Sammie at work
Collaboration Works!

PORT Health’s Stepping Stone Manor provides clinically managed, low-intensity residential services for adult men diagnosed with a substance use disorder who also require daily supervision. The primary goal is to help residents map out a plan for long-term recovery. A combination of treatment methods are used to address their needs and enable successful re-integration into the community. The philosophy of treatment focuses on treating the illness and helping residents develop new coping skills built on each person’s strengths.

Sammie at workSammie arrived at Stepping Stone Manor’s recovery house and took full advantage of the program. While there, his relationship with his wife was strengthened and they decided to settle in Wilmington, NC permanently. While going through the program, Sammy was referred to Easterseals UCP’s Individual Placement & Support (IPS) program, which specializes in helping individuals with severe and persistent mental illness find a job and maintain it.

Sammie was engaged with IPS services while completing his Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Program (SAIOP) at Stepping Stone Manor. He was able to immediately find a job in a restaurant working

Four months later, with the help of his Employment Support Professional, Sammie found a warehouse job at NFI industries and within just a few weeks he was able to earn his forklift certification and a raise! In addition, Sammie continues to work nights at the restaurant.

Today, Sammie has graduated from the Stepping Stone Manor program and he and his wife recently moved into a new apartment. From the beginning, Sammie maintained a positive attitude and was wonderful to work with.

To learn more, go to PORT Health’s Stepping Stone Manor and Easterseals UCP’s Individual Placement & Support (IPS) program.

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