Mission: Stepup inspires adults and children at economic risk to take responsibility for every aspect of their lives through comprehensive programs and meaningful relationships. To do this, stepup partners with adults and children in the shared goal of stable lives through employment and life skills training. Practicing compassionate accountability, we seek to break down the barriers that keep individuals and their families unemployed, thus benefiting the whole community.
Programs: Employment: the jobs team empowers, encourages and equips individuals to obtain and maintain employment through extensive job training workshops, case management and compassionate accountability. We uniquely invest in the needs of those facing long-term unemployment while also investing in the needs of, and enlisting the support of, area businesses. Through an innovative and partnered approach, we enable our business community to help formerly unemployed individuals thrive and participants to work toward becoming productive, healthy and actively employed members of our community. Between july 1, 2016 and june 30, 2017, stepup ministry trained and helped to place 265 individuals in jobs with 195 employers.
life skills: once employed, stepup participant adults and their children can attend a yearlong incentivized program that equips the whole family with the life skills necessary to live stable lives. Our adults may lack community support, but are responsible as primary wage earners and parents. Life skill families learn skills such as budgeting, goal-setting, credit restoration, managing emotions and relational development. The goal is long term stability in all aspects of the family's life. Between july 1, 2016 and june 30, 2017, 144 adults and 124 children attended the life skills program.
real world: for young adults, ages 16-21, stepup offers a yearlong real world program. Real world prepares young adults for transition into adulthood by teaching the skills needed to make responsible choices, maintain positive attitudes, value education, strengthen their communication skills, and establish meaningful, long-lasting relationships. Between july 1, 2016 and june 30, 2017, 56 young adults participated in the real world program.