The Ascent Program


  • Therapeutic Community Residential Model
  • ASCENT Community Groups
  • IRP Community
  • Spiritual Life
  • Recovery Education
  • “Getting it Right” ® Mentoring
  • AA/NA Participation
  • Ongoing Clinical Treatment (Individual and Group)
  • Weekly Church Attendance (Client Choice)
  • Suitable Employment/Volunteer Work
  • Estimated 4-6 Months Duration


  • Therapeutic Community
  • Advanced ASCENT Community Groups
  • ERP Community
  • Spiritual Life
  • Recovery Education
  • Family Dynamics
  • Communication Skills
  • Employment Coaching
  • AA/NA Participation
  • Weekly Church Attendance (Client Choice)
  • Estimated 3-9 Months Duration (Total 1+ Year Duration for IRP and ERP completion)


ASCENT Recovery Residences works closely with other agencies and law enforcements to ensure long-term success for individuals in recovery. We believe in a continuum of support that assists the individual where they are today and how that assistance will feed in to future support and success. Success depends on a community of support. With our Residential Programs, individuals in recovery can find that home base for appropriate referrals and resources.

Goals for each client
·   Achieve Higher Self-Determination
·   Accept Responsibility for Actions
·   Develop Personal Resources to Increase Long Term Success
·   Obtain and Remain in Stable Permanent Housing
·   Enhance Family Involvement and Parenting Skills
·   Become Positive and Productive Members of the Community



We at ASCENT believe that recovery from addiction is much more than just abstinence from drugs and alcohol. We believe that the client who successfully completes our Intensive Residential Program (IRP) and Extended Residential Program (ERP) will have developed the skills necessary to utilize the three core values to live happy and productive lives…


The 12 step programs provide the foundation of a life free from substance. The process of self-examination, confession, restitution, responsibility, and service provide the basis for living that lasts for a lifetime.


Addiction results in isolation and separation from God. We believe each individual must find a way to build or rebuild a personal relationship with God, and provide structured exposure to spiritual principles and individuals who live their lives by these principles.


Our Therapeutic Community Residential Model provides each client the opportunity to experience living in a functional family unit that accepts, encourages, supports, and challenges.

Board of Directors

The ASCENT Board is a well conceived cross section of business, faith, recovery, and treatment communities in Joplin. Each member brings a unique perspective to the mix. All of the members are extremely successful in their chosen fields as well as experienced in a variety of community development and public charity projects over the years. We have three business owners, a senior pastor, the CEO of the local mental health/substance abuse treatment provider, an attorney, and sales representative. ASCENT is also proud to be partnered with St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.


The Recovery Support Outstanding Performer Award is being presented to ASCENT Recovery Residences in Joplin, MO. Since joining Missouri’s Access to Recovery (ATR) grant program in 2008 as a faith-based recovery support provider ASCENT has operated with the utmost integrity. Their successful consumer outcome demonstrates their commitment to helping individuals with substance use disorders achieve and maintain recovery. The percentage of consumers abstinent after six months of engagement in services with ASCENT stands at 85% compared to a 50% abstinence rate at intake. Ninety-seven percent of their consumers are socially connected at their six month follow up check, and ASCENT has an incredible 275% increase in consumer employment outcomes six months following engagement services.

Ascent Staff

Teddy Steen

Teddy Steen

Executive Director

Teddy holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Work and a Teaching Certificate I Secondary Education. She holds certifications through the Missouri Substance Abuse Credentialing Board as a SATOP Instructor, Missouri Associate Drug Counselor II, a Certified Peer Support Specialist, a certified Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) instructor, and a Medication Assisted Recovery Specialist. She has 35 years of sustained recovery. She also works for the Jasper County Treatment Courts. She founded ASCENT Recovery in 2008.

Carl Perkins

Carl Perkins

Program Director

Carl Perkins (MSW, LMSW, CPS) has been serving as a volunteer for ASCENT since its inception in 2007 and paid staff since 2012, becoming program director in 2018. Since 2000, Carl has maintained continuous sobriety, become President of his family owned construction company, completed a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with an emphasis in writing from Missouri State University and a Master of Social Work from Missouri State University and raised his four children. Carl is committed to his recovery, the local recovery community, and his church fellowship. As Ascent Recovery’s Program Director, Carl will continue to provide a unique contribution as he, himself, is an ex-offender, who has successfully negotiated the challenges that face those attempting to reenter society.

