Back to School Supply Drive

Back to School Supply Drive

School supply donations are accepted during the months of June, July and August. STEP packs a bag for each registered St. Louis Park child based on the supply list for their school and grade.

STEP packs a bag for each registered St. Louis Park child based on the supply list for their school and grade. Critically needed school supplies are:

  • Zip Binders – Must be 3 inch
  • Paper folders without prongs: RED (No purple or black)
  • College ruled spiral notebooks: BLUE,GREEN,YELLOW (No purple)
  • Wide ruled spiral notebooks: RED
  • Loose leaf paper – College and Wide ruled
  • Plastic folders without prongs: RED
  • Plastic page protectors
  • Crayola Colored Pencils – 12 count
  • Pink bar erasers
  • Highlighters – Thick/Large (no thin)
  • Crayola washable markers – 10 count package
  • WASHABLE 8 pan paints – Prang or Crayola
  • Pencil Pouches
  • Pencil Sharpeners
  • Post-it Note pads – 3X3
  • Plastic rulers
  • Ballpoint Pens: BLUE  (No black or red)
  • Expo Dry Erase Markers – package of 4 colors (NO BLACK)

Items that are NOT needed are:

  • Comp Notebooks – Black
  • Blunt Scissors
  • Wooden rulers
  • Pronged paper or plastic two-pocket folders

School supply donations should be donated to STEP by August 16, 2018.

Click on Amazon School Supply Wish List and Target School Supply Wish List to donate supplies online.  Items purchased online will be sent directly to STEP.

Donations can be dropped off at STEP at 6812 W. Lake St. in St. Louis Park.  For more information, please call STEP at 952-925-4899.

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

Registration for Back to School Program

Back to School Program

STEP provides new school supplies and backpacks to St. Louis Park children whose guardians cannot afford school supplies.

STEP accesses school supply lists from the local school district and packs bags accordingly. If children attend schools outside of St. Louis Park, parents are encouraged to provide a list at the time of registration and STEP will make every attempt to accommodate this list.

Back to School Registration 2019

Register for STEP’s Back to School Program

July 1 through August 9

Registration is for St. Louis Park children entering grades K thru 12 in need of school supplies

You can register your child in one of two ways:

  1. During a scheduled food shelf appointment OR
  2. During the following hours* (NO appointment necessary):
    • Mon & Wed 8am – 10am & 12:30pm – 3:30pm
    • Tuesday 12:30pm – 3:30pm & 5pm – 7:30pm
    • Thursday 8am – 10:30 am
    • Friday 8am – 11 am

                                     *Please expect to wait for the soonest available staff member.

Documents needed to register each child:

  • Picture ID
  • Current utility bill or an apartment lease
  • Birth certificate or passport for each child unless you registered EACH child for Back to School Supplies LAST YEAR. Other official verification may be accepted if it contains the birth date.
  • School supply list for children NOT attending SLP schools.

For more information, contact Karen at (952) 925-4899 ex.1200 or at karen@stepslp.org

 

Programa de Regreso a la Escuela 2019

Regístrense para los Útiles Escolares de STEP Julio 1- Agosto 9

Registración para los niños que viven en St. Louis Park entrando en los grados K-12.

Regístrense en una de dos maneras:

  1. Durante su cita para comida o
  2. Durante los siguientes tiempos (sin cita) *hay que esperar a que un trabajador esté disponible.
    • Lunes & Miércoles 8am-10am & 12:30-3:30
    • Martes 12:30pm-3:30pm & 5pm-7:30
    • Jueves 8am-10:30am
    • Viernes 8am-11:00am

Para registrar hay que traer para cada niño:

  1. Su ID con foto (licencia de manejo, ID del estado, pasaporte o matricula consolar)
  2. Bill de gas, luz o contrato de renta para verificar dirección
  3. Si no registro su hijo el año pasado necesitamos uno: record de vacunas, record médico, acta de nacimiento, record de la escuela, o pasaporte para cada niño. Es necesario que trae la fecha de nacimiento. (NO aceptamos tarjetas de seguro social)
  4. Lista de útiles de la escuela si su hijo/a va a una escuela fuera del distrito de SLP.

Para más información, contáctese con Karen (952) 925-4899 ex1200  Karen@stepslp.org

Back to School Supply Drive

Back to School Supply Drive

School supply donations are accepted during the months of May, June, July and August. STEP packs a bag for each registered St. Louis Park child based on the supply list for their school and grade.

STEP packs a bag for each registered St. Louis Park child based on the supply list for their school and grade. Critically needed school supplies are:

  • Zip Binders – Must be 3 inch
  • Paper folders without prongs: RED (No purple or black)
  • College ruled spiral notebooks: BLUE,GREEN,YELLOW (No purple)
  • Wide ruled spiral notebooks: RED
  • Loose leaf paper – College and Wide ruled
  • Plastic folders without prongs: RED
  • Plastic page protectors
  • Crayola Colored Pencils – 12 count
  • Pink bar erasers
  • Highlighters – Thick/Large (no thin)
  • Crayola washable markers – 10 count package
  • WASHABLE 8 pan paints – Prang or Crayola
  • Pencil Pouches
  • Pencil Sharpeners
  • Post-it Note pads – 3X3
  • Plastic rulers
  • Ballpoint Pens: BLUE  (No black or red)
  • Expo Dry Erase Markers – package of 4 colors (NO BLACK)

Items that are NOT needed are:

  • Comp Notebooks – Black
  • Blunt Scissors
  • Wooden rulers
  • Pronged paper or plastic two-pocket folders

School supply donations should be donated to STEP by August 12, 2019.

