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

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

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

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


Additional Posts