Mission: The mission of Step by Step is to assist women who are, have been, or are at risk of becoming incarcerated to rebuild their lives and the lives of their families through strength-based programming.
The vision of Step by Step is to become the recognized program model for women who are, have been, or are at risk of becoming incarcerated.
Founded in 1992, Step by Step’s staff and volunteers facilitate a variety of life history workshops for women in correctional facilities and agencies in western NY and the southern tier. The workshops provide a structured environment for learning and self-reflection.
We assist women to understand what caused them to be incarcerated, so they can make healthier, better choices in the future. Women struggling with histories of incarceration, addiciton and poverty often are convinced they have no worth and feel isolated. By building self awareness, self image, and self respect, women find the tools they need to rebuild their lives, and those of their families, and attain self-sufficiency.
Geographic areas served: Western NY
Programs: Workshops offered at correctional facilities, drug court and treatment programs and schools. They are designed to assist women, who have been or are at the risk of being incarcerated to increase self-esteem and focus on their strengths so that they may rebuild/redirect their lives.
My experience with Step by Step of Rochester has revealed the extreme dedication of the founders and staff of the organization. This experience is probably best summed up through a chance encounter I had with a woman that went through the Step by Step programming while incarcerated a few years ago. Since attending the programming classes to help instill confidence and skills necessary to reengage within our community, she now has a full-time job, bought her first home a year ago, and even volunteers her time. This is an amazing true life example that speaks volumes to what Step by Step of Rochester is doing not only to assist incarcerated women, but also the trickle-down benefits it provides our community.