Details on alley work

UPDATE 8/15/17: The alley behind STEP is partially open. We will again be able to utilize the back door and the parking lot. Please note that some construction is still going on and that there may remain some temporary disruptions.

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.

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

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.

Rising from Poverty

A comprehensive, well-researched series from the Star Tribune is out and explores the challenges escaping poverty and how where you grow up can make a big difference.

At STEP we see families come from all different backgrounds and situations, but many struggles families are confronted with are the same. The Rising from Poverty

three part series can be found here and is well worth the read.

Anderson Companies talks about supporting STEP

This a great article written by Anderson Companies about why they support STEP through donations, volunteering and sponsorship of the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train.

Click here to read the article.

STEP rides. Helping people get to where they need to go.

Did you know STEP offers free rides to appointments for your neighbors with limited access to transportation?
I sat down with the transportation coordinator, Claudia Kennedy, to learn more about it.
We talked about the program, the drivers, the riders and the challenges of connecting the two. Claudia explains, “There’s a lot of people here in St. Louis Park who need help getting places. 30% of our clients tell us they have no other means of transport. They rely totally on the STEP ride program.  Some are very elderly or have physical limitations, which make getting to and from bus stops impossible. Others simply can’t afford to take a cab or use Metro Mobility. For them, our volunteer drivers are the only way they can make a medical appointment or come and pick up food here at STEP.”

Claudia wanted to stress, “These rides are given by volunteer drivers in their own personal vehicles. They don’t get paid for doing this, they do it because they want to help. They do it because they enjoy getting to know the clients and form relationships with them. Some of them donate their time almost daily. Others volunteer between busy schedules once every few weeks, when they can. All of them do it for free and the client they are driving pays nothing for the service. It’s absolutely free to the client”.

“It’s quite challenging sometimes,” Claudia continued, “We only have a certain amount of people who are willing to be drivers for us. If a couple of them go on vacation, or someone gets sick or work gets busy for them, all of a sudden we can be in a pretty tight situation. We almost always find a way to make it work. Sometimes clients are able to change the days of an appointment and sometimes drivers make an extra special effort. We rarely have to turn a client in need down. Last month we gave dozens of rides and were only unable to fill one request. I think that’s pretty good considering the scheduling challenges we face. Still, it’d be nice if we had a few more drivers so we would never have to say “no” to anyone…”
I asked Claudia about any memorable situations. Claudia had no trouble recalling one ride in particular that got very serious and had the driver going way above and beyond.
“Our driver learned the client he had just driven to a doctor’s appointment had been taken to hospital with serious health issues. As soon as he heard this he made the decision to go pick up a family member. He drove them to the hospital so they could be there with her, comfort her and advocate on her behalf. There was no question in the driver’s mind. He knew that’s what he needed to do for her.”
STEP drivers all receive a background check and must have a reliable vehicle. They also tend to be incredibly generous people who are very much appreciated! Does this sound like you? We need more drivers!
Heather Alvey, my wife, volunteers as a STEP driver. Like most of us she’s very busy and can only do one ride every few weeks or so. It’s not much, but to the person receiving the ride it means a lot. Can you help too?
If you’d like to help please complete a volunteer interest application at this linkand return to Allison at allison@stepslp.org or 6812 W Lake St, St. Louis Park, MN 55426.
Jason Alvey – STEP board member
The Transportation Program is largely funded by a generous grant from the Park Nicollet Foundation.