First Step Home helps new moms break free of addiction

Saturday, May 14, 6 p.m., Woman’s Club of Cincinnati

First Step Home’s Rose Award Gala will support its Maternal Addiction Program and honor the late Terry Schoenling by naming its new building in her memory.

The organization aims to help women break the cycle of addiction and abuse so they can become self-sufficient and provide a safe, nurturing environment for their children. The program has served 256 women and supported 136 births since its inception in 2014.

“Working to meet the rapid rise in pregnant, addicted women coming through our doors, we are dedicating this new renovation to our beloved friend Terry Schoenling, who passed away in January,” said CEO Margo Spence.

“The new residence gives women a chance to bond with their newborns while we put together the 24/7 wrap-around services necessary to ease women out of opiate addiction and help them to deliver healthy babies.”

Program statistics indicate that women in the program stay substance-free 85 percent of the time, and 98 percent have no further contact with the justice system.

“We provide safe, sober housing and 24-hour care for women in need,” said clinical director Mary Ann O’Malloy. “Our clinical and support services help women face their addictions and move on to become responsible moms, moving back into the community with new skills.”

The event will be hosted by Channel 12’s Liz Bonis.

Tickets are $150.

Visit firststephome.org

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