Sober Living Home
Step Denver is proud to announce that we are naming our North Park Hill Sober Living Home in honor of longtime Board Member and volunteer fundraiser, Barb Card.
The expansion of Step's Sober Living Homes throughout Denver has proven to be vital in providing residents with a soft landing back into the community, while extending them the safety, structure, and accountability known to be effective in producing long-term recovery. We believe the Sober Living Home program has been paramount to the success of our men which makes this dedication appropriate as Barb’s contribution to Step over the years has been equally important to their success.
From the moment Barb was introduced to Step Denver (then Step 13) in 1987 she became a driving force for good, introducing Step to hundreds of people over the years and raising critical support to ensure our ability to carry out the mission into the future.
Barb brought to the table a career of raising millions of dollars for capital development campaigns, nonprofits, and for political issue and candidate campaigns nationwide. She served as Finance Chairman for Governor Bill Owens’ 1998 and 2002 gubernatorial campaigns. Barb has also volunteered her services to various organizations over the years including the Denver Art Museum, Museum of Nature and Science, Denver Zoo Foundation, Sewall Child Development Center, and the Junior League of Denver. Barb’s continuing efforts within her network yielded nearly $1 million in legacy gifts for Step.
Barb’s love and concern for the men at Step motivated her tremendous efforts. “I am just so proud of what these men are doing to better their lives,” Card has often been heard sharing.
Many community leaders worked alongside Barb advocating for Step and our mission. One of those leaders was Mike Rosen who said of this dedication, “Bob Cote will surely be beaming down a heavenly smile on Step Denver’s new Sober Home when he sees it’s been dedicated to Barb Card. Barb’s 30 years of dedicated service on Step’s Board and extraordinary work in fundraising has been second to none. I’ve known Barb and her husband Ken for all of that time. Her stellar work on public policy for the Republican Party and Governor Bill Owens was equally as impressive. Step wouldn’t be the shining example of self-help and redemption that is today without her contribution. I can’t think of a more deserving person for this tribute.”
Another community leader, The Honorable Bill Owens, added, “I’m so grateful to the board of Step Denver for granting my friend Barb Card this well-deserved honor. Barb has an unparalleled passion for making Colorado an even better place. Her decades of dedication to the vital work of Step Denver changed – and saved – countless lives. Men living at the margins of life have found a warm home, and real hope, thanks to the tireless commitment of my friend Barb and Step Denver. From now on, men entering this building will see a name on the wall and perhaps learn that they can have a better tomorrow thanks to a wonderful woman named Barb Card.”
It is with tremendous gratitude that Step Denver recognizes the service and enduring impact of Barb Card by naming the North Park Hill Legacy Sober Living Home in her honor. “On behalf of all of the men whose lives have been changed, I want to thank Barb from the bottom of my heart for all that she has done for Step over the years.” – Paul Scudo, Executive Director