Joining forces on the road to recovery
Thursday, May 24, 2018
Contributor: Michelle Devine Giese, CEO at Apricity
In January 2018, two successful, long-standing nonprofits joined forces to become one entity: Apricity, which means “warmth of sun in winter.” The name is fitting, as both Mooring Programs (Appleton) and STEP Industries (Neenah) merged together to better serve men and women suffering with the disease of substance use disorder; a disease that robs a person of joy and leaves one feeling as though they exist under a cloud of despair.
The merge addresses gaps that existed in the former mental health and addiction recovery services, creating a cutting-edge model of care. The new model offers a complete continuation of services designed to move men and women from instability to self-sufficiency and economic independence. Apricity is like no other nonprofit in the country and includes intensive residential treatment, job readiness training through contract packaging, a vocational learning center, and supportive sober living housing.
Apricity will treat, house, support, and train over 600 recovering men and women in 2018. With in-house mental health counselors at both the men’s and women’s treatment locations, and recovery coaches and peer support specialists onsite at contract packaging, we offer a wraparound service to our clients. Clients are provided transportation for job training and have the ability to stay within the Apricity organization at different levels of care until they are ready to take the next step.
We appreciate the support and encouragement we received from United Way Fox Cities when we began this journey in July 2017. Without this support, as well as the support from our referral agencies, packaging partners, and the community, this merger would not have been possible.