New home offers women a safe, sober place to recover in Steamboat Springs |

New home offers women a safe, sober place to recover in Steamboat Springs

This home will provide women from Routt and Moffat counties with a safe, sober living space as they make their way through a 12-month recovery program. Come As You Are is the first such residential recovery home for women in Steamboat Springs.
John F. Russell

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The 2,500-square-foot home in Steamboat Springs offers four bedrooms, three bathrooms and a den that has been transformed into an office. But for Leilani Brooks, the structure offers so much more, including the opportunity to provide a whole lot of love and support to the women who have been accepted to take part in a new faith-based recovery program offered by Come As You Are.

“I wanted to start getting the word out that this resource is available in the Yampa Valley,” said Brooks, who has been working on opening a recovery house for women in Steamboat Springs for more than a year. “This is a 12-month, residential program for women coming out of addiction.”

The new CAYA House, which is located in a rented home behind Steamboat Christian Center on Dougherty Road, will be the base for a residential program that is designed to provide a safe, sober space for women in recovery. The Foundry Treatment Center in Steamboat offers residential programs for men, but before this location opened earlier this month, Steamboat had no residential programs for women.

“The yearlong program will be broken up into three phases, four months each,” Brooks said. “It will start with a Christ-centered foundation and will be followed by a life skills section, and finally, a transitions program.”

The program begins by introducing the residents to God’s love and the power of faith. Brooks hopes faith will help the residents find success in the life skills section where residents can earn five different certificates through Franklin Covey business courses and lessons from the Financial Peace University.

While in the program, residents will work as part of a cleaning business with all of the money generated going back into the program to help pay for rent, utilities and other expenses. The women will work as a group on 10 residential contracts and one commercial agreement.

“The second phase is more geared toward life skills and job training,” Brooks said.

The final four-month phase of the program is designed to assist the women with transitioning back into the community by helping residents get their driver’s license, GED diploma or get their kids back.

If You Go

What: Grand opening of the Come As You Are House
Where: 795 Dougherty Road
When: Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 8
Activities: Barbecue, ribbon cutting, building dedication, live music, an auction and games for the children. There will also be a photographer on hand offering family photos.
Cost: $15 for a barbecue plate, $45 for a family plate. Proceeds benefit the program.

“Whatever that looks like, we will be there to help them along the way,” Brooks said. “We will help them get a job outside the ministry, and by that time, they can work outside of the program.”

Brooks said there will be a grand opening celebration at the home on Saturday, June 8.

The programs offered at the nonprofit CAYA House are available for women in Routt and Moffat counties and are free to those who admitted into the home. Currently, there is room for six women in the facility.

To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209, email or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966.

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