For over two decades, First Step Recovery Homes, Inc. under the direction of its founder, Keith Giles, has been providing transitional and long term housing to men recovering from the disease of addiction. Assistance includes drug/alcohol counseling, domestic violence and dual diagnostic groups, family reunification, a furniture bank, reference/referral services and youth entrepreneur training.
First Step provides supervised, temporary, safe drug and alcohol free structured housing and support services for persons who are recovering from the disease of addiction exiting out and trying to stay out of the criminal justice system. Emphasis is placed on creating a sustainable “recovery community” for each person, where they have the tools, resources and supports in place to maintain independence, stay clean and sober and fulfill their life’s purpose and reconnecting clients with their families.
Our vision is to see First Step participants begin to understand that they have a unique purpose in life. We want them to begin fulfilling their creative potential while studying the Basic Text or Big Book, get an understanding of one’s self, align themselves with their personal power and have the capacity to recognize their personal purpose.
Each person would be able and ready to re-enter society with self-esteem, confidence, assertiveness, and some sense of spiritual awareness that would enable them to restrain from lashing out at others because they feel badly about themselves. They would begin to be a role model and mentor for children. They could now hold down a job or possibly establish their own business because they now have the confidence to do so. They would take pride in their community, neighborhood, city, state, country and the world around them.
First Step Recovery Homes, Inc. provides a holistic array of support service restoring, so far over 700 men over 25 years, back to society living productive lives in Pittsburgh & the Mon-Valley, and throughout Allegheny County. Emphasis is placed on teaching basic life skills, counseling, money management training, preparing them for independent living, and reconnecting clients with their families and communities.
First Step's main goal is to prepare and work with our residents to assist them in staying drug and alcohol free.
- To assist the men in becoming self sufficient by providing job assistance and moral support
- To help men access government benefits
- To provide assistance in education and vocational training
- To employ residents on a part time basis through the First Step job creation program for landscaping, moving and food service by collaborating with the business community.
Bridge Housing Program: Housing for recovering adult males which includes supportive services up to one year, including case management, outreach and advocacy, 12-step recovery meetings and support groups and life skills. All First Step Recovery Homes, Inc. housing programs target adult homeless males with substance abuse history. The length of stay range is from one year up to twenty-four months.
Family Support & Reunification Program: First Step Recovery Homes, lnc.'s Family Support & Reunification Program objective is to bring stability to the family unit, to re-establish it as the national institution that ensures great community living and enhances public safety. This program assists current and former housing participants through facilitating healthy family interaction through relationship re-building, providing information and guidance to identify causes of triggers, methods for relapse avoidance (if necessary crisis intervention) and prevention services for children/youth utilizing proven methods, beginning with a family assessment tool.
Social Entrepreneur Program: The philosophy is that this program will assist participants in the sense of developing occupational skills so that they may establish a steady income stream, move into affordable and permanent housing, reuniting and building stability within the family structure. Therefore the community has a direct benefit. Formerly First Step to New Careers and now combined with Phoenix Furnishings. The SEP began in 2008 as a means to employ participants and give them the basic job skills and experience so they may eventually gain employment outside of the program. In 2009 the program began to grow service (not only program participants but also the community) to provide jobs in residential moving and furniture bank services. Phoenix Furnishings launched in 1998 (now under the umbrella of the social entrepreneur program) was created to restore faith, hope and self-worth to those who find themselves in a disadvantaged state. Initially most clients were referred from the County's Children, Youth and Family Services and now serves clients of the Veterans Leadership Program to provide furniture, appliances and basic household-goods. Since inception nearly 500 families were served with up to three rooms of furniture and household goods.
Phoenix Program: To restore faith, hope and self worth to those who find themselves in a disadvantaged state: to assist people referred to us by participating organizations by supplying basic household and office furniture at minimal or no cost; and to provide the "First Step" on reestablishing an independent and productive life style. Contracted with grass roots agencies such as the Veterans Leadership Program to provide clients with up to three rooms of furniture to facilitate residential stability and family reunification. Provides (new when available) or reconditioned furniture, appliances and household goods. Delivers and sets up furniture and/or appliances in a designated area. Hauls and moves donated items. Provides office furniture to business and organizations.
Substance Abuse & Reintegration Housing Program This program provides men released from correctional facilities with subsidized housing and assists with emergency nutritional meals, case management, life skills training and extensive outreach services to aid in their reintegration back into society as productive citizens. Recovery counseling, domestic violence prevention techniques, family reunification facilitation, and spiritual enrichment are also vital components of these program services. Length of stay is up to 12 months.
Specialized Operating Ministries A new component of supportive services and housing has been added to include a limited number of beds reserved for grassroots community organizations and faith based ministries whose members are in need of a structured living atmosphere, a drug and alcohol free environment and access to treatment.
Did you know...
There are currently thousands of people in need of recovery from drug and alcohol substances, but do not have the funds to afford basic essentials to get assistance? We, at First Step Recovery Homes, Inc., are working hard to raise funds to provide for the needs of our clients who are in the same situation, homeless and recovering from chemical addictions.
In order to help us achieve our goal, we rely on donations from organizations and individuals like you. Without the continued support of generous donors like you, these needs will likely go unmet. Your donation will go towards our goal to put an end to substance abuse and it’s often seen side effects: homelessness and broken families. Remember, public safety is paramount and our major concern.
We are depending on your assistance and generosity. Your contribution will be put to good use to provide help to individuals in need and rebuild families right here in your community! We hope you will support our efforts by considering a financial gift to our agency.
First Step Recovery Homes Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, all gifts and donations are tax-deductible.