STEP Has a New Van

 

In response to the increased need to pick up and deliver groceries to neighbors in need during the pandemic, STEP has purchased a cargo van. The vehicle was made possible thanks to the timely response of community leaders. We look forward to putting on many miles getting food around town!
The van’s cost was completely covered by the following supporters:

Previously, STEP has relied on volunteers’ personal vehicles and an arrangement with Reddy Rents.
In an effort to support the work of hunger reduction, Reddy Rents provided a cargo van to STEP four mornings a week at a significant discount. That arrangement was essential for STEP to bridge the need until this point of time. STEP thanks Reddy Rents for the years of support!

Important Update

 

Here at STEP, we continue to honor our mission by providing food to our St. Louis Park neighbors. If you are in need of assistance please call us at 952.925.4899. The Clothes Closet is closed indefinitely.

The best way to assist STEP at this time is through a financial donation directly through STEP’s website by clicking here .

Thank you for your support!

Nosotros continuamos de honrar nuestra mision en proveer comida a nuestros vecinos de St. Louis Park. Si necesita ayuda llamanos al 952.925.4899. La tienda de ropa esta cerrada.

La mejor forma de ayudarnos en este tiempo es una donacion financiera atraves de nuestra pajina de web.

!Gracias por su apollo!

STEP Up Breakfast

In light of the concerns surrounding COVID 19, the 2nd Annual STEP Up Breakfast will be postponed. It is rescheduled for October 2, 2020. Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our employees, clients, supporters, and the community at large. Please keep an eye on our website and social media accounts for updates regarding the Breakfast. Take care of yourselves!

 

After the success of last year’s inaugural STEP Up Breakfast we are excited to announce the 2nd Annual STEP Up Breakfast at the Metropolitan Ballroom. This event is a great way to learn more about what STEP does for the community and learn about our current needs.

 

One of our speakers this year is a former client who will share his experience using STEP services and why STEP is such an important part of the community. Our presenting sponsor is Bridgewater Bank. We are so grateful to have the support of local businesses in the St. Louis Park community, especially our newer neighbor Bridgewater Bank. Other community sponsors include Nordic Ware and The Opus Group.

 

Click here to register for this amazing event.

 

We have sponsorship opportunities still available. Please contact Faith Mainor no later than March 31st for sponsorship information. Keep an eye on the STEP website for registration information. Don’t miss this inspirational event. We hope to see you there!

Outstanding Community Partners

Recently, STEP’s Board of Directors recognized the 2019 STEP Outstanding Community Partner, Richard and Meta Webb of the Webb Group.

Richard and Meta Webb have long been involved in multiple facets of the St. Louis Park community. They have contributed to and supported STEP’s mission to empower lives and restore hope in multiple ways. The Webb Group has been the lead host sponsors of the Holiday Train stop in St. Louis Park all four years.

Whenever their company sells or purchases a house in St. Louis Park, they donate $500 to the clients’ choice of a  St. Louis Park charity or school. Often clients have chosen STEP. Meta has volunteered on the committee organizing the annual STEP Up Breakfast. Both Richard and Meta volunteer together at STEP on a regular basis, usually sorting incoming clothing or food donations.

What a wonderful example on how two busy small business owners can still make a big impact on the community they care about!

Volunteer Spotlight

STEP is so fortunate to have incredibly supportive volunteers. Over the years, our organization has moved from building to building and staff have come and gone. Many of our long-term volunteers have witnessed these transformations and have continued to volunteer.

Cindy Jurgenson, a STEP supporter and transportation volunteer, has witnessed our growth and change over her 23 years of volunteering. Cindy went out on her last ride with us in December and we are so sad to see her go!

Cindy was attracted to the flexible volunteer schedule that our transportation program offered and the ability to create meaningful connections through conversations over each trip. She mentions that our transportation program provides an invaluable service to this community.

Last fiscal year, STEP’s transportation volunteers provided clients with just short of 1300 medical or food shelf rides. Cindy appreciates STEP’s commitment to easing the transportation burden of our neighbors. Cindy and her husband, Curt (pictured above) are incredible STEP supporters and urge you to become involved with STEP’s transportation program! If interested, please reach out to Mari, our Volunteer Coordinator.

Holiday Toy Update & Thank You

Thank you to the many donors who helped make this year’s Toy Program a success! We were able to serve over 550 kids in total with toys or gift certs this year!

Thank you to Peace Presbyterian Church for hosting and for our volunteers who worked so hard to make this happen. Special thanks to Eileen Unze, Camille Schroeder & Carita Dahlberg for your leadership and dedication!

 

 

 

 

25 Years of Social Work at STEP

Juile Lapointe recently marked her 25th year of service as STEP’s Social Worker & Program Manager

In celebration, we would like to share this video made about Julie and her dedication to social work, her clients and the long lasting effect of building relationships.

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Creative Giving

We love seeing the creative ways that community members contribute to STEP. From birthday bags to collection drive competitions, we enjoy the enthusiasm we see to help our SLP neighbors. With the holiday season quickly approaching, please consider hosting a collection with your coworkers, faith community or neighbors to improve the lives of community members.

 

We have many collection opportunities: winter clothing in Octobertoys in November & December, school supplies in August, and nonperishable food throughout the year.

 

Even better, coordinate a full-circle experience and organize a collection and stock the collected items as a group here at STEP.

 

Take a look at our website for ideas on organizing a food drive. Connect with our Volunteer and Community Relations Coordinator so that we can share the good that you are doing!

 

Coats and Winter Wear Available

 

The Clothes Closet is ready for winter! We may not want the cold weather to come yet, but we are ready for it! We have coats, snow pants, boots and mittens to make sure everyone in SLP is able to stay warm!

  • During the month of October STEP provides winter coats and other winter clothing items to residents in need living in St. Louis Park. Residents may access this program as they would the clothing closet.
  • This program is in partnership with the Coats for Kids Program sponsored by Pilgrim’s Cleaners. Donations from the community are also welcomed.

STEP Receives Highest Rating

STEP has been given the highest, four-star rating from Charity Navigator, a national watchdog of nonprofit charities.

The group rates charities for their accountability and transparency, as well as their financial health.

STEP is one of 39 small Minnesota nonprofit organizations to receive this top rating! Click here to see our profile on Charity Navigator.