6812 West Lake St., St. Louis Park, MN 55426 | Phone: 952-925-4899

About Us


STEP has been empowering lives and restoring hope in St. Louis Park since 1975. Our work is a collaboration of staff, volunteers, board members, donors and community partners. How can you be part of our mission?

STEP is there…

When a family is struggling to afford to put food on the table, STEP is there.

When a man lacks a proper winter coat and can’t afford it, STEP is there.

When a new parent is in need of diapers and baby formula, STEP is there.

When a senior with no transportation needs a ride to their medical appointment, STEP is there.

When a student needs school supplies to be ready to learn, STEP is there.

When a parent needs help celebrating a child’s birthday or the holidays, STEP is there.



STEP offers curbside shopping or in-person food shopping. Food appointments can be made by calling 952-925-4899 and scheduling a curbside pickup time or in-person shopping time. Calls and pick-up times can be generally made during these hours.

Mondays: 8am to 3:30pm
Tuesdays: 12pm to 7pm
Wednesdays: 8am to 3:30pm
Thursdays: 8am to 3:30pm
Fridays: 8am to 11:30am


6812 West Lake St.
St. Louis Park, MN 55426
Phone: 952-925-4899
Fax: 952-925-5161
Email: info@STEPslp.org


  • Residents must register with a STEP social worker prior to accessing the service. STEP requests annual address verification in the form of a current lease, medical bill, utility bill, or mail from city, county, state or federal government. Mail must be postmarked within past 30 days.
  • STEP offers gently used clothing for children and adults.
  • STEP does not offer household items or furniture.
  • Bedding and linens are occasionally available.
  • Seasonal donations from the community are welcomed.

Clothes Closet Hours: 

Tuesdays: 5pm-7pm
9am-11am and 1pm-3pm


Food and clothing donations can be brought to our donor door facing the alley at STEP during the below times:

Mondays: 8:00-3:30pm
Tuesdays: 12:00-7:00pm
Wednesdays: 8:00-3:30pm
Thursdays: 8:00-3:30pm
Fridays: 8-11:30am

If donating more than 200 pound of food or 10 bags of clothes, please call STEP to schedule a time to drop off the donation. 

Donations may also be left in the following locations:

-Donation Bins in front of the Knollwood and West End Cub Foods.

West End Artisan Market Wednesday-Friday 11-6, Saturdays 10-6, and Sundays 11-3. Donors will receive a gift certificate for a free slice of Muddy Paws Cheesecake! Located at Shops of West End, next to Yard House.

* We will also post closures on Facebook and Twitter. STEP generally follows SLP Public Schools for inclement weather closures.

Our Staff

Derek Burrows Reise
Executive Director
952-925-4899 x1700
Email Derek

Maryanne Abeid
Operations Manager
952-925-4899 x1600
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Sharon Abelson
Finance Coordinator
952-925-4899 x1500
Email Sharon

Theresa Anderson
Case Worker
952-925-4899 x1100
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Jessie Billiet, LSW
Social Worker
952-925-4899 x1400
Email Jessie

Karen Clara, LSW
Social Services Director (Bilingual in Spanish & English)
952-925-4899 x1200
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Paige Cosner, LICSW
Social Worker
952-925-4899 x1300
Email Paige

Mari-Claire Dart
Programs Director
952-925-4899 x1800
Email Mari-Claire

Andrea Downey Kaiserman
Food Rescue Coordinator
Email Andrea

Amy Mitchell

Sarah Schwabel
Volunteer and Scheduling Coordinator
952-925-4899 x2100
Email Sarah

Vernon Sowell
Finance Director
952-925-4899 x1500
Email Vernon

Jacqueline (Jacks) Michaud-Freidson
Director of Development
952-925-4899 x1900
Email Jacks



STEP Holidays

STEP is open Monday – Friday except for occasional closures or holidays.

In 2024, STEP will be closed:

  • January 1 (New Years Day)
  • January 15 (MLK Day)
  • February 19 (Presidents Day)
  • May 27 (Memorial Day)
  • June 6 (Staff Retreat)
  • July 1 (Inventory)
  • July 4 (Independence Day)
  • September 2 (Labor Day)
  • November 5 (Election Day)
  • November 28 (Thanksgiving)
  • November 29 (Thanksgiving)
  • December 24 (Holiday Break)
  • December 25 (Holiday Break)
  • December 26 (Holiday Break)
  • December 31 (Holiday Break)
  • January 1 (Holiday Break)


6812 West Lake St.
St. Louis Park, MN 55426
Phone: 952-925-4899
Fax: 952-925-5161
Email: info@STEPslp.org


Mondays: 8am to 4pm
Tuesdays: 12pm to 7pm
Wednesdays: 8am to 4pm
Thursdays: 8am to 4pm
Fridays: 8am to 12pm

Board of Directors

Board Members

Frank Abramson
Daniel Bakken, VICE CHAIR
Brian Bozeman, CHAIR
Ramil Goonetilleke
Sue Gross
Lisa Hertel, PAST CHAIR
Crystal Jewett
Gary Krupp
Flower Krutina, SECRETARY
Corrine Lynch
Becky Olson-Kellogg
Peter Redmond
Soda Rajsombath
Tobit Simmons
Todd Smith
Jessica Stejskal
Bob Tift
Rick Warner
Meta Webb
Melissa Worthington, TREASURER

Honorary Members

Judith Bennett, deceased
Arnold Bloomquist, deceased
Marion Brummer
Margo Chesley
Elissa Heilicher, deceased
Raleigh Kent
Roger McCabe
Frank Radermacher
John Steffenhagen
Len Zeff

Annual Reports & Financial Statements

Charity Accountability

STEP is proud to announce that we meet the standards of the Charities Review Council. To see STEP’s report go to: https://smartgivers.org/organizations/st-louis-park-emergency-program/

STEP is proud to announce that we are rated a Four Star Charity by Charity Navigator. To see STEP’s report go to: https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=15346

STEP is proud to announce that we received a Platinum Badge from Candid/GuideStar.

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