Easy Does It, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of individuals recovering from the effects of substance use disorder.
The core values we share at EDI guide our interactions with one another and our constituents:
- Commitment: We are dedicated to our mission and those we serve and are accountable to our supporters.
- Compassion: We are empathetic to the devastating effects of substance use disorder on individuals, families and communities and desire to help alleviate these effects.
- Integrity: We adhere to, and conduct ourselves, in accordance with an upstanding code of professional ethics and spiritual principles.
- Love: We act with unselfish loyalty and benevolent concern for the safety, security, well-being, and growth of others.
- Service: We contribute to the welfare of others in a genuine spirit of support, cooperation, and fellowship without expectation of return.
- Excellence: We perform our duties with the utmost competency, professionalism, and dedication to quality.
Our Programs and Services
Substance use disorders are chronic conditions, which affect the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual domains of life. Like other chronic conditions, substance use disorders can be arrested through proper prevention, treatment, and sustained recovery efforts. Traditional treatment attempts to treat a chronic condition using an acute model of care. At EDI we recognize the need to maintain appropriate supportive services over a period of time to address the chronic nature of substance use disorders. Recovery is a reality. At EDI we provide the support, structure, and accountability necessary for recovery to happen.
EDI’s core services include:
Supportive Housing Program
EDI’s supportive housing program is designed to assist individuals in recovery from substance use disorder. EDI provides safe, stable housing combined with recovery support services to enable individuals to build a foundation and maintain recovery, develop critical life skills, and work on achieving individualized goals to enhance their wellbeing. EDI is committed to providing a living environment characterized by mutual respect, daily structure, and personal accountability. EDI currently has 10 beds available on a self-pay basis.
EDI also has a permanent supportive housing (PSH) program focused on serving individuals with the disability of substance use disorder, and who have experienced chronic homelessness. Chronic homelessness is defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as an individual being homeless for longer than one year, or experiencing four or more episodes of homelessness totaling at least 12 months over the past three years. PSH residents stay at EDI for an average of approximately 12 months. During their stay, residents receive recovery supportive services, educational groups, and life skills to enable them to become self- sufficient and regain independent living. EDI currently has 40 beds in our PSH program.
Recovery Support Services
Every client at EDI works one-on-one with a certified recovery support specialist (RSS). Beginning with an assessment of needs, each client works with their RSS to formulate an individualized recovery plan. Recovery plans address multiple domains including housing, education, employment, basic needs, substance abuse treatment, recovery, legal, mental health, physical health, family/social, and life skills. Goals and action steps are identified for every area of need, with the overarching goal of helping clients to develop higher levels of wellness and independent functioning. Clients are empowered to make changes in their lives, connected to crucial services, and supported through the process of change.
Life Skills Groups
EDI programming focuses on the development of critical life skills to help individuals to achieve sustainable recovery and personal growth. Our life skills groups include daily meditation, Recovery 101, and other psycho education groups focusing on topics such as interpersonal skills, job readiness, resume writing, health and wellness, anger management, boundaries, relapse prevention, spirituality, and mindfulness.
Recovery Oriented Events for the Community
EDI hosts a number of drug and alcohol-free events for our residents, their families, and the local recovery community. Events such as these provide a safe environment for families to reconnect and rebuild relationships. Our major events include our New Year’s Eve Gala, Halloween Party, Summer Picnic, Soberstock, Berks County Recovery Walk, Super Bowl party, March Madness watch party, and our annual golf tournament, EDI Open. We also host a men’s spiritual breakfast monthly. Lastly, we rent our event hall for individuals and organizations to host their own drug and alcohol-free events.
Recovery Awareness and Advocacy
EDI is committed to raising awareness about the reality of recovery. Events such as the Soberstock and the recovery walk have a strong focus on raising awareness. Members of the EDI team are also involved in education, advocacy and awareness raising through their participation on committees and task forces, such as the Berks Coalition to End Homelessness and SoS, the Berks County Opioid Coalition. We also have a regular spot on BCTV where we host discussions about topics related to recovery.
Training and Educational Programming for the Community
EDI hosts trainings and educational programs for the public, including our Family Education and Support Groups. We contract with Berks County to facilitate StopLift, a shoplifting intervention program for adults and juveniles.