Our MenWho We Are
Men are lying on blankets on the sidewalks and streets, two blocks from Step Denver’s location on Larimer Street near Coors Field. It is not just a handful of individuals, but dozens or hundreds, and the numbers seem to be growing. This picture is not limited to the streets of downtown Denver – it is rapidly becoming endemic throughout Colorado and throughout our nation.
Many of these individuals see no way forward or any way out because they don’t see a path to turning their lives around. Many suffer from the disease of addiction, which strips a person of purpose and hope – the result is that the homeless population grows by the hundreds and thousands every year.
The disease of addiction does not discriminate. Our clients range in age from 21 to 68 with an average age of 41. The men are from all racial, spiritual preference, educational level and socioeconomic backgrounds.
While most of our residents are from the Denver metro area, there are a number of men who are from various areas in Colorado and the United States.
Men who come into our doors operate out of a deep drive to drink and do drugs, but don’t know how to change their behavior. Our one-of-a-kind program uniquely breaks down the recovery process for these men and empowers them to take small steps forward that eventually become big steps. We then help them fill in the missing pieces of their lives.
Step Denver, with our Peer Recovery-based Community, shows men that there is hope for restoring the problems in all phases of their lives:
- Working a program of recovery for their disease of addiction.
- Obtaining full-time, tax paying, payroll check jobs to begin the process of self-sufficiency.
- Learning the principle of accountability, taking personal responsibility for their choices and actions.
- Utilizing a peer recovery model that encourages our men to help and receive help from other men; understanding the philosophy that together, we can overcome what we were incapable of achieving alone.
- Developing life skills in sobriety that help men grow in a balanced manner in the areas of finances, physical health, spirituality, and recreational activities.
- Rebuilding trust and family relationships.
In doing the above, our residents become productive, contributing members of their communities with a sense of pride and self-respect that was missing before. They establish a sense of responsibility, self-sufficiency, and dignity. We are proud of our men and the efforts they undertake to rebuild their lives. Change begins within, and Step Denver provides the ‘Hand Up’ to assist men in that process.