TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Since opening their doors two years ago in Terre Haute, Next Step Foundation has strived to save the lives of those recovering from drug and alcohol addiction.
Back in July, News 10 brought you a story about the center not only housing homeless men and women but providing jobs through their coffee house called Meeting Grounds.
On Friday the center continued to expand in hopes of living out their mission.
“What brought me here was the loss of my life so to speak. I’d hit rock bottom, alcoholism,” said Steven Fehrenbach.
He gave News 10 a tour of the Cornerstone House. For Next Step Foundation it’s a new addition that houses up to 10 men recovering from addiction.
“We happened to find a house that was for sale and through a grant from the Hux Charitable Trust and the Oakley Foundation we got the funds to get a down payment and through the seller being very cooperative, and being able to work with us. There were repairs needed to be made and they swapped us some of the monthly payments,” Dana Simons, Executive Director, Next Step.
The new house is part of a larger goal, to not only achieve sobriety but recovery.
“It’s important to our residents and our graduates that we continue to expand so that they can have community. A lot of recovery involves meeting new people, getting new places, and new things,” said Simons.
Through classes and working at the coffee house he’s learning to do just that.
“Recovery is holding onto the sober mind that you have achieved. Sobriety is just the tip of the iceberg. Recovery is learning to live again,” Fehrenbach said. “The key function is the classes we attend such as the Boundaries, and the It Take Courage class. They teach how to establish things like boundaries.”
Next Step can now house up to 30 people, 20 in the women’s facility and up to 10 in the men’s.
The foundation serves an issue in the community that continues to grow.
“People can get trapped in that addiction lifestyle, and what we are trying to do is create lasting recovery, and have the community embrace them as they embrace the community,” Simons explained.
On the mantle in the Cornerstone House sits a picture of Steven’s father, it’s a piece of him in the place he now calls home.
“Without this I couldn’t have stuck the landing,” Fehrenbach said.
Next Step Foundation is waiting to hear about an impending grant. They hope to open up a childcare center so the mothers and fathers staying there can be reunited with their children.