OKC Metro Alliance, Inc.
1940 Linwood Blvd
Oklahoma City OK 73106
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Mission Statement To assist Oklahomans who want to recover from substance abuse by providing long term residential work recovery and to offer alternatives to incarceration.
Contact Information
Contact Name Connie Schlittler
Contact email c.schlittler@okcmetroalliance.com
Address 1940 Linwood Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
Phone (405) 568-4469
Fax 405-235-1071
County Oklahoma County
Alternate Phone 405 232-1864
How to Give
Donate with Credit Card http://www.okcmetroalliance.com
Donate to Endowment http://occf.org/ocma/
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer

Donating to OKC Metro Alliance, Inc.

OKC Metro Alliance, Inc. is a not for profit 501(c)3 corporation. As a not for profit agency, your donation helps us to achieve our mission to assist Oklahomans who want to recover from substance abuse.
Financial Contributions

A check or credit card gift is a simple and convenient way to make a charitable donation.

 

In Kind Donations
such as clothing, furniture, linens, cosmetics and personal hygiene products for our clients are always accepted and appreciated.

Volunteer Opportunities:  Please contact the Business office at (405) 232-1864 
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $1,831,063.20
Projected Expenses $1,827,500.00
History and Background
Former Names
NameYear
N/A
Year Founded 1973
IRS Ruling Year 1978
State Registration Expiration Jan 2018
Statements
Mission To assist Oklahomans who want to recover from substance abuse by providing long term residential work recovery and to offer alternatives to incarceration.
Background

From it's inception, OKC Metro Alliance, Inc. has been an agency for progressive change.The OKC Metro Alliance, Inc. a non-profit corporation was founded in 1973 to administer thePublic Inebriate Alternative (PIA) in downtown Oklahoma City. Over the years OKC Metro Alliance added two residential work recovery programs known as Firstep for individuals who are in need of long term recovery services in a supportive drug and alcohol free environment. The mission of OKC Metro Alliance is toassist Oklahoman's who want to recover from substance abuse by providing long term residential work recovery and to offer alternatives to incarceration.

PIA is an OKCPolice Department program that provides an alternative to the jail and courtsystem for adults who have been detained for public intoxication but aren’t committing any other crime. At the discretion of the detaining officer, persons can be brought to PIA for a ten hour detention period, where they are fed and can "sleep it off" in a safe, clean place. After detainment, theperson is released without criminal charges, court dates or a record of arrest.This progressive program saves police time and tax dollars. Cities across the nation are beginning to replicate the PIA program in efforts to save resources and avoid overcrowding the jail system. OKCMA manages thePIA program for the OKC Police Department.

The Firstep Programs for Men (founded 1987) and Women (founded 1989) provide an opportunity for those with alcohol and chemical dependencies to become clean and sober and thus reclaim the productive lives they once had. Firstep is a long-term,residential, work-recovery program. We have no admission fees, rather, our clients work at job training sites we procure for them and the income generated by that work sustains the program. Our Women's facility has a dormitory offering fifty six (56) beds for women in recovery. The Men's facility has two dormitories with capacity for seventy (70). The men's and women’s programs are six months to two years.

Our clients attend job training five days a week, and devote evenings to the 12-Step program of Alcoholics Anonymous. Referrals to the Firstep programs are received from avariety of resources such as graduates of the program, attorneys, drug and alcohol counselors, ministers, social workers, physicians, 12 step recovery groups, court systems and jail alternative programs such as Drug Courts across Oklahoma. OKCMA serves the whole state.

Impact

Over the years our focus has remained the same; helping Oklahomans recover from substance abuse by providing quality residential programs and recovery options as an alternative to incarceration. This past year OKC Metro Alliance, Inc. implemented an outcome measurement system based on the logic model to assist us in makingsure we are delivering the best services possible to the clients we serve. We have increased our case management services for clients with various grants and have added a housing program for graduates.    Another proud accomplishment is our partnership with United Way to assist with Oklahoma County’s ReMerge program. ReMerge is a jail alternative program designed to help women remain clean and sober, obtain gainful employment and reunite with their children. The ReMerge women do all this while satisfying the needs of the District Attorney’s office thereby avoiding a costly court and jail system. Among our current year goals are:

-Continue to develop Community Awareness by promoting recovery.

