HELP FOR ONE
MEANS A BETTER PLACE FOR ALL
ANNUAL REPORT 2016
WE ARE THANKFUL FOR THE SUPPORT OF OUR
COMMUNITY THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
CEO & Board Chair
Fiscal Year 2016 continued to be a fight on the war of the opiate epidemic in
our community. The need for First Step Home’s services for women and women with
children has continued to increase. Our goal is to provide wrap around services for
each woman that enters our doors. Because of the complex needs of the women we
serve, we continue to expand our partnerships with numerous professionals and
other agencies within our community.
As you read through our Annual Report, you will find wonderful, life-changing
stories from the women we serve and, gratefully, you will find that we are financially
stable. In the spring of this year, we held our most successful Gala, due to the
support of the friends of First Step Home. In addition, we held our largest client
graduation that was attended by family members, professionals and other
supporters of our agency.
Safe, affordable housing is a critical barrier for many of the women leaving
treatment. Even though First Step Home has made some progress in this area for
those women in our program, it continued to be a major issue during this fiscal year.
As a result, in order to meet the needs of our women, we purchased a twenty-three
unit apartment building that will provide another resource for our women on their
return to the community. Over the next several months, the apartment building will
provide single bedroom apartments and efficiencies for First Step Home women.
In January of this Fiscal Year, we lost, due to a terminal illness, the First Step
Home Vice President, Terry Schoenling. Terry was a dedicated solider in the care and
treatment of women and children. In honor of his outstanding work, one of our
buildings will be named the Terry Schoenling Home for Mothers and Infants. He will
be missed by many.
As a mission driven agency, First Step Home will continue to assess the needs
of women with substance use disorder who present for treatment and provide
quality services. It is our goal that they will return to the community drug free, law
abiding, tax paying community members.
We thank you for your support.
Jeffrey Hendricks, Esq.
First Step Home Board Chair
First Step Home President & CEO
Margo Spence - President & CEO
Margo Spence has served as the President & CEO of First Step Home for 15 years. Prior
to that Ms. Spence served as the Director over the Women’s Halfway Houses and Jail
Treatment Component at Talbert House. Ms. Spence has extensive experience in
substance abuse and mental health treatment through numerous leadership
positions and her nine years of experience working at Hillcrest School.
Natasha Busam - Director of Finance
A native of Pennsylvania, Natasha Busam came to Cincinnati to attend Xavier
University. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Ms. Busam went to
work in public accounting, spending almost 13 years in public accounting. Ms. Busam
served as Board Treasurer for 5 years and joined the staff in January of 2016.
DeeAnn Camp - Director of Regulatory
DeeAnn Camp joined First Step Home in June of 2016. Ms. Camp previously served as
Director of Head Start at Cincinnati Union Bethel for 11 years. She was previously
House Manager at the Halfway House for Women at Talbert House and has experience
in child welfare and other leadership roles in the nonprofit arena.
Cindy Fisher - Director of Human Resources
Cindy Fischer, Director of Human Resources, has served at First Step Home for nearly
10 years. Prior to her tenure at First Step Home, Ms. Fischer served as Human
Resources Manager at Continental PET Technologies for 14 years. Ms. Fischer has an
extensive background in human resource issues in non-profit organizations.
Rachel Lyon - Director of Development
Rachel Lyon, Director of Development, has served at Northern Kentucky University
and the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati. Ms. Lyon is an Emmy Award winning
documentary filmmaker, has served as a professor of communications and has been
a development professional for 20 years.
MaryAnn O’Malloy M.Ed, LPCC-S, LIcDC-CS
Director of Clinical Services
MaryAnn O’Malloy, Director of Clinical Services, has served at First Step Home for
over 4 years. She has served as Clinical Director at Mental Health Access Point/Central
Clinic, and Clinical Supervisor of the Integrated Dual Disorder Team at Greater
Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services. Ms. O’Malloy has served in the arena of
addiction treatment for the past 30 years.
The opiate epidemic continues to
rage on. As a result, First Step Home is
experiencing an increase in pregnant,
opiate addicted women who need our
help. With the advent of the Terry
Schoenling Home for Women and
Infants, we will be better able to meet
the needs of new mothers. As an agency,
we focus our treatment on meeting the
individual needs of all our substancedependent clients. We house recovering
women together with their children, up
to the age of twelve. Parenting groups
for women with children of all ages are
provided. We partner with other
agencies to ensure our clients’ children
are receiving the services they need in
order to break the cycle of addiction.
In addition to the above, First Step
Home offers important supportive
services for women. The services
include addiction counseling, vocational
assistance, access to medication assisted
treatment (MAT ), case management and
access to medical care that includes
assistance through a holistic, integrated
Our team consists of staff with the
highest credentials and cutting-edge
training on Trauma Informed Care. We
consultants to help our staff shift from a
“What is the problem?” mentality, to a
“How can I help?” stance. Staff
contribute ideas for better service and
help incorporate specialty groups to
meet the complex needs of our clients. A
Peer Mentor was added to our team, and
she brings with her knowledge of
“walking the walk.” We are not static
here. In fact, we are ever evolving to find
the best services, best practice models,
and specialty groups to help our women
clients grow to their full potential.
2016 Fiscal Year Funders
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Cincinnati Woman’s Club Foundation
Community Shares of Greater Cincinnati
George B. Riley Trust
Hamilton County Mental Health & Recovery Services Board
The Heekin Fund
Ohio Department of Job & Family Services
Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services
Robert H. Reakirt Foundation, PNC Bank, Trustee
Cincinnati City Council
Member Yvette Simpson
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For the second year in a row, First
Step Home finished the fiscal year with
revenue in excess of expenses by over
$350,000. These dollars will be used to
fund operations and capital projects
going forward. For fiscal year 2016, the
agency budgeted $3.3 million dollars for
contributions and grants. The agency
exceeded these dollars, and total
revenue was $3.8 million dollars. Our
success is due in part to the generosity of
our friends, contributors and the most
successful gala ever.
