What’s new at The Empowerment Center and Marvel Way?

Explore our blog for the latest organizational updates, success stories, partner profiles, and more!

Have you met Heather Morton? – a Marvel Way resident on recovery, learning to weld, and being a mom

Heather Morton is studying welding at Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) while living at Marvel Way with her daughters, ages 2 and 4. Every morning, she drops them off at daycare on the way to her welding work and classes, which she looks forward to every day. In the evenings, she’s grateful to come home […]

Meet Sarah Verdugo – Empowerment Center Graduate and Marvel Way Resident

Sarah Verdugo was in treatment at The Empowerment Center in 2020. She currently lives in a 1-bedroom apartment at Marvel Way. She’s exploring going back to school, manages the Marvel Way community garden, and is enjoying getting to know her new sober community. Before Sarah’s recovery, she was in multiple domestic violence situations and, she […]

Alternative Sentencing & The Empowerment Center with Sergeant Andrew Sherbondy

The Empowerment Center is a proud partner of the Washoe County Department of Alternative Sentencing’s STAR Program, which prioritizes Support, Treatment, Accountability, and Recovery for individuals with Opioid Use Disorder. This pilot program focuses on addressing the root causes of addiction, moving away from the traditional probation model. We spoke with Sergeant Andrew Sherbondy, who […]

Meet Marvel Way Resident – Noell Whaley

“Marvel Way is a place that allows me to prioritize my goals: recovery, raising healthy kids, and getting through school. I feel so supported, because I can afford this.” Noell Whaley’s substance of choice was alcohol and she’s been sober for 5 years. She lives in a 2-bedroom apartment at Marvel Way with her kids, […]

Introducing: Sober Living at Marvel Way

Did you know? Sober living is most likely to be sustained in a safe, supportive, and clean environment. Our Marvel Way Apartments do just that! Last fall, Marvel Way (managed by The Empowerment Center) opened its doors as the first-of-its-kind in Nevada. We’re offering 42 affordable sober living apartments to start, and are excited to […]

Meet Richard Brown – Marvel Way’s Program Director of Housing Services

In supporting our residents at Marvel Way, Richard understands the importance of striking the right balance. After all, Marvel Way isn’t a treatment program – it’s a long-term apartment community with services available on site. At minimum, Richard is responsible for monthly drug testing and managing issues as they arise. However, given his background running […]

What’s New at The Empowerment Center?

The Empowerment Center is dedicated to helping women who suffer from substance use disorders restore their dignity and quality of life. Since you’ve last heard from us, a lot has changed! We’ve been expanding client services, updating our programming, providing medication-assisted treatment onsite, and remodeling our rooms to better support everyone who walks through our […]