Coat Program a Huge Success!

This year we were able to give out a total of 843 coats in the month of October alone!

Thanks to the dedication of our amazing volunteers, the Clothes Closet was transformed into the ultimate shop of winter items throughout the month of October.

Hats, boots, mittens and snow pants filled every rack along with rows and rows of coats.

Thank you to our community for all the donations of winter gear as well as Pilgrim Cleaners for giving us coats through the Coats for Kids program.  We will continue to have winter items available throughout the winter for those still in need.

Holiday Toy Drive

STEP collect Holiday toys during October, November and December. There is a new avenue for Holiday Toys – Seasonal 2purchasing toys to donate that are fun and easy to do through Amazon and Target.

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 gift cards.  Values of $10, $20, and $30 are needed.

Please donate your new toy or gift card no later than Monday, December 12th.  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.  Toy Drive

STEP will be accepting toys up to December 12.

Questions? Call Diane at STEP (952) 925-5161, ext 14, or email Diane@STEPslp.org.

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

Thank You Fall Giving Campaign Donors

Thank you to our wonderful community for coming through for us in the 2017 Fall Giving Campaign! Your generosity resulted in a total of $133,193 to help STEP continue to serve the families in our community! Amazing work everyone!

Holiday Toy Drive

STEP collect Holiday toys during October, November and December. There is a new avenue for purchasing toys to donate that are fun and easy to do through Amazon and Target.

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 gift cards.  Values of $10, $20, and $30 are needed.

Please donate your new toy or gift card no later than December 8th.

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 December 12.

Questions? Call Diane at STEP (952) 925-5161, ext 14, or email Diane@STEPslp.org.

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

 

STEP Holiday Toy Registration

Wednesday, November 1 through Friday, December 8, 2017

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 12/8 during the following hours (NO Appointment Necessary):

Mon & Wed 8am – 11am & 12:30pm – 3:30pm or Tuesday 12:30pm – 3:30pm & 5pm – 7:30pm

Or Thursday 8am – 11am or Friday 8am – 11:30am

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 year.  Other verification may be accepted as long as it contains date of birth.

STEP Registración para Distribución de Juguetes

Miércoles 1 de noviembre al viernes 8 de diciembre 2017

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: 11/1-12/8 Lunes & Miércoles 8am-11am & 12:30-3:30pm o Martes 12:30-3:30 & 5pm-7:30pm, Jueves 8am-11am o Viernes 8am-11:30am. (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 de ESTE AÑO. Otros verificaciones oficiales de fecha de nacimiento serán aceptados también.

Holiday Train visits St. Louis Park on December 10

On Sunday, December 10, 2017, the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train returns to St. Louis Park!

The mission of the Holiday Train is to address food insecurity in the communities it stops. The event is free–but attendees are asked to bring food or financial donations for the local food shelf–STEP. The train will again stop 100 feet from STEP’s front door, at West Lake Street and Library Lane.

The festivities start at 5:30 pm, including activities, hot food and beverages, and music by Tim Mahoney. The Holiday Train’s estimated arrival is 6:15 pm. The concert from the train will only be viewable on the west side of the tracks (STEP side). Once the train pulls in, it will not be possible to cross to the other side of the tracks.

2016 Holiday Train stop in St. Louis Park (photo by Todd Pernsteiner)

 

St. Louis Park Holiday Train sponsors

ENGINEER SPONSOR ($5,000)

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

 

 

DISPATCHER SPONSORS ($2,500)

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CONDUCTOR SPONSORS ($1,000)

Anderson Companies Citizens Independent Bank
Discover St. Louis Park Kid Zone Early Learning Center
Park Tavern The Shops at West End
Anonymous Conductor Sponsor (1)

STATIONMASTER SPONSORS ($250)

 Acacia Chapter 272 Order of the Eastern Star Alotapilates
Monarch Builders & Commercial Services CHUX Print
 Family Orthodontics Gleason Printing
 Maestoso Music Studio Minneapolis Window Shade
Monkey Bridge Arts  Parktacular
 St. Louis Park Public Schools  SLP Friends of the Arts

 

Warm Coats for Winter

Warm Coats for Winter
STEP will have winter coats available throughout October for St. Louis Park children and adults who are in need of one. 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

 

Winter Coats Donations

If you would like to donate a gently used or new winter coat, please drop off your donation at STEP during our business hours:
Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays:
8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tuesdays: 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Fridays: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

All ages and sizes of Coats/Jackets* and Accessories are needed.

*Please only warm winter coats–no lightweight jackets or vests.
Accessories especially needed in all sizes: Boots, Gloves, Mittens, Snow Pants

Click here to order via STEP’s Amazon Wish List

Let’s make sure that everyone in St. Louis Park will be warm this coming winter!

STEP Donor Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy 

The St. Louis Park Emergency Program (STEP) has created this Privacy Policy to explain why we collect particular information and how we will protect your personal privacy within our Web site. The following discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices for the Web site located at the URL www.STEPslp.org.

In order to fully understand your rights we encourage you to read this Privacy Policy. STEP reserves the right at any time and without notice to change this Privacy Policy simply by posting such changes on our Site. Any such change will be effective immediately upon posting.

It is the policy of STEP to discontinue contacting any person upon that person’s oral or written request directed to the organization, its professional fundraiser, or other agent.

STEP respects the privacy of its donors. We do not sell or exchange any individual donor information.

What Information We Collect and How We Use That Information:
Our forms may request users to give us contact information that may include name, email address, address, interests, and similar information. We do not store sensitive information such as credit card numbers. STEP uses your information to complete a transaction, communicate back to you, and update you on our program.

STEP keeps all donor information private and confidential at all times.  We do not exchange donor information, or sell any donor or volunteer mailing list/ information to other organizations for the purpose of fundraising. We do not mail to donors who choose to not receive future communications from STEP. If STEP is notified by a donor that he/she wishes to not receive our communications, STEP’s Business Manager removes them from STEP’s mailing list and verifies that the donor is removed from all STEP correspondence.

Details on alley work

UPDATE 9/29/17: The alley work is now 100% complete! There should be no further expected closures or restrictions.

Running from approximately July 17 to August 31, 2017, there will be roadwork in the alley behind STEP. This will significantly impact parking and access to the building.

Please call 952-925-4899 if you have any further questions.

DONOR DETAILS

Food, clothing, or school supply donations can now be brought to the back alley door. The alley can be accessed from Brownlow Ave or Library Lane (but not 1st St NW). The alley can be accessed via STEP’s parking lot over a car-width patch of gravel at the end of the lot.

CLIENT DETAILS

After shopping in the food shelf, groceries will again be picked up at the back door off the alley. The parking lot is now open. The alley can be accessed via STEP’s parking lot over a car-width patch of gravel at the end of the lot. The Clothes Closet will operate as usual.

Tuesday afternoon produce bags are again being distributed out of the alley door. As always, we recommend calling ahead to check on availability.

Thank you music fans!

Thanks to everyone who bought Cities 97 Sampler Volume 28.  We are so excited to find out that we received a grant this year.

Be sure to be on the lookout for Cities 97 Sampler Volume 29 which will be available at Minneapolis-St. Paul metro Target stores on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 8:00 AM