Looking toward the future and
fiscal year 2017, there are both
challenges and opportunities.
challenge during the upcoming fiscal
year is transitioning the business model
to align with the State of Ohio changes to
Government Fees & Grants
Contributions, Fundraising & Donations
Other Operating Income
Medicaid billings. For
the agency this will
under two defined programs, residential
and outpatient. Groups, staffing and all
other operating services will need to be
transitioned to fit the billing model. The
most exciting new opportunity is for the
women themselves – Access to
Recovery. This program, through the
State of Ohio, provides voucher
opportunities to the women to pay for
housing, medical and other qualified
The success of the past fiscal year,
combined with the new opportunities
presented pave the way for a successful
fiscal year 2017.
This year First Step Home established a
Development Committee within the Board and will hold
our first ever Advisory Board meeting in November of
2016. In our inaugural year the department raised over
$100,000 in private foundation, county and state funds and corporate grants from the
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati Woman's Club Foundation,
Community Shares of Greater Cincinnati, George B. Riley Trust, Hamilton County
Mental Health & Recovery Services Board, the Heekin Fund, Ohio Department of Job
& Family Services, the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services and
the Robert H. Reakirt Foundation, PNC Bank, Trustee.
In addition there have been key state awards that are helping with the
renovation of the Terry Schoenling Home for Mothers and Infants and recovery
housing. The State of Ohio awarded two new grants to First Step Home, the first for
Recovery Housing and the second for capital improvements. The Recovery Housing
grant for $99,945, reimbursed First Step Home for the salaries, benefits and
additional operating costs related to the agency’s recovery housing properties. The
second grant for a total of $210,000 for capital improvements is allowing First Step
Home to renovate the Terry Schoenling Home for Mothers and Infants.
We held our annual Rose Gala Award Dinner in May 2016, where we raised over
$50,000. Special thanks to all our donors and friends who contributed to the success
of this event. This year’s award winners were Bloomfield/Schon for corporate service,
Mark Schoeny for his individual service, Zeta Phi Beta for their community efforts and
a special lifetime achievement award in honor of the late Terry Schoenling. Next
year’s event will be held at
the Cincinnati Woman’s Club
on April 22nd, 2017.
First Step Home served over 300
women and 160 children this past fiscal
year, and the agency continues to have a
waiting list. The majority of our
population (98%) are opiate addicted
women. Our residential house, where the
majority of the women reside when they
first enter the program, maintained a
98% occupancy rate during this past
fiscal year. The women continue to have
barriers with finding safe, affordable
housing after they have successfully
completed the First Step Home program.
The Sober Living and Recovery Houses
allow these women to maintain their
sobriety while they work or attend
school, with the main goal of finding
safe, affordable, permanent housing.
These houses maintained a 98%
occupancy rate as well.
In March of 2016 a twenty-three
unit apartment building was purchased
which will eventually double the
capacity of housing for women we
currently serve. Graduates of the First
Step Home program who have full-time
employment will be eligible to move into
this building along with their children.
In October the agency will hold a
dedication of 2207 Fulton Avenue, the
Terry Schoenling Home for Mothers and
Infants. The Home will house eight
women who are either close to delivery,
or who have just given birth, and will
stay in the home for several weeks to
bond with their newborns. The goal is to
have women and infants in the home by
early in 2017.
First Step Home has certainly changed my life today we have 10 months and 11
days clean only by the grace of God. I can truly say I love First Step Home. Staff is
amazing and are always here when I need them the most. Because of First Step and
me working my recovery I’m in outpatient treatment, have a place, great sober
support and great people in my life. I’ll be graduating in November and I’m sure
gonna miss First Step Home. First Step Home – you have saved my life!
I arrived at First Step Home nearly seven months pregnant, scared and excited
at the same time as to what was in store for me. I felt that this was do or die. My last
chance at any type of future and to be a mother to this unborn child. I remember
walking through the front door and I thought, “Oh my gosh, how am I gonna do
this?” After the staff greeted me, as well as some of the other girls who were in the
same situation I was, I felt relief and welcome. It’s been 16 months and I am a
successful mom, former student and on my way to full independence. Coming to
First Step Home was the BEST decision I’ve ever made. They taught me how to arrest
my disease, to be a mother and helped rebuild my confidence. I honestly have no
idea where I’d be without First Step Home. It was here that I got my life back.
First Step Home has helped to change me in ways that I never thought
possible. I am responsible today, honest, trustworthy, confident, capable, happy and
healthy. I continue every day to become a better mother, daughter, friend, etc. The
insecurities that I struggled with before continue to melt away. The staff here at First
Step Home is wonderful. There are so many things that I feel about them but the one
that sums it up the best is that they truly loved me until I learned to love myself.
Cincinnati Church of the Brethren brought 15
youth and adult volunteers, some from as far
away as Elizabethtown, PA, to First Step
Home’s gardens this summer. The volunteers
tamed the wilds of our backyards and
children’s play area. The effort was amazing,
as were the results.
furnishings for “terry’s home”
Our need for more housing is urgent. We hope you can
donate to the Terry Schoenling Home for Mothers and
Infants. Send a check to 2211 Fulton Ave., Cincinnati, OH
45206. (Make checks payable to: First Step Home Terry’s
Home) Or ‘gift’ us furnishings for “Terry’s Home” from the
First Step Home baby registry at WWW.TARGET.COM.