Four more Step2 cottages to get makeovers

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RENO, NV (KOLO) Substance abuse treatment facility Step2 has been helping local women break the cycle of addiction since 1986, and it is in their 25 cottages where they and their children live during their rehab.

“For many of the women it’s the first safe and sober home they have ever had,” said CEO Mari Hutchinson.

With an average of 200 women coming to the facility each year, the cottages have seen their share of wear and tear.

“The cottages were built in 2001 so they are 18 years old and they are showing their age,” Hutchinson added.

As a result, four more cottages are being remodeled this year after six were restored in prior years.

Ryder Homes and Toll brothers are handling the construction on the operation being overseen by the Builders Association of Northern Nevada.

“We have such a problem in this region with addiction and mental health,” said BANN CEO Don Tatro. “They are able to keep families together, and we are able to help the living environment for the families so it’s a great partnership.”

Still, the project remains far from completed, with more than half of the cottages still needing work, and donations of household supplies needed for them – which can be made at their facility on Safe Harbor Lane.

The newest cottages will be unveiled on September 20th.