Once a client has successfully completed residential treatment and does not have a safe and sober place to return to in the community, she is eligible for STEP2’s transitional housing. STEP2’s Transitional Housing or The Lighthouse Campus has 25 cottages ranging from one, two and three bedrooms.
Client moves into a fully furnished home (furnished entirely by community donations) and if she remains compliant with treatment and fiscal responsibility, she will take it all with her when she moves to her next home
Children can live with their moms in the cottages and STEP2 partners with courts, CPS and other agencies to support moms in reuniting with their children.
Clients will pay rent (1st month is free, 2nd month is ½ rent and third month is full rent) and are encouraged to stay for a year but are not limited to only a year. STEP2 is able to provide positive rental history references for clients who are financially complaint.
Client will have case management to address budget, schedule, child care, TANF, resources and future housing.
STEP2’s Community Engagement Coordinator provides weekly activities, such as hiking, art museums, live music, fundraisers, swimming, yoga, theater, movies, art events, and sober support groups so that the clients can build their support and social networks outside of STEP2.
Clients plan for, maintain and consume food from a community garden on campus.
Partnerships in the community allow for clients to enter into the workforce smoothly and for them to receive ongoing support to attain their next job with employment offering a livable wage.
Clients form a “Community Council” and are responsible for maintaining a healthy and active community, as well as giving back in the form of peer mentorship to residential clients and community service through maintaining the campus and garden.