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What I want to do

Make someone's life a little easier

What matters to me

Truth, integrity, reliability, friendship

What inspires me

People who work hard, love deeply, get involved, and think positively

Gilbert, AZ USA

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ONE SMALL STEP, INC.
June 12, 2011

I started this group in 2001 with a handful of friends who agreed that we could make life easier for people in need, by doing one small thing well. We gathered socks, hundreds, then thousands of them, washed, bleached, mended, packaged, and delivered more than 160,000 pairs to shelters, clothing banks, and other organizations that serve the poor. In 2009, we expanded the "one small step" into a much larger project, The Clothes Cabin, to provide free clothes and bedding to people who cannot afford to buy what they need.

In 2010, One Small Step helped 833 families with clothes. The Back-to-Work program provided steel toed work boots to men whose job (or potential job) required them. In 2011, Clothes Cabin added laundry services for homeless people and every month the demand for clothing and laundry increases.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the smile on a mother's face, carefully selecting just the right clothes for each child. I see the gratitude of a weather-worn homeless man when I hand him his bag of laundered clothes. I feel despair lift when a man gets a new pair of workboots and goes to apply for a job.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand to other cities. So many people do not have easy access to a clothing bank, and I wonder, "Why not?" The clothes are available on one hand, the people in need on the other hand. It only takes willing hands and hearts to bridge the gap.

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I lead a team of about 20 regular volunteers who pour their heart into Christian service.