Ed Posey

Ed Posey

Certified Peer Specialist

Ed is a native Texan and comes to us after retiring from Shaw Industries where he worked in trucking, warehousing, and logistics for 22 years.

A person of long-term recovery (29 years), Ed spent much of his spare time trying to help others. He now continues the work as a Certified Peer Specialist with the ROCC and serves as House Manager for Ascent Recovery. His passions in life are music and helping others recreate theirs.

Board Members

Paula Donaldson


Paula Donaldson moved to Joplin from Dallas, TX where she found her long-term recovery and the fellowship of Drug Addicts Anonymous. Following her husband to Joplin, the pair founded a DAA group and have grown its membership. She facilitates weekly 12-step meetings at Lafayette House and is passionate about the local recovery community. Paula is a board member of ASCENT Recovery Residences and a Certified Peer Specialist working with clients from the Jasper County treatment courts. She has served on the ROCC Board since its inception.

Stacey Peek


Kim Landers

Board Member

Kim Landers, Redwood Development: Kim has a marketing/sales degree from Southwest Missouri University. She is a member of Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church and is very active in her children’s activities. She has been involved with Redwood Development which is the business her Father started.

Teresa Brown

Board Member

Teresa Brown, Ronald McDonald House: Teresa holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Southwest Missouri State. She worked as the Community Relations Representative for the family McDonalds franchise for many years. In 1998 her family opened the local Ronald McDonald House and Teresa has served on it’s Board Of Directors since its inception. Teresa is also an active member of ASCENT fundraising event committee.

Greg Favergue

Board Member

Greg Fauvergue owns and operates a cattle & grain company, Central Prime LLC and a home site development company Porch Light Development LLC. Greg & wife Stephanie have 3 children and 2 grandchildren. Greg’s enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, gardening, fishing and many outdoor activities.

Mark Quinn

Board Member

Mark Quinn is Segment Vice President of Marketing at Leggett & Platt, Inc., a multi-billion dollar components manufacturer located in southwest Missouri. His division of the company accounts for over $1.3 billion in sales. Quinn has an extensive background in marketing, having spent more than 18 years working with Sealy and Serta mattress companies in the U.S., Brazil, Puerto Rico and Mexico.

In addition to traditional marketing experiences, Quinn has also written, performed, directed and produced television commercials, infomercials, web series and live broadcast shopping channel shows, setting sales records along the way. He’s been featured in The Washington Post,,,, and, and his thoughts on the bedding industry can be read weekly on Quinn also serves as Chairman of the Board for the Better Sleep Council.

Bryan Simpson

Board Member

Bryan is a Vice President and owner of BBC Electric in Joplin. He has worked at BBC since his family purchased the company in 2005. BBC is an electric utility contractor, building and maintaining power lines. Prior to that Bryan worked as a pharmacist for May’s Drug in Joplin. Bryan has lived in Joplin since 2000 and been involved in the recovery community since 2005.

Sam Newton

Board Member

Sam Newton is from Joplin, MO. He is a 2018 ASCENT Graduate and continues to remain active in ASCENT as a sponsor and mentor for ASCENT participants. He is employed as a Master Technician at Leggett and Platt.

Scott Vorhees

Board Member

Scott Vorhees is a partner at the Johnson, Vorhees & Martucci law firm, with over 20 years of experience as an attorney. Scott grew up in Joplin, MO, and is very active with the community.

He serves on the Boards of The United Way, The Alliance of SWMO, the Joplin Regional Community Foundation, and Building Bridges. He is committed to bettering himself and his community. He is very supportive of the recovery community and the Joplin community as a whole.

Heidi Williams

Board Member

David O’Neill

Board Member

David O’Neill has proudly served on the Ascent/ROCC board since July 2021. Clean and sober and in recovery since 2015, he strongly believes that the 12 Steps, helping fellow addicts and serving the community are the cornerstones of a serene and productive life. David moved to Joplin from St. Louis in 2012 and works in advertising for the Joplin Globe.

PO Box 4368
Joplin, MO 64803



ASCENT Recovery Residences is committed to providing recovery support services to a client base that typically has little to no resources. By increasing the self-sufficiency of individuals who historically have been a heavy drain on federal, state, and family services; we believe we can make a difference by addressing the root causes of the problem. However, we cannot do so without financial support.

ASCENT Recovery Residences is recognized as a Tax Exempt 501 (c)3 public charity and as such all contributions are fully tax deductible.