October 2018: Conversations and Research Begin, Meetings, Networking Among Community
January 2019: Entity Formed, 7-Member Board of Directors Created from a a broad base of expertise and community affiliations with experience in sober/transitional living, addictions counseling, social work, grant-writing and non-profit administration, accounting, real estate, and public health administration.
January 2019: Began attending BSB Substance Abuse Task Force meetings
March 2019: 501(c)3 Application Approved by the IRS
March 2019: Prospective Facility Identified: Action Inc. Building
April 2019: Began developing partnerships with other related service providers in town, including the Butte Rescue Mission, CCCS Inc, AA/NA and Montana Chemical Dependency Center.
July 2019: $15,000 Grant received from Montana Healthcare Foundation to pursue State of MT DPHHS Substance Use Disorder provider endorsement; develop revenue model; business plan.
August 2019: Began working with Aune Associates Consulting to pursue MT state endorsement as a Substance Use Disorder provider.
August 2019: Entered a Buy-Sell Agreement on a 7-Bedroom house with a closing date of November 1st.
September 2019: $15,000 grant from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation to support participation of low income individuals and pay salary for the Residential Manager
September 2019: Withdrew from contract to purchase house due to inability to adequately respond to neighborhood backlash and the spread of misinformation
October 2019: Submitted a proposal for a partnership to CCCS Inc. Board of Directors, outlining a plan for sharing resources and asking their organization to provide treatment services to residents in the SPIRIT Home through the SMART Program
November 2019: Began crafting a job description for a full time Residence Manager to live in the home
December 2019: Discussed options for building a home with a local developer and an architect, as there would potentially be less backlash from neighbors if we built on an empty lot
February 2020: Continued to search for appropriate home in Butte to site the SPIRIT Home
March 2020: Posted job description for Residence Manager online
April 2020: Began interviewing potential candidates for the Residence Manager position
May 2020: Hired Demetrius Fassas to serve as the part-time Executive Director
June 2020: Purchased Home at 609 West Galena, in Butte, MT
July 2020: Received $1,000 grant from the Anaconda Community Foundation to assist in paying for home improvements
August 2020: Home improvement projects and outfitting with furnishings and fixtures to suit the needs of the Recovery Home
September 2020: Received $15,000 grant from the Gianforte Foundation to assist in paying for home improvements
October 2020: Received $2,300 grant from the Western Service Area Authority to support participation of low income individuals
November 2020: Hired/Contracted Residence Manager and Assistant Residence Manager positions
December 2020: Received $40,000 grant from Montana Mental Health Trust to cover Executive Director and Assistant Residence Manager staff positions
January 2021: Moved in first Butte SPIRIT Home Resident
April 2021: Received license from Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services as an ASAM Level 3.1 Recovery Home
May 2021: Received $15,000 from a private donor to establish a Scholarship Fund for low-income residents
July 2021: Received $50,000 grant from the Montana Healthcare Foundation to scale up staffing and create a benefits package
August 2021: Transitioned Residence Manager position from CCCS contract to Butte SPIRIT payroll
September 2021: Received $26,000 grant from the Gianforte Foundation to cover Residence Manager staff position
October 2021: Granted full State Approval from the Department of Health and Human Services, enabling Butte SPIRIT to bill insurance for provided services
November 2021: Butte SPIRIT Home reached full capacity for the first time with 7 men living there; 12 total men served since January 2021
December 2021: Received $50,000 grant from Montana Mental Health Trust to cover Clinical Director staff position
Matt Boyle of KBMF 102.5 FM Interviews Sean Wisner and Demetrius Fassas KBMF – Butte ...
Our mission is to provide supportive housing and services to those recovering from substance abuse by creating an accessible, drug and alcohol-free environment, supporting fellowship and building partnerships among the recovery community. We seek to build connections with those that are invested in their own inner transformation, and to help them transition into a healthy peer supported network