Our Story


OKC Metro Alliance, Inc. was founded in 1973 to administer the PIA in downtown OKC. The Firstep Recovery Programs for men (founded in 1987) and Women (founded in 1989) provide an opportunity for those with alcohol and substance dependencies to become clean and sober and thus reclaim the lives they once had.

The founders of the Firstep programs saw a need in the community for a residential recovery program that was accessible, affordable, and effective. A therapeutic community was born. We strive not only to help individuals regain their sober lives, but to help them learn gain life skills, education, work experience and so much more.

50 Pillars of okc metro alliance

For over 50 years, OKCMA has been serving Oklahomans. The people listed below, along with countless other individuals and organizations, helped build OKCMA into what it is today. We honor and thank them for their contribution to our mission.

The mission of OKC Metro Alliance is to assist Oklahoman’s who want to recover from substance abuse by providing long term residential work recovery and to offer alternatives to incarceration through the operation of the Oklahoma City Public Inebriate Alternative program.



  • Service to Others – We strive to minimize the negative impact of substance abuse on families and our communities.
  • Work – We strive to create economic opportunities for those who have been denied them due to substance abuse and alcohol. Working and making a contribution back to the community is an important part of recovery.
  • Stewardship and Responsibility – We strive to be accountable to each other and good stewards of the agency and community resources.
  • Honesty and Integrity – We operate at the highest ethical standards in all of our practices. We hope to bring the utmost authenticity of the individual through life skills and 12 step recovery.
  • Diversity – We respect others and value diverse cultures and uniqueness of each person.
  • Excellence – We will persistently create better ways of doing the things we do. We will not rest on our accomplishments but will rather build on them in our personal and professional journey to be the best we can be.
  • Hope – We believe healing and recovery spring from the soil of hope and optimism.
  • Compassion – We strive to do everything with love and compassion for those who are in need.


Frank Turner


Barbara Young


Gary Wood, Riggs Abney Law Firm

Connie Weber

Diane Strube

Bonny Green

Chief Wade Gourley, OKC Police Department

Linda Cravens

Jimmy Durant, SSM Saint Anthony Hospital

Tania Smith, TS Phillips Investments, Inc.

William R. Kerr, Palladian Holdings, LLC

Dr. Amy Newberry, Restore Family Counseling Services

Laura Kerr, The Kerr Foundation, Inc.

Roy Vinyard, Vinyard Fruit & Vegetable Co.

Advisory Board Members

Blake Wade, American Indian Cultural Center

Cheryl Borelli, Banc First

Ryan O’Toole, OKC Fairgrounds

Scott Brown, Origin Resource Group

Mac Mullings, Oklahoma County Criminal Justice Authority


additional information

Click to view the documents