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Stepping Stones Foundation, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Crime & Law, Domestic Violence, Family Violence Shelters, Homeless & Housing, Human Services, Protection Against Abuse, Spouse Abuse