Holiday Toy Drive

We need your help to ensure a successful toy distribution event this year! When families struggle to pay basic expenses such as rent and utility bills, the little things that bring joy to children are often the first to get cut out of the budget. With your help we can bring happiness to over 500 kids this season!

For Amazon and Target you can buy your holiday toy donation online and have it sent directly to STEP!
Click on STEP’s Amazon Wish List or STEP’s Target Wish List to be directed to STEP’s page.

Infants/ToddlersColorful toys that stimulate the brain; bouncy seats, trucks, multi-cultural dolls, and building blocks.

Ages 4—7: Toys that encourage creative play; dress-up clothes, Legos, Num Noms, Trolls, Finding Dori, multi-cultural Barbie Holiday dolls.

Ages 8—10Little Live Pets, Legos (Star Wars, Lego Friends, Ghost Busters), Pokemon cards and games, Shrinky Dinks Book (Klutz), Selfie Mic Music Set, Bop it! Game

Ages 11—18Children in this age group will be given Target gift cards.  Values of $10, $20, and $30 are needed.

Please donate your new toy or gift card no later than December 14.  To help us better sort toys, attach the retail value of each item you donate.  Purchases in the $20 to $40 range are ideal.  

Please note:  For more ideas, go to our website.  STEP does NOT need stocking stuffers, decorations, make-up, violent toys, balls, or used toys.

Drop your toy donation off at STEP. To help us sort toys, attach the retail value of each item you donate. Purchases in the $15 to $40 range are ideal.

STEP will be accepting toys up to the first week of December.

For additional information please call Mari-Claire at 952-925-4899, x.1800, or

Thank you for your generosity!

Please drop off donations during our regular open hours at the back of the building. Pull up in the alley and ring the doorbell. A volunteer will answer, take your donations, and provide you with a receipt. Donations left outside the building when STEP is closed will be considered dumping and be referred to law enforcement. Food, clothing, and other donations are vital to STEP’s mission.

Donation Hours

Holiday Train stops in St. Louis Park December 11

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train is Coming!  


The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train returns to St. Louis Park Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. This stop is presented by The Webb Group-ReMax Results.

The festivities will start by 4:30 p.m., including music and warm food and beverages, from SLP American Legion Post 282SLP NestMuddy Paws CheesecakeAcacia Order of the Eastern StarNorth Star Donuts, and Sandy’s Grill.

The Holiday Train’s estimated arrival is 6:00 p.m. The concert from the train will only be view able from the west side of the tracks. Once the train pulls in, it will not be possible to cross to the other side. This year’s concert will be performed by Willy Porter and The Trews.


Due to the anticipated large crowd, attendees are encouraged to allow time to park and walk to site well in advance. Click here to view Holiday Train Parking Map

The event is FREE, but attendees are asked to bring a food or financial donation for STEP.

The mission of the Holiday Train is to address food insecurity in the communities it stops. All the latest details will be posted leading up to the event on the Facebook Event Page.

Holiday Train hats will be available for purchase at STEP the night of the Holiday Train.
We hope to see you there!

The mission of the Holiday Train is to address food insecurity in the communities it stops.


The St. Louis Park stop of the Holiday Train is presented by The Webb Group of Re/Max Results.



American Legion SLP Post

The Excelsior Group

Park Tavern


Citizens Independent Bank

Discover St. Louis Park

Julie and John Huber

Shops at the West End

STATION MASTER SPONSOR ($250 or in-kind event support)

Acacia Chapter 272


Beltline Properties

The Block Restaurant

Corporate 4 Insurance Agency

Gleason Printing

Judson K Champlin / Westman Champlin & Koehler

Minneapolis Window Shade Co.

Muddy Paws Cheesecake

North Star Donuts


SLP Nest

sota clothing

STEP is hiring our next Social Worker (full-time)

We think STEP is a great place to work! We’re looking for the next social worker to join us.

STEP Social Worker FT 2018 job posting [pdf] Accepting applications on a rolling basis.

STEP needs a full-time social worker to join a team of three other social workers in a generalist social work practice. We are seeking candidates with three-plus years of experience working with diverse populations, including those living in poverty. Anticipated pay is $37,400-$49,900 annually ($18-$24/hr), with full benefits.

Please email cover letter and resume to

Holiday Food & Toy Registration


Food shelf visits are limited to one (1) visit in November and one (1) visit in December and will include holiday food.

STEP Holiday Toy Registration

Thursday November 1 through Friday December 14, 2018

Infants to 18 year olds living in your home in St. Louis Park are eligible for STEP’s holiday gift program.

