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To empower women to overcome substance abuse disorders so that they can achieve self-sufficiency and provide a safe and nurturing environment for their children.


First Step Home will be the center of excellence providing a continuum of care for women and women with children suffering from the effects of addiction.


Guiding Principles:

  • Evidence Based Programs

  • Comprehensive Recovery Continuum

  • Client Centered Services

  • Collaboration


Our Vision: F.I.R.S.T.: Flexibility, Integrity, Respect, Stewardship, Teamwork


To adapt to changes and move quickly to serve our clients, looking for the best solutions regardless of historical process.



We will communicate openly and honestly with co-workers, the clients we serve, their families and in our dealings with the public. We will use proper lines of communication. We will maintain confidentiality and adhere to the First Step Home Compliance Plan and Code of Conduct.



We will be the face of First Step Home and as such we will be positive, friendly, courteous and dress properly at all times. We will treat people the way we ourselves wish to be treated without regard to gender, employee status, ethnicity or sexual preference. We will happily act as a resource when approached for help. We will be influential without being intimidating in our dealings with people we work for and with.



We will practice good stewardship by utilizing our resources, time and talents effectiely as we highly value the public trust.



We will be committed to building relationships with other team members. We will actively commit to creating a warm client/family environment. We will be supportive of new staff members by offering to help and by setting a positive and warm work place.

-Susan Strassburg


From a Client...

Before I came to First Step Home my life was totally unmanageable. I arrived here last from jail because I was addicted to heroin.  I liked the house and the staff who went out of their way to help the residents.  I didn’t put much effort into my recovery.  I went through the motions and made it to transitional housing.  Shortly after, I relapsed and left the program.I immediately went back to my old habits, including hanging out with my boyfriend of nine years who was also a heroin addict.  I had only been gone from First Step for six days when I woke up and found my boyfriend lying on the floor.  He had overdosed.  I called an ambulance and performed CPR. He lived for two days on life support.  By the grace of God I was arrested two days after his death.  My four-year-old daughter who had lost her father had to live with her grandma.  When I was able to return to First Step Home, I was ready to get clean.  I love the program and have been clean for ten months.  I got my daughter back and she lives with me at First Step Home.  I owe so much to this program for giving me the chance and the tools to a real life.