Holiday Food & Toy Registration

IMPORTANT REMINDER:

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

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.

 

RECORDATORIO IMPORTANTE:

HAY UN MAXIMO DE UNA (1) VISITA EN NOVIEMBRE Y

UNA (1) VISITA EN DICIEMBRE PARA LA DISPENSA DE COMIDA  

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.

(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

Warm Coats for Winter Needed!

We are collecting clean, warm winter coats and accessories to provide for our St. Louis Park neighbors in need. STEP will have coats available to guests in October, however, due to space limitations, it is requested that collected items be delivered to STEP in September.

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

Thank you for helping to ensure that everyone in St. Louis Park will be warm this coming winter!

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

*Please only warm winter coats, no lightweight jackets or vests.

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 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.

Charity Navigator & Charities Review Council

We’ve received a 4 star rating from Charity Navigator! This means we’re accountable, transparent, and financially healthy! Check out our Charity Navigator profile to learn more!
https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also meet the standards for the Charities Review Council. Check out our Charities Review Council page by clicking on https://smartgivers.org/organizations/st-louis-park-emergency-program/ 

Open Volunteer Positions

Have you been looking for a way to give back to the community?  Try volunteering at STEP!
We currently have positions listed below that are open and we would
like to fill them as soon as possible.
Wednesday Clothes Closet volunteer: 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
Wednesday and Thursday warehouse volunteer: 8-12 p.m.

Must be able to volunteer long term at least 6 months.

Contact Mari for questions and information on how to apply.
Can’t volunteer yourself?  Pass along the information to your
 friends or family!  


Reviews Needed!

Help future donors, volunteers, and clients find STEP by reviewing us online! STEP gains visibility and credibility with your authentic online reviews. Once we get enough reviews, STEP will be recognized with a Great Nonprofits Badge.  Several foundations STEP has approached value nonprofits that have gotten this distinction.
Any donor, volunteer, or client is invited to review STEP at 
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Thank you!

Empty Bowls Event Thank You

A big thank you to all who helped make Thursday’s Empty Bowls event a success! We couldn’t have done it without the sponsors, the donors, the volunteers, the planning committee, the performers, community partners, and everyone who came together to address food insecurity in our community.

Over 1,000 community members raised over $26,000 to support STEP programs that empower lives and restore hope.

 

 

Picture courtesy of Pop Deluxe Photography

Volunteer Spotlight

It’s been almost 10 years since Norma Kaplan began volunteering at STEP, and it’s difficult to imagine the Clothes Closet without her.
Norma grew up in Alexandria, Virginia. She received her B.A in Music Education from Indiana University, and has sung in choirs from high school to Oratorio Societies in Washington, DC and Minneapolis; she currently sings with the Twin Cities Jewish Chorale.
Now that she is retired, Norma enjoys traveling, but especially enjoys spending time with her granddaughters here in Minnesota and in Washington, D.C. And she loves to sew!
Norma started volunteering at STEP in the spring of 2008, and she has enjoyed every day since! In her early years at STEP, she co-chaired the Winter Coat Campaign for 4-5 years. She now works every Tuesday morning sorting clothes and every Friday morning staffing the Clothes Closet.
“Volunteering at STEP fulfills a part of me that I do not receive anywhere else, and I feel that I receive back much more than I give. It is truly satisfying to help a guest find an outfit for an interview that afternoon, complete from shoes to skirt and top.
“Many times the social workers will compliment a guest on something they are wearing and are told that the item was found in our Clothes Closet. We are so fortunate to be able to provide good clothing in addition to sustaining families with food. And the atmosphere at STEP is so welcoming, both from staff and volunteers. It is truly a ‘win-win’ for all involved!”