The Builder’s Association of Northern Nevada (BANN) and its charitable arm, the Builder’s Association Charity (BAC), once again worked to revitalize homes on STEP2’s campus.
STEP2 is a private, local non-profit organization that has been serving Northern Nevada since 1986. It provides long-term treatment services for substance use disorders, domestic violence intervention and trauma services for women.
However, the nonprofit also works with women to find stable employment, reunify with their children, and access quality health care.
It is one of only a few treatment programs to offer family-oriented services like these.
After a client completes their residential treatment, they’re eligible to move into one of the cottages on STEP2’s campus to experience life on their own — before fully reintegrating back into society.
BANN and other Northern Nevadan builders, subcontractors and suppliers come together each year to remodel these cottages for the women and children in the program.
The remodeling process, now in its third year, starts in June and ends in September. At the end of the remodeling, the homes are furnished with donated items and are ready to move in.
“We are so grateful to the Builder’s Association of Northern Nevada for adopting our campus and for all of the organizations and individuals who participate each year,” said Mari Hutchinson, STEP2’s CEO. “Our women are working so hard to break the cycle of addiction in their families and to be able to move into a newly remodeled cottage during this process is such a gift to them.”
If you missed the showcase, STEP2’s next event is the Jingle and Mingle Gala at the Peppermill Reno on December 6, 2019.
STEP2’s services and opportunies can be found at https://step2reno.org/support/.
Kylie Masznicz is a recent graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno, where she studied English with a concentration in writing with a minor in Communication Studies. She writes culture pieces for ThisIsReno, but her work has also been featured on Broadway Baby and Brushfire Literature & Arts Journal. Her goal is to write a novel. She enjoys art of all forms, but chooses to express her own creativity through writing, music, and nail art. She also collects Christmas sweaters and has enough to wear one everyday from Thanksgiving to New Years.