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First Step Announces Three New Board Members

First Step Announces Three New Board Members

SARASOTA, Florida – June 12, 2007 – First Step of Sarasota is pleased to announce the election of three new members to its Board of Directors. The new board members are Dr. Lawrence Miller, who was also re- cently appointed as the Interim Assistant City Manager; Ms. Patricia Moffitt, controller at xG Technology, Inc.; and Mr. Alan Quinby, who has retired from his position as senior counselor at Clarke Advertising and Public Relations.

In 2006, First Step served more than 7,500 adolescent and clients in its residential and outpatient pro- grams. For more information about First Step please call 941-366-5333.

First Step of Sarasota is the regional leader in alcohol and drug addiction recovery programs. They foster fully functioning, productive individuals by offering a full array of services in partnership with the commu- nity.

For more information about First Step of Sarasota, or to arrange an interview contact Angela Massaro-Fain at 941-351-0024 or email amassaro-fain@grapeinc.com. Grapevine Communications is an award-winning advertising, marketing, and public relations firm based in Sarasota and serving clients nationwide.

First Step Gives Appreciation Luncheon to Volunteers

First Step Gives Appreciation Luncheon to Volunteers

SARASOTA, Florida – April 26, 2007 – First Step of Sarasota, Inc. held its annual Volunteer Appreciation Lun- cheon on Monday, April 16 at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune offices in downtown Sarasota. Nearly 80 volunteers donated more than 3,000 hours of service in a variety of volunteer positions, includ- ing serving on the Board of Directors, assisting with fund raising events, as well as direct client contact roles, such as rocking babies in the Mothers & Infants and TLC programs. For more information about volunteer opportunities at First Step, contact Kelly French at 941-552-2065. First Step of Sarasota is the regional leader in alcohol and drug addiction recovery programs. They foster fully functioning, productive individuals by offering a full array of services in partnership with the commu- nity. For more information about First Step of Sarasota, or to arrange an interview contact Angela Massaro-Fain at 941-351-0024 or email amassaro-fain@grapeinc.com. Grapevine Communications is an award-winning advertising, marketing, and public relations firm based in Sarasota and serving clients nationwide.

First Step of Sarasota Receives Wonderful Support from the Community through Generous Grants

First Step of Sarasota Receives Wonderful Support from the Community through Generous Grants

SARASOTA, Florida – April 12, 2007 – First Step of Sarasota, the regional leader in alcohol and drug addiction recovery programs is pleased to announce that it has received a grant from The Virginia White Clark Fund of the Bank of America Client Foundation for purchase of a new 12-passenger van. The van will be used to transport clients in First Step’s residential programs to and from medical appointments, court appear- ances and other group outings.

First Step of Sarasota was also just awarded a Jerome and Mildred Paddock Foundation grant to use for the “Get Connected” program. Get Connected is a three-session program for older adults. It is designed to strengthen healthy behaviors, develop problem solving skills and help manage difficult situations. Topics include identifying areas of risk and assets, medication misuse and the importance of rituals and feelings. The program will also discuss the negative impact that alcohol has on individuals as they age and how it interacts with prescription medications.

First Step of Sarasota is pleased to announce that it also received grants from the following organizations: Harold C. and Jacqueline F. Bladel Foundation, Designing Women Grant Program, Mildred and Bernard Doyle Charitable Trust, GTR Foundation, Annette J. Hagens Memorial Foundation Trust and the Eluned and Edward Russell Charitable Foundation. In addition, the agency was awarded a State Housing Initiative Part- nership (SHIP) program grant from the Sarasota Office of Housing and Community Development.

These grants total over $400,000 for First Step. They will be used for a variety of projects that include youth outpatient treatment scholarships, a youth prevention program and for sober housing just to name a few.

For more information about First Step of Sarasota, or to arrange an interview contact Angela Massaro-Fain at 941-351-0024 or email amassaro-fain@grapeinc.com. Grapevine Communications is an award-winning advertising, marketing, and public relations firm based in Sarasota and serving clients nationwide.

Third Annual First Step Classic, Presented by Manasota Flooring to Benefit Recovery Programs at First Step of Sarasota

Third Annual First Step Classic, Presented by Manasota Flooring to Benefit Recovery Programs at First Step of Sarasota

SARASOTA, Florida – April 3, 2007 – First Step of Sarasota, the region’s leader in alcohol and drug addiction recovery programs is hosting a scramble-style tournament at TPC Prestancia to support prevention and recovery programs. The day’s events will include the round of golf, a boxed lunch, dinner, raffle, silent auction and the Jet Blue Challenge Hole-in-One Competition.

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Third Annual First Step Golf Classic, Presented by Manasota Flooring April 30, 2007 11:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m. TPC Prestancia, 4409 TPC Drive, Sarasota

$150 per person, sponsorships available Before April 24, please call 552-2065 For more information contact Kelly French at 552-2065

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For more information about First Step of Sarasota, or to arrange an interview contact Angela Massaro-Fain at 941-351-0024 or email amassaro-fain@grapeinc.com. Grapevine Communications is an award-winning advertising, marketing, and public relations firm based in Sarasota and serving clients nationwide.

First Step Celebrates Opening of Addictions Receiving Facility

Thursday, September 14, 2006 1726 18th Street, Sarasota

First Step Celebrates Opening of Addictions Receiving Facility

With over 130 guests present, First Step celebrated the opening of its newly expanded 30-bed Addictions Receiving on Thursday, September 14. Bill Janes, Director of Florida’s Office of Drug Control, First Step Board President and City Commissioner Mary Anne Servian, and The Honorable Robert Bennett of the 12th Circuit Court joined David Beesley, President and CEO of First Step in the afternoon program.

Built in part with support from Sarasota County, the facility, which officially opened August 1, accepts sub- stance abusing offenders under the State’s Marchment Act which permits substance abusing offenders to be held involuntarily for detox and assessment. The program will continue to treat non-offenders on a voluntary referral basis. The new jail diversion program is expected save the County Corrections Depart- ment an estimated $350,000 annually.

Providing safe and medically supervised detox and assessment services is an important change from the way substance abusing offenders have been cared for previously. In years past, as many as 800 offenders annually have been jailed, charged and released without treatment. Now, these individuals are transported directly to the new facility where, once detoxed, they are referred to one of First Step’s treatment options or to other programs in the community. Elaine Charyn, Director of Detox and Nursing stated, “The first involuntary client told me that he’s been to several other facilities; however his stay at First Step has changed his life.” She continued to state that the man was touched by the caring, dedicated staff, and that their compassion gave him the determination to make a commitment to additional treatment. Since the August 1 opening, over 180 clients have been treated at the Addictions Receiving Facility.

The renovations cost approximately $900,000 and funding for the project came from Sarasota Coun- ty, the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation, Ro- berta Leventhal Sudakoff Foundation and First Step.

For more information about First Step and ARF, or to schedule an interview with First Step please contact Angela Massaro-Fain at 941-351-0024 or email amassarofain@grapeinc.com. Grapevine Communications is an award-winning advertising, marketing, and public relations firm based in Sara- sota and serving clients nationwide.