- Increase funding for capital projects and building maintenance

- Expand our housing and case management services

It is our goal to continue to develop programs that will help Oklahomans recover from substance abuse issues and return to their community as productive citizens.

Needs


1. Volunteers for the Residential Recovery Clients at our Firstep programs. Volunteers would be helpful in the following areas:

· Life skills training for clients on topics like balancing a checkbook and managing a pay check, prepping for job interviews, light clerical work for the business offices

· Volunteers knowledgeable about 12 Step Models and able to host evening 12 Step groups at the facilities.


2. Volunteers for the OKCMA corporate office to assist with various clerical duties.

3. Volunteer handyman services or donated paint and materials to assist with the upkeep of program buildings.

CEO/Executive Director Statement
This past year,Oklahoma became number one in the nation for abuse of prescription drugs. This startling statistic is something we all need to seriously think about as it adversely affects so many families, communities, and even the economy. Oklahoma also continues to rank number one for incarceration of women nonviolent substance abuse related offenses. Incarceration is costly to taxpayers, particularly since the average woman incarcerated for substance abuse has children who are often cared for through state assistance programs. Our Firstep programs for men and women are designed to help Oklahomans change their lives and see to it that we lose that “number one” title! 
Firstep is a longterm program based on the 12 Step Model of recovery with a work training component for each participating client. We believe that if people can overcome their addictions and successfully train for future employment within our community, they can become productive citizens once again. Experienced Case Managers at Firstep work diligently by placing our clients in the appropriate work training sites,making referrals for all of their health and dental needs, and finding housing within Oklahoma City through our Graduate Housing Program upon completion of the residential program.
Last year, satisfaction surveys were sent to recent graduates of Firstep with a 54% return rate. The survey responses by our graduates indicate that 89% are gainfully employed, 89% continue to attend community AA meetings and 93.6 % have not relapsed. We are very proud of these statistics. Below are some of the survey participant’s comments about the Firstep program:
- "The graduate housing program is necessary to get your children back. Reunification is difficult but easier with housing and employment."
- "Firstep saved my life. I will be thankful for it forever. I needed long term away from drugs to realize I could live life without them. Firstep was the hardest thing I have ever done. When I even think about using again I think of all the lonely times at Firstep away from my daughter and I always stay clean. Thank you for helping me get my life back." 
- "Firstep was very influential in getting me to realize how important a routine is."
- "Without Firstep I would not have gotten in touch with God and AA. I owe my life and sobriety to God, AA and Firstep. Firstep set me up with the job I have not. Thank you Firstep." 
All of these comments are so very important to our dedicated staff that comes to work each and every day to help those who are suffering from addictions. 
Board Chair Statement
OKC Metro Alliance, Inc. (OKCMA) is a great organization with a mission that each board member passionately believes in.  Just as most nonprofits face challenges, so it is for our organization. OKCMA and its Firstep recovery residential programs are tasked with the responsibility of helping people overcome the stigma of addiction and of communicating the message that it’s acceptable and preferable to seek help.  The board of directors has addressed some of these challenges by developing a three year strategic plan that calls for a community awareness campaign.  The board has full confidence in its executive staff and relies on the team’s professionalism and experience to manage daily operations. Our board is proud of the agency and the clients that reclaim their lives by becoming clean and sober.
I became involved with this organization because someone I knew and loved faced the illness of alcoholism.  Seeing what this disease can do to families and the people they love made me decide to volunteer my time
and try to help others break the cycle of addiction. I believe that people
battling substance abuse need to know that we care and want to see them
succeed.
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Central Oklahoma
Oklahoma - Statewide
Oklahoma
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Housing, Shelter/Low-Income & Subsidized Rental Housing
Tertiary Organizational Category Crime & Legal - Related/Prison Alternatives
Programs
Description

 

We work with the Oklahoma City Police Department to bring this progressive program to the community.

