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Groundbreaking Held for Men’s Lodge

Embargoed for November 15, 2018– Oklahoma City – OKC Metro Alliance broke ground on a new apartment complex in South Oklahoma City this week. Over 100 people attended the event. The Alliance is expanding its Men’s facility by constructing twenty (20) units of single room occupancy transitional housing and making other improvements related to the

OKC Metro Alliance, Inc. Awarded Arnall Family Foundation Grant

Oklahoma City-The Arnall Family Foundation has awarded OKC Metro Alliance, Inc. $22,320 to conduct a needs assessment of the Public Inebriate Alternative (PIA). The PIA was established to minimize the numbers of individuals experiencing incarceration following an arrest for public intoxication. The 90-day grant will be used to identify needs of PIA detainees and see

Firstep’s new kitchen could be just the right recipe

OKLAHOMA CITY – A kitchen makeover could help more women struggling with substance abuse get their lives back on track. OKC Metro Alliance received $73,000 from two grants to help build a commercial kitchen for its women’s sober living initiative, Firstep. Connie Schlittler said once the construction is completed and the kitchen receives health department

Firstep raises money to narrow 2018 budget gap

OKLAHOMA CITY – John Cloud had to get away from work. Not far, just to his car so he could sleep it off a little. He’d overdone it that morning, pouring a little too much liquor into his Diet Dr Pepper. But before he could get to the garage he was stopped by a police

Developer’s Challenge: Use Firstep

Oklahoma City - In a room filled with city leaders, developers, bankers, and other civically engaged residents, developer Gary Brooks issued a challenge to business owners.“ If you’re a leader in your company, you need to start calling (Firstep) and get them in your business,” he said. Firstep is a work and recovery program, administered by

Needs & Deeds: Local agency offers remedies to addiction challenges

Upkeep of Firstep men's recovery center is the responsibility of the residents who cook, clean and maintain the grounds. Oklahoma ranks second in the nation for substance abuse disorders, including alcohol, at 11.9 percent. State officials estimate between 700,000 and 950,000 adult Oklahomans need services, but most are not receiving the care they need, according

Firstep program lets workers earn recovery

OKLAHOMA CITY–When Mitchell Hearn began working with a demolition crew at the First National Center months ago, he didn’t like the job. But he’ll soon earn his first paycheck, and he said he’s glad to bring home 10 percent of his earnings, about $29 for a 40-hour week. The other 90 percent is deducted for taxes, insurance, transportation

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