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Contact: Michelle Lomas, Gordon C. James Public Relations, 602-274-1988, mlomas@gcjpr.com

Cave Creek Nonprofit Donates Over 400 Purses and Backpacks to Recovering Addicts Graduating from Recovery Program

Purse-Impressions and Crossroads partner up to give individuals a sense of dignity

Phoenix, Ariz. (June 9, 2020) — On Friday, June 5th, Purse-Impressions, a Cave Creek nonprofit, dropped off over 400 backpacks, purses and bags, wallets, and personal hygiene items at Crossroads, a substance abuse treatment center. The items will be gifted to recovering men and women as they graduate from the Crossroads program at their seven locations across the Valley.


“Many addicts come into substance abuse treatment programs with little or no belongings so receiving a gift like this as they set out to face the world is incredibly meaningful and empowering,” said Donna Alexander, Community Outreach Director at Crossroads. “We received brand name items like Kate Spade, Prada and Coach, and new backpacks still in their original packaging. This is something so many of our residents have never been handed before and we are so grateful to the Purse-Impressions team for making it possible.”

Purse-Impressions is on a mission to provide graduates from substance abuse recovery programs with a purse or backpack to not only celebrate their accomplishment but allow them to move forward with a sense of dignity. By the end of 2019 Purse-Impressions donated 800 purses & backpacks to programs in Arizona, Colorado, Florida and Canada.

“I founded Purse-Impressions to transform the tragedy and heartbreak of losing my daughter Courtney to addiction into inspiration and compassion for others who are overcoming addiction in their own lives,” said Patricia Brusha. “Before Courtney left us, she told me she didn’t like that women who graduated from rehab often left with their personal items in a plastic bag. She wanted those women to hold their heads high, to be proud of their amazing accomplishment and to leave with something that showed their value. This organization was her dream and I am carrying it forward and expanding its reach to also serve men.”  

Crossroads is an Arizona Department of Health Services licensed residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment program with seven campuses and over 400 residents across Maricopa County. The organization has 60 years of proven expertise in serving addicted men and women. Those interested in more information about Crossroads can visit www.thecrossroadsinc.org.

To support Purse-Impressions, the community can donate purses, backpacks, personal care items or make a monetary contribution. For more information, visit www.purse-impressions.com/donate.

About Purse-Impressions

In memory of the passing of Courtney Elizabeth Michaels (28 years old) and her struggles with alcohol abuse, Purse-Impressions is a nonprofit corporation started by her mother Patricia Brusha. Purse-Impressions mission is “To gift graduates from rehab with a purse that celebrates their accomplishments, allowing them to move forward with dignity, strength and the knowledge that someone cares.” To learn more, visit www.purse-impressions.com.

About Crossroads

Crossroads is an Arizona Department of Health Services licensed residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment program with over 50 years of proven expertise in serving addicted men, women and veterans through the provision of high quality, successful and affordable substance abuse treatment programs. Crossroads is the largest residential treatment facility in the Southwestern region of the United States. To learn more about this organization, visit www.thecrossroadsinc.org. 

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Live Entertainment and Giant Silent Auction to Highlight

Purse-Impressions Fundraising Event

Cave Creek AZ, January 27, 2020 

 For Immediate Release

Purse-Impressions 1st annual fundraising event ‘Bags & Brunch’ will feature live music by Acoustic Karma and a giant silent auction to support graduates from rehab start their new life by making a great first impression! The event takes place on Sunday February 23rd at Venues Café in Carefree, AZ from 11:30-3:30 pm

More information is available at http://www.purse-impressions.com

Purse-Impressions mission is simple yet powerful: “To gift graduates from rehab with a purse, or backpack, that celebrates their accomplishments, allowing them to move forward with dignity, strength and the knowledge that someone cares”

In just 5 months, Purse-Impressions has donated 800 purses (and backpacks for men) to 7 addiction centers in AZ, CO, FL and Canada Their first annual fundraiser will be held February 23, 2020 at Venues Café in Carefree AZ.

How it started: Suddenly and tragically in June 2019 the founder Patricia Brusha’s 28-year-old daughter died from Cirrhosis of the liver. Courtney had struggled with addiction and due to years of alcohol abuse and heartbreaking to her mother, lost her battle.

 Courtney had been in and out of rehab and remarked that each time upon her release, she was given a plastic bag to put her personal items in. Courtney believed after spending the time to work on beating addiction, they deserved something better than a plastic bag.

Courtney thought she had beat her addiction and before she passed told her mom an idea she had to give back to the Centers by gifting each graduate  with a handbag, backpack or tote to help leave with dignity and respect.

That is how Purse-Impressions came to be.

Tickets are on sale on the website www.purse-impressions.com and only 50 tickets are available for the event. Attendees will enjoy the live music of Acoustic Karma while they browse a silent auction which includes spa, Italian, games, Zen, golf and fitness baskets to name a few. Original artwork, hotel room nights, designer purses and jewelry will also be available for auction.

Courtney’s passing was heartbreaking for Patricia to say the least, and as difficult as it was, she was able to turn grief into something that would honor her dear daughter while helping other women and men.

‘I have found that since I started the charity that everyone knows someone fighting addiction of some sort,” Stated Patricia, “ Substance abuse is something people have been afraid to talk about and Purse-Impressions has provided a safe space for people to share their stories with me”

For more information on the event contact:

Patricia Brusha

patricia@purse-impressions.com

602-814-6679

About Purse-Impressions

In memory of the passing of Courtney Elizabeth Michaels (28 years old)  and her struggles with alcohol abuse, Purse-Impressions is  a Nonprofit Corporation started by her mother Patricia. Purse-Impressions mission is “T​o gift graduates from rehab with a purse that celebrates their accomplishments, allowing them to move forward with dignity, strength and the knowledge that someone cares.”


The Impact of Rebuilding lives 

A group of family, friends, and loved ones gathered on Saturday, July 13th to celebrate the life of Courtney M., a Munro alumni who passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on June 4, 2019, due to cirrhosis of the liver and kidney failure.

Courtney spent time rehab centres in Toronto and Phoenix, Arizona. Courtney always wanted to give back; she felt strongly about people being able to leave a treatment facility with dignity and feeling strong and ready for the next chapter of their lives.

It is not uncommon for those entering or leaving a Renascent treatment centre to arrive with their belongings in a plastic bag, or spilling out of their arms, because our clients are often coming to us from an unstable or temporary living situation. It was Courtney’s wish to provide graduates of Munro and other treatment facilities with a purse that they could call their own.

In Courtney’s memory, her mother Patricia B. and friend Celina have partnered to lead an initiative called “Purse-Impressions”. The aim is to collect purses and essential items for Renascent to give to women who are graduating and heading back out into the world having completed their inpatient treatment stay. They collected nearly 500 purses filled with items of self-care.

“The goal is to let them know they are not alone, they have value, they are people,” says Patricia.

Third-party events are organized by an individual, affiliated group, or organization for the purpose of raising funds on behalf of Renascent. Hosting your own event can be a fun and exciting way to raise money for a cause near and dear to your heart. Your network of friends and family may have never heard of Renascent before!

Some upcoming events that you may want to be a part of include the Renascent Laughs comedy night and the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. You can fundraise online to help us raise money to provide addiction recovery services for those who need them most. Visit us at renascent.ca/events or call Ryan Kerr at 416-847-6452 to learn more about upcoming events or to host your own event on behalf of Renascent.