Many women dealing with drug addiction are faced with the dilemma to either seek help or put their children into foster care. First Step Home addresses this by offering accommodations for both mothers and their children.
Established as a women’s only facility, First Step Home is the only state-certified addiction treatment agency that allows women to stay with their children, up to age 12, during treatment.
Founded in 1993 by several women in recovery, the organization has expanded and enhanced the services they provide for women overcoming addiction.
“I believe that we are offering services that are needed for the future of our city,” said Margo Spence, CEO of First Step Home. “We are really focusing on integrated care, and also that it becomes a very individualized treatment for each individual client that comes here.”
First Step Home serves up to 400 women a year. There are 16 residential treatment beds at the facility, and for about 95% of those clients, the costs of the residential treatment program are covered by Medicaid.
First Step Home offers another 67 housing beds for recovery residences, for those looking for a safe, sober community with more independence. It also offers individual therapy, case management sessions, family counseling, trauma-informed groups, peer mentoring, parenting classes, vocational counseling and mental health services.
The facility is made up of 12 buildings located within a 3-block radius in Walnut Hills.
The campus is structured to build a community: a playground for children, shared communal areas in each house and a community kitchen with fresh produce and meal plans for residents.
“Women come to First Step Home through a variety of paths — from courts, to jail, or word of mouth from successful beneficiaries of the program," said Rachel Lyon, Director of Development at First Step Home. "We take all comers and there’s no pre-judging. The only requirement is that you remain sober.”
First Step Home believes in the power of women to overcome addiction and heal.
“Seeing women turn their lives around and become able to care for themselves and their children is truly inspiring,” Lyon said.
Women looking for treatment agencies can call 513-961-4663
or reach the after-hours hotline at 513-281-7880.