Our donors' commitment to Step Denver’s mission has been transformational. Thanks to their support, this program now has a sustained track record that confirms Step’s core principles, methodology, and program model are a cost efficient and highly effective solution to addiction and homelessness.
What we have built is now attracting men from across the country who are in a state of desperation, with no local options, and with a readiness so strong that they are going to courageous lengths to reach Step Denver. In the past two years alone, 53 men from Charlotte, NC have traveled 1,566 miles – 3 days on a bus – to get the help they so desperately need. That’s just from one city. Thankfully they were pointed in our direction…
“It was a hard decision, scary. I thought about getting off the bus several times. Today I have 6 months of sobriety and I can say this is the best decision I ever made.” – Tim J.
How many thousands more are out there?
If we can be there for them by bringing the philosophies and programming of Step into other communities across our country, we should. And as part of the legacy of Step Denver, you have brought us to a moment in which this is actually possible.
Following Step’s vision to help as many men as possible find freedom from addiction, our Board of Directors have asked Paul Scudo to serve as the CEO of Step, with the purpose of growing our impact beyond Denver. This will initially include Step’s first replication in Colorado Springs and in the years ahead Paul will be dedicated to reaching leaders in communities across the country, facilitating licensed partnerships to help them implement this program/model and save lives. In this capacity, he will continue to provide leadership and fiscal oversight of Step.
Meghan Shay is assuming the role of Executive Director for Step Denver as well as Step Springs once open. Over the past four and a half years, Meghan has helped us not only serve a record number of men, but ensure they continue to be served well through periods of growth. She has been intimately involved in the evaluation of program outcomes, program improvements/additions, fiscal responsibility, and Step’s viability to support expansion efforts. Meghan brings to this position 19 years of experience in the field; during which time she has been entirely dedicated - both professionally in executive leadership roles and through board service - to addiction recovery, mental health, and reentry programming for people exiting prison.
We are excited about the future of Step and feel a deep sense of responsibility to its 40-year history. Our commitment: shepherd and continue to improve the existing program in Denver, work to provide the same opportunity to men in Colorado Springs, and bring real hope and solutions to other communities in search of an answer to these crises.