ST. GEORGE — Steps Recovery opened its St. George facility Monday amid ongoing protests from neighbors.
The center is opening about two months behind schedule, and while there are still some finishing touches that need to be made, the staff is moving in clients. It was originally planned as a 24-bed facility, but Steps Recovery scaled back to eight.
The center sits in the middle of a residential neighborhood, owners say that’s the environment they wanted when choosing a location.
“To get the best therapeutic value you really have to have a sense of community,” said program director Josh Campbell. “It works best in a residence so that these people can open up in groups that they have a sense of home, a feeling of home.”
But neighbors say they feel owners went behind their backs and the center belongs elsewhere.