entirely support a 120+ bed facility and the staff necessary to provide the treatment services. In order to meet all of our residents needs we rely very heavily on generous in-kind donations from our community, funding from donors and foundations as well as monies raised from our annual fundraising events.
With your continued support we will be able to provide services to an increasing number of clients. The length of our program is one of our best assets. We have learned that it takes months for the effects of long term substance abuse to make one amenable to treatment. The statistics for shorter term programs for long term addicts are not impressive. The longer one stays in treatment the more likely they are to succeed, thus the length of our program. There many adjunctive therapies we would like to implement and will as funds become available.
We wish to thank the governmental agencies and the philanthropic community for all of their support and we look forward to serving more and more Coloradoans as funds permit.
The Stout Street Foundation (SSF) had its humble beginnings in 1974 in a small house on Stout Street in Denver, Colorado. Founded by Bradley Lucero Jr., a recovering addict himself, over the years the Foundation has grown exponentially from a handful of the hopeful sharing a house, to more than 100 residents at any given time living in a self-contained, campus-style facility in Commerce City, Colorado. Mr. Lucero has since passed away, but his legacy lives on through SSF.