Click on Amazon School Supply Wish List and Target School Supply Wish List to donate supplies online.  Items purchased online will be sent directly to STEP.

Donations can be dropped off at STEP at 6812 W. Lake St. in St. Louis Park.  For more information, please call STEP at 952-925-4899.

Donation Hours

Transportation Needs

 

We are looking for individuals to provide transportation for clients to/from medical appointments OR to/from STEP for food shelf appointments. Volunteers who can commit to providing two or more rides per month for at least twelve months is preferred. Volunteer hours are flexible and dependent on client appointment times Most medical rides are within Hennepin County. Last year, STEP Volunteer Drivers provided over a thousand rides to seniors and homebound individuals. This program provides volunteers with a unique opportunity to interact with individuals of varied ages, ethnic backgrounds and abilities.     

Prospective volunteers must be able to pass a MN BCA background check and MN Driver’s record check, provide their own vehicle and possess a current Driver’s License and Auto Insurance.

Please contact STEP’s Volunteer Coordinator if you are interested in this volunteer opportunity:

Mari-Claire Dart

mari@STEPslp.org

952-925-4899 ext. 1800

Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

STEP hosted our annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner for over 100 volunteers and their guests in celebration of Volunteer Appreciation Month. We can’t think of a better way to thank our volunteers than by treating them to dinner and a (silly) show! Special thanks to Westwood Lutheran Church for hosting us and for Ben & Jerry’s for donating ice cream for dessert!

Julie Lapointe – Building Relationships for 25 years

In January of 1994 Julie Lapointe packed up and moved from Iowa to Minnesota with her sights set on graduate school. Needing a job she opened the paper and there she saw a tiny ad, for a temporary social worker. Julie recognized that STEP represented the true values of social work.

Twenty-five years later, Social Worker and Program Manager Julie continues her work at STEP and has see it transition and grow. She has worked in four different buildings, seen an increase from four staff members to eleven, and played an integral part in developing the programs that STEP offers today.

Julie shared that, “seeing how the power of relationships instills hope in people’s lives,” is what she enjoys most about STEP. In addition to the relationships with her clients, Julie also enjoys the relationships she has with the volunteers and her colleagues. “Staff stability is so important,” says Julie, “to ensure the longevity of an organization.”

When asked what Julie most wanted people to know about STEP, the first thing she said was, “STEP impacts lives in a meaningful way. Social work can be limited in many fields because of insurance reimbursement, agency and government policies, and an organization’s values and mission. STEP values the dignity and individual worth of people first and foremost, despite operating with fewer resources than many organizations.

When she is not at STEP, Julie enjoys kickboxing, gardening, and going on garage sale adventures. Thank you Julie for your 25 years of service to STEP and the St. Louis Park community!

Meet STEP’s Newest Social Worker

Jackie received her Bachelor’s in Social Work from Minnesota State University Moorhead. Over the past four years, she has worked to support a better quality of life for the refugee community in Fargo with a focus on unaccompanied minors, elders, and families. Jackie is driven by social justice and advocacy. She strives to meet people where they are at and help provide them with the tools needed to thrive in their community.

Jackie is passionate about working with diverse populations and helping others in need. Jackie was drawn to STEP’s underlying purpose of building relationships with clients and helping people feel empowered. Jackie is excited to be at STEP and looks forward to getting to know everyone.

Jackie recently adopted two cats named Bellatrix and Luna. She is enjoying being a cat mom, exploring the area to find the best local coffee shops, and hanging out with friends. Jackie hopes to brush up on her Spanish with Spanish speaking clientele as well as learn conversational skills in the other languages spoken by STEP clients.

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Meet STEP’s New Development Director

STEP now has a new Development Director! Below she shares a little about herself and why she’s happy to be at STEP.

 

My name is Faith Mainor and I am the new Development Director for STEP. I am so excited to be at STEP and back in Minnesota where I grew up. I am originally from Eden Prairie, I moved to Denver in 2007 to attend college and start my career in the nonprofit sector. I have recently relocated back to Minneapolis to accept the position here at STEP and start a family with my husband Ben.

 

I’ve had a passion for the nonprofit sector since I was young, and my parents introduced me volunteering. After I graduated from high school I took a year off and traveled to Kenya to work in a children’s orphanage. It was a life changing experience and I realized that I wanted to spend my career working in the nonprofit sector. When I returned home I moved to Denver to start school. Over the years I have worked in many different positions throughout the nonprofit sector which has only enforced my passion for nonprofit work.

 

When I saw the job posting for a development director at STEP I knew I wanted the job and applied right away. I was drawn to STEP’s mission and the overwhelming support STEP receives from the community in donations and volunteer time. I’m very happy to be here and I look forward to meeting all of you in the coming months.

STEP Remodel

STEP’s remodeling project is virtually done!  Worn out carpet was replace with carpet tiles in the hallway and brand-new modern flooring was installed in the community room. We now have three additional work spaces including an office for the newly created Development Director position and social work intern/volunteer office!

We are grateful for all who supported STEP in this exciting process! Costs were contained by donations of time and/or materials from the following supporters: Carl Robertson, Ungerman Inc.Shaughnessy Flooring, Brian Hayes, and Electrical Design & Engineering.

 

STEP seeks city’s partnership in collaborative resource center

Aligned with STEP’s 2018 Strategic Plan, the staff and Board of Directors of STEP have approached the St. Louis Park City Council with a proposed vision for a collaboration. The vision is for a place for residents to come to be connected to city, STEP, and other vital services. It would allow STEP to enhance and expand its current offerings.

As the process develops, updates will be posted here.

January 2019: STEP presentation to city council