Impact and Programs
In April 2020, Stepping Stone moved half of our 66 residents to a nearby hotel. This resulted in zero residents testing positive for COVID-19. Though our residents were in two separate locations, basic needs of food, shelter, and daily essentials, and critical support services were still offered at the highest level possible. In addition, Stepping Stone expanded services to Washington County in which we provided case management services to over 50 clients daily in two different hotels.
With the drastic work that we had to do in response to COVID-19 and social upheaval, Stepping Stone remained consistent the work with residents and while achieving added financial security.
Develop 2022-2025 Strategic Operations and Business Plan
Enhance Stepping Stone's Program Committee. Thought a Board initiative, this Committee will include not only Board members, but members of the community, staff, and those with lived experience of homelessness. This will be the primary force that will define, monitor, and evaluate Stepping Stone programs.
Expand further into Washington County. Prior to COVID, the intent was to create a static site. Since COVID happened, the hotel model was the logical solution. However, with funding opportunities and COVID cases reducing, a static site is again part of the discussion.
Community or Constituency Served
Stepping Stone serves those who are experiencing homelessness primarily in the five county metro area, including the counties of Anoka, Washington, Dakota, Scott, and Carver.
Geographic Area Served
Stepping Stone is located in Anoka; however, we are in the Suburban Metro Continuum of Care which includes the counties of Anoka, Washington, Dakota, Scott, and Carver.