Beyond housing, Front Steps offers a holistic approach to working with its residents, graduates and those in the community. We realize that putting a roof over one’s head is the first step, but that providing programs to increase the skills and confidence of the participants is essential to ending the cycle.
Programs are taught by Front Steps staff and volunteers, and are categorized in these core categories:
Programs and services offered are designed to teach the skills and confidence necessary to achieve independent living. Programs include the following:
- Good Neighbor Program (household management, tenant/landlord relationships)
- Health and Wellness (healthy living and nutrition, fitness)
- Money Management (budgeting, financial literacy)
- Socialization (parenting, family reunification, social events, peer support)
Programs and services address overall mental health and wellness, including:
- Case Management and Assessments
- Counseling and Therapy (one-on-one and group sessions)
- Substance Abuse Groups (Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous)
Through learning, Front Steps clients further their education and obtain employment. Programs and services include the following:
- Workforce Readiness Workshop (time management and goal setting, resume writing and interview skills, job search skills, expungements, job training and shadowing)
- Job Coaching (employer relations, ongoing support and retention)
- Education (GED, post-secondary, certifications)
Outpatient Treatment Services
The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is comprised of two separate phases designed to fully track our clients’ progress and to offer the most comprehensive programming available.
- Phase 1: Consists of 12 weeks of services, 3 times per week with one individual session per week and monthly family sessions. During this time we work with clients to help them handle early phases of recovery, focusing on the importance of honest communication, dealing with cravings, addressing consequences and developing coping mechanisms.
- Phase 2: Clients come to group once a week for 12 weeks to begin the step down process, discuss any ongoing issues and continue to work on relapse prevention.
The Non Intensive Outpatient Program (NIOP) meets twice a week for 6 weeks to work on substance use education, prevention of further substance use and assisting clients with understanding the path they are on and where it can take them.