Cave Creek Nonprofit Donates Over 125 Purses and Backpacks to Native American Recovery Program

Phoenix, Ariz. (June  21, 2021) For Immediate Release – On June 21, 2021 Purse-Impressions, a Cave Creek nonprofit , donated 125 purses, backpacks, personal hygiene items, full sized hygiene items, feminine products , tote  and makeup bags to Native American Connections. The items will be gifted to recovering men and women as they graduate from their two treatment centers.

Native American Connections operates the Patina Wellness Center for women, the Patina Mountain Preserve Wellness Center for men as well as their dependent children ages birth to five years.

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. In a two year period, Purse-Impressions has donated 2,200 purses & backpacks to programs in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Virginia 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.”

Native American Connections’ clinical services are holistic, strength-based and culturally responsive. Native American traditional healing anchors evidence-based practices, creating a pathway to hope, wellness and an improved quality of life

“The road to sobriety isn’t easy and it takes a village to show individuals that they matter and that their struggles along their journey can result in success. Partnerships, like the one we have with Purse-Impressions accomplishes these goals through the personalized gifts they provide,”said Diana Yazzie Devine, President and CEO, Native American Connections.

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

In memory of the passing of Courtney Elizabeth Michaels (28 years old) and her struggles with alcohol abuse, Purse-Impressions is a non-profit corporation started by her mother Patricia Brusha. Purse-Impression’s 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

About Native American Connections Mission:

Improving the lives of individuals and families through Native American culturally appropriate behavioral health, affordable housing, and community development opportunities for Native Americans and special needs populations.

Every day, someone, somewhere is struggling with an addiction.  These men, women and children are someone’s father, mother, sister, brother, son or daughter – these individuals could be any one of us; they could be someone you know or a perfect stranger.  A common goal among those that are struggling is to find a safe place to heal, to live, to reconnect with family and friends or even start anew.

At Native American Connections, we accept all individuals where they are in their lives and show them the path to self-sufficiency and peace within, utilizing Native American healing practices which include the Talking Circle, Sweat Lodge, Smudging as well as other proven practices to attain sobriety.



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