The Public Inebriate Alternative program (PIA) is a jail alternative for adults who have been arrested for public intoxication but who are not committing any other crime. At the discretion of the arresting officer, persons can be brought to PIA for a ten hour detention period, where they are fed and can "sleep it off" in a safe, clean place. Because many clients were being brought to PIA on a regular basis, the Firstep Recovery Programs were developed as a next step to address alcohol and chemical dependency issues on a long-term basis.

Strategy
Population Served Adults
Description

 

The Firstep Recovery Programs for Men (founded in 1987) and Women (founded in 1989) provide an opportunity for those with alcohol and chemical dependencies to become clean and sober and thus reclaim the productive lives they once had. Firstep is a long-term, residential, work-recovery program. The program is unique in that we do not charge our clients, rather, the clients work at jobs we procure for them, and the income generated by that work sustains the program.

Our clients work six days a week, and devote evenings to the 12-Step programs of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. For many of our clients, Firstep is an opportunity of last resort. Many have tried treatment programs that did not work. Many have battled addicitions for so long, they have forgotten how to live a responsible life. We offer a way up and out.
 
Living in a structured therapeutic community, our clients relearn life skills, such as getting up every morning and going to work, being where you say you will be when you say you will be there and being responsible on the job. In addition to creating valuable work habits, clients receive individual counseling, group therapy, relapse prevention, and parenting classes through Tri-City Youth and Family Services. Also, the Meinders Foundation provides weekly math and literacy tutoring, taught by a certified teacher.

 Referrals to the Firstep programs are received from a variety of resources such as graduates of the program, attorneys, drug and alcohol counselors, ministers, social workers, private physicians, twelve step recovery groups, court systems and jail alternative programs such as Drug Court which is in Fifty-nine (59) counties in Oklahoma. We serve all areas of the state of Oklahoma.

Strategy
Population Served Males Adults
Description

 

The Firstep Recovery Programs for Men (founded in 1987) and Women (founded in 1989) provide an opportunity for those with alcohol and chemical dependencies to become clean and sober and thus reclaim the productive lives they once had. Firstep is a long-term, residential, work-recovery program. The program is unique in that we do not charge our clients, rather, the clients work at jobs we procure for them, and the income generated by that work sustains the program.

Our clients work six days a week, and devote evenings to the 12-Step programs of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. For many of our clients, Firstep is an opportunity of last resort. Many have tried treatment programs that did not work. Many have battled addicitions for so long, they have forgotten how to live a responsible life. We offer a way up and out.
 
Living in a structured therapeutic community, our clients relearn life skills, such as getting up every morning and going to work, being where you say you will be when you say you will be there and being responsible on the job. In addition to creating valuable work habits, clients receive individual counseling, group therapy, relapse prevention, and parenting classes through Tri-City Youth and Family Services. Also, the Meinders Foundation provides weekly math and literacy tutoring, taught by a certified teacher.

 Referrals to the Firstep programs are received from a variety of resources such as graduates of the program, attorneys, drug and alcohol counselors, ministers, social workers, private physicians, twelve step recovery groups, court systems and jail alternative programs such as Drug Court which is in Fifty-nine (59) counties in Oklahoma. We serve all areas of the state of Oklahoma.

Strategy
Population Served Females Adults
Comments on Programs
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Our programs are growing rapidly as the need for more residential
program bed space steadily rises.  Grant writing and fundraising activities are becoming very important to us as we strive to expand and to meet Oklahoma’s needs for substance abuse services. At Firstep, we get calls daily from potential clients and their loved ones requesting admission to the program. Unfortunately, we do not have the bed space to accept each and every person that calls. Many are put on a waiting list or referred to
other centers in the community. We understand that this phenomenon is not unique to our program but is a growing trend across the state.  Sending your gifts to a charity of your choice, donating your time, and spreading the good news about recovery are ways you can help Oklahomans solve the substance abuse problem.

CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Connie Schlittler
Start Date July 2016
Email c.schlittler@okcmetroalliance.com
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Mike CodyMen's Firstep Director
Jennifer FrancisDirector of Clinical Programs
Suzanne GrahamChief Compliance Officer
Susan Martin Corporate Business Manager
Shilmila WhitePIA Director
Staff
Number of Full-time Staff 18
Number of Part-time Staff 7
Number of Contract Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 3
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? Yes
Management reports to board? Yes
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Number of Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Feb 2015
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes
Awards
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
ONE Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence Award, Devon Energy Corporation AwardOklahoma Center for Non Profits2010
Board Chair
Name Gary Wood
Company Affiliation Rigg Abney
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2017
Board of Directors
List Current as of Jan 01, 2017
Board of Directors List
NameAffiliationStatus
Chad Alexander Alexander CompaniesVoting
Cheryl Borelli BancFirstVoting
Scott Brown Private Oil CompanyVoting
Linda Cravens Voting
Jimmy Durant Durant & AssociatesNonVoting
Charles Freede AttorneyVoting
William Kerr Oceanis Advisory GroupVoting
Deputy Chief Ken McDonald Oklahoma City Police DepartmentVoting
Ryan O'Toole Oklahoma City Thunder BasketballVoting
Diane Strube Voting
Connie Tipton Community VolunteerVoting
Roy Vinyard Vinyard ProduceVoting
Blake Wade Exec. Dir. American Indian Cultural Center and MuseumVoting
Gary Wood Riggs, Abney, Neal, Turpen, Orbison and LewisVoting
Barbara Young NonVoting
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3 years
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions to the Organization 100 %
Percentage of Board Making In-Kind Contributions to the Organization 90 %
Board Orientation Yes
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Standing Committees
Nominating
Audit
Executive
Building
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year July 01, 2015-June 30, 2016
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $1,831,063
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $1,827,500
Financial Documents
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Revenue$1,697,281$1,967,119$1,981,660
Total Expenses$1,678,285$1,603,736$1,543,571
Revenue Less Expenses$18,996$363,383$438,089
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
------
Government Contributions$287,144$398,036$578,998
Federal------
State------
Local$287,144$398,036$578,998
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions$351,985$550,500$404,383
------
$937,997$941,273$951,119
Investment Income, Net of Losses$404$831$900
Unrealized Gain/Loss$2,682$1,442($947)
Membership Dues------
Special Events$29,637$35,444$27,182
Revenue In-Kind------
Other--$39,593$20,025
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$1,450,735$1,378,250$1,313,776
Administration Expense$213,091$212,532$213,298
Fundraising Expense$14,459$12,954$16,497
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.011.231.28
Program Expense/Total Expenses86%86%85%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue2%1%2%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$1,989,432$1,974,540$1,441,996
Current Assets$48,356$103,155$39,696
Long-Term Liabilities$134,500$108,337--
Current Liabilities$57,210$87,477$26,653
Total Net Assets$1,797,722$1,778,726$1,415,343
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.851.181.49
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets7%5%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $937,997Earned Revenue $941,273Earned Revenue $951,119
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividuals $351,985Individuals $550,500Govt - Local $439,229
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovt - Local $287,144Govt - Local $398,036Individuals $404,383
Endowment? Yes
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage (if selected) 5 %
Credit Line? Yes
Reserve Fund? Yes
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Anticipated In 3 Years
Campaign Purpose Remodeling of buildings on Firstep Campus
Campaign Goal $20,000
Campaign Dates May 2018 to May 2019
Amount Raised To Date $25,000 as of Aug 2015
Comments on Financials
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from IRS Form 990s. 
 
Address 1940 Linwood Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
Primary Phone 405 568-4469
Give with Credit Card http://www.okcmetroalliance.com
Give to Endowment http://occf.org/ocma/
CEO/Executive Director Connie Schlittler
Board Chair Gary Wood
Board Chair Company Affiliation Rigg Abney