Free tax prep sites open this summer

Did you know that Prepare + Prosper prepares taxes from June through October? Our IRS-certified volunteers can help taxpayers who missed the tax filing deadline, need to file their renter’s refund, file prior year returns, or make amendments. Financial services at the tax site are also available.

The schedule varies throughout the summer and taxpayers need to make an appointment. Check the website or call P+P at 651-287-0187 for exact dates and times.

Want to print a flyer with this information? You can print the PDF flyer in English or Spanish to distribute at your organization.

The Shoe Bus is Coming!

The Shoe Bus is a program that is open to everyone and makes its way to various locations throughout the year.  It is a great way to replace kids shoes for the summer or to get ready for back to school.  Adult shoes are also available.  Shoes are either new, or in excellent used condition.  This program has no registration and no income guidelines.  In fact by purchasing shoes at a great price, proceeds go to Good in the Hood, who help families with food insecurity.  Help us spread the word about this great program and check it out on June 21st at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church (map) from 4pm-6pm.  See more here: Shoe-Away-Hunger.
Fare for All will be going on inside Prince of Peace at the same time. Save money on groceries and by purchasing with them, their buying power helps to keep costs low for all.  It is a win-win program!  There is no registration and no income guidelines See more here: Fare For All.

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.

Critically needed school supplies are:

  • Sturdy 3-inch binders (ANY COLOR)
  • 2-pocket folders w/o prongs (PURPLE)
  • College ruled spiral notebooks:(PURPLE)
  • Wide ruled spiral notebooks: (BLUE, YELLOW, PURPLE) NO BLACK
  • Composition notebooks (WIDE) NO BLACK
  • Sketchbooks, Canson or Strathmore,- 9×12 spiral, no lines
  • Dry Erase Markers – Thick
  • Crayola 8 count WASHABLE Markers – Thick, Classic Colors
  • Pencil Boxes
  • Large Pointed Scissors
  • Backpacks for Middle & High School students

Items that are NOT needed are:

  • College ruled loose leaf paper
  • Multi-subject notebooks
  • Blunt Scissor
  • Crayons

Backpacks are distributed during registration and should be donated to STEP during the month of July. All other school supply donations should be donated to STEP by through mid-August.

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

Stabilizing families’ housing

If you could help save your neighbor from homelessness, would you take five minutes to do it? A contribution today to STEP’s Housing Assistance Program will assist a St. Louis Park family in danger of losing their housing due to a temporary financial crisis.
According to the U.S. Census, 36.8% of St. Louis Park renters pay more than 30% of their income on housing. Due to a lack of affordable options, many low-income families spend well above half of their income in housing costs. When so much of your income is taken from housing, it is easy to imagine how difficult it is to build savings to weather a job loss, health problem, or another crisis. Something as common as a car repair can endanger a family’s ability to make rent that month.
STEP responds to families facing a one-time financial crisis with our Housing Assistance Program. We evaluate each individual’s situation and provide those in greatest need with a one-time emergency assistance grant. The program keeps families in their homes.
Unfortunately, we only have resources to fulfill a segment of the need. Once a family has initially lost their housing, the cycle can be hard to recover from. Fewer landlords will rent to families with eviction-related court records. People with poor credit and housing records often pay more for poorer housing.
We can prevent or stop the cycle for a family with emergency financial assistance. If you are interested in helping ensure a St. Louis Park family stays housed and secure, donate to STEP’s Housing Assistance Program, and together we will help our neighbors in need.
Please take a moment and donate whatever you are comfortable. We need to raise at least $15,000 in order to maintain our current level of emergency housing support.
Thank you.

For more information about housing needs in St. Louis Park, click here to read Sun Sailor article.

Volunteer Appreciation Night

Every year STEP hosts an event to give back a little of what our wonderful regular volunteers give to us and to the community.  This year’s Italian theme was a hit.  As a staff we gave it our all with a dance number and there was even an appearance by TOMMIE Mato–our new tomato friend! 

 

We enjoy hosting this event to show our sincerest graduate to the over 120 weekly volunteers donating their time, adding up to 
the equivalent of more than
nine full-time staff members.
 Thank you!

See our Facebook album for all the pictures from the event! 

Back to School Registration 2017

Back to School supplies registration is July 10-August 18.

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


Register your student by coming to STEP (6812 W Lake St, St. Louis Park) either:

  • During the following hours: Mon & Wed, 8am – 11am & 12:30pm – 3:30pm; Tuesday, 12:30pm – 3:30pm & 5pm – 7:30pm; Thurs & Fri, 8am – 11am (No appointment necessary, may need to wait for soonest available staff member.)
  •  OR during your regular food shelf appointment.

Documents needed to register:

  •  Photo ID
  •  Current utility bill or an apartment lease
  • Birth certificate or passport for each child unless you have previously provided it to STEP. Other verification may be valid if it contains the birth date

For more information, contact Karen at 952-925-4899 ext. 12 or at karen@stepslp.org.

Programa de Regreso a la Escuela 2017

Regístrense para los Útiles Escolares de STEP Julio 10- Agosto 18

STEP estará distribuyendo útiles para la escuela a los niños que viven en St. Louis Park entrando en los grados K-12.  Regístrense en una de dos maneras:

  • Durante su cita para comida o
  • Durante los siguientes tiempos (sin cita)

Lunes & Miércoles 8am-11am & 12:30-3:30; Martes 12:30pm-3:30pm & 5pm-7:30; Jueves & Viernes 8am-11:00am

*si viene durante estas horas hay que esperar a que un  trabajador esté disponible. 

Para registrar hay que traer TODO LO SIGUIENTE-SIN ESTAS COSAS NO PODREMOS REGISTRARLES

  1. Su ID con foto (licencia de manejo o ID del estado)
  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 ex12  Karen@stepslp.org

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.

Food Rescue Program

 

 

The new Food Rescue Program is up and running at STEP!  Meet Mike, the new manager of the program.  Mike along with several wonderful STEP volunteers will be picking up fresh produce, meat and often dairy items at CUB to bring to the food shelf.  We hope this program will continue to grow and bring fresh and healthy options to our clients.

WE NEED YOU!!

STEP is excited to be starting work on a new program, Food Rescue! This program will enable us to pick up unwanted food from a local grocery store and distribute the product through our food shelf. This is a great opportunity to offer more healthful, fresh food options to our clients that utilize our services.

We are looking to build a crew of volunteers that are excited and dedicated to helping us make this program a success. Available shifts are Monday and Friday mornings, we are looking for warehouse volunteers to help unload, sort, organize and get rescue product out to food shelf clients. Volunteers would need to be able to lift boxes up to 50 pounds on a regular basis. Please contact Allison at allison@stepslp.org for more information or if you are interested in volunteering.