Register your children one of two ways:

  • During November food shelf appointment OR
  • Drop in between 11/1 and 12/14 during the following hours (NO Appointment Necessary):

Mon 8am – 10am & 12:30pm – 3:30pm, Tuesday 12:30pm – 3:30pm & 5pm – 7:30pm

Wed & Thursday 8am – 11am & 12:30pm – 3:30pm or Friday 8am – 11:30am

***On 12/11 STEP services will close at 2pm due to the Holiday Train. Toy Registration limited to 12:30-2. We are sorry for the inconvenience***

Please expect to wait if you drop in to register.

Documents needed to register:

  • Picture ID
  • Current utility bill or an apartment lease
  • Birth certificate or passport for EACH child unless you have already registered them at STEP for the Toy or School Supply program in the last two years. Other verification may be accepted as long as it contains the birth date.





STEP Registración para Distribución de Juguetes

Jueves 1 de noviembre al viernes 14 de diciembre 2018

Niños hasta los 18 años viviendo en su casa son elegibles para participar en este programa

Registra a sus niños uno de las dos formas:

  • Durante su visita normal para la dispensa O
  • Venga durante los siguientes tiempos: 11/1-12/14 Lunes 8am-10am & 12:30-3:30pm, Martes 12:30-3:30 & 5pm-7:30pm, Miércoles & Jueves 8am-11am & 12:30-3:30pm o Viernes 8am-11:30am
  • ***El Martes 11 de diciembre STEP cerrara a las 2pm por un evento.  Registración para el programa de juguetes será solamente de 12:30-2 ese día.  Gracias por su entendimiento***

(es posible que habrá espera sin sita)

 Documentos necesarios para registrar:

  • Identificación con foto
  • Recibo de cuenta de gas o luz con su dirección actual
  • Certificado de nacimiento o pasaporte para cada niño a menos que haya registrado CADA niño para el programa de regreso a la escuela dentro de los dos últimos años. Otros verificaciones oficiales de fecha de nacimiento serán aceptados también.

Need Winter Clothing?

Warm Coats for Winter

STEP will have winter coats available throughout October for St. Louis Park children and adults who are in need. Come during STEP’s Clothes Closet hours and bring current address verification (a utility bill or lease).

Call 952-925-4899 with any questions.

STEP Clothes Closet Hours

Mondays and Wednesdays: 9:00-11:00 am and 1:00-3:00 pm
Tuesdays: 1:00-3:00 pm and 6:00-7:30 pm
Thursdays: 9:00-11:00 am and 1:00-3:00 pm
Fridays: 9:00-11:00 am

Abrigos para Invierno

STEP tendrá abrigos para invierno durante el mes de octubre para niños y adultos que viven en St. Louis Park en necesidad.  Pueden venir durante los horarios de nuestra tienda de ropa y traer comprobante de domicilio. (Cuenta de luz o contrato de renta con su dirección).

Llama 952-925-4899 con preguntas

STEP Horario de Tienda de Ropa

Lunes & Miércoles: 9:00-11:00 am & 1:00-3:00 pm
Martes: 1:00-3:00 pm & 6:00-7:30 pm
Jueves: 9:00-11:00 am & 1:00-3:00 pm
Viernes: 9:00-11:00 am

STEP 101! Come Tour STEP Through Community Ed!

Come tour our facility and learn how we serve members of our community. On the tour you might be surprised to learn how many residents in the St. Louis Park community struggle to get their basic needs met and understand how STEP responds to those struggles in order to empower and restore hope. Learn how you can get involved in STEP’s mission and help community members fulfill their basic needs. This is a free class. Please wear comfortable clothing as STEP is a combination of a warehouse and office setting.

For more information go to and search “STEP”.

See you there!

STEP in Steel Toe

STEP in Steel Toe a great success

Thank you to all who joined STEP at Steel Toe Brewing on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. Collectively, we raised over $12,460 for STEP’s Homelessness Prevention Program!

If you’d like to contribute to this program to keep St. Louis Park families in their housing, donate here.

Steel Toe Brewing has generously donated their taproom and service for this annual event.  Steel Toe Brewing has been producing great craft beer in St. Louis Park since 2011 and have been giving back to the community from the beginning.

Volunteer Dinner

Our volunteers are the backbone of everything that happens at STEP.  Without the over 150 regular weekly volunteers, who equal 9 paid staff, we would not be able to function!  Our volunteers give their time and their hearts to serve others in our community and we love them for it.  Thank you to all the volunteers who make STEP the special place that it is.
April is volunteer appreciation month and we honored our volunteers with a special dinner and some entertainment from the staff in April.  We hope that each one knows just how special they are to us!  Thank you volunteers.

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