“It comes fully furnished with all this beautiful furniture when you move in,” Quinn Brymer shares as she gives us a tour of her two bedroom home. Filled with stuffed animals, pictures of her children and their artwork, it is hard to believe at one time this mother of four lost her kids. “I suffered with addiction for the past 13 years of my life and that led to consequences of my children being taken away."
A social worker encouraged Quinn to look into to a residential and outpatient treatment program for women struggling to overcome substance abuse. When she committed herself to STEP2’s recovery program, her life dramatically changed. "Yesterday I celebrated 18 months [sober]. I couldn't have done it without STEP2."
"We want to break the cycle of addiction,” explains STEP2 CEO, Diaz Dixon. The private non-profit is expanding to help even more women. "This is our $2.9-million project that we have broken ground on,” he shows us. Diaz says STEP2 still needs donations to raise enough money to be matched by the Redfield Foundation and an anonymous donor. The new 20 bed residential treatment facility will replace a much smaller house STEP2 currently uses, which is not only where women in treatment live, but also where they receive therapy, counseling and classes they need to live clean and sober. It's an intensive, long-term program with many of the women living on campus for more than a year. Diaz says the length of time in this program is part of the reason STEP2 outperforms other programs which have an average 17% rate. “Our success rate will be anywhere from 55-64%."
STEP2’s new center will provide space for classes to help women care for their reunited families even more - from financial to meal planning. STEP2 also helps them find suitable, gainful employment. The new facility will also store furniture donations from the community. When a woman moves from the residential treatment center to her own cottage, it is fully furnished and she can take everything with her when she moves out on their own.
Most importantly, however, these women will leave here with a better understanding of themselves. “She has to recognize who she is and have great awareness as to what got her here in the first place and what are the changes that she's going to make." For Quinn, those changes are already happening and she says there is no going back. "Today my life is great. I'm in college right now at TMCC and I have all my kids home. They're happy. I have a lot of hope for my future."
You can support STEP2 at its 23rd Annual Homes for the Holidays in Southwest Reno this weekend.
Kick-off party with an exclusive Friday night home tour
Location: Atlantis Casino
Black Tie optional
Tickets $175 each or a table for 10 for $1,500
Date: Saturday and Sunday Dec 5-6
Day Tour check-in: Smithridge Shopping Center near Stein Mart
Tickets $40 in advance, $45 at the door
St. Ives Florist, Reno Dry Bar, Nothing To It, GJ Rhodes, Whispering Vine (both locations).
You can also buy tickets online at www.step2reno.org.
For more info on the event contact Erica Baker 775-787-9411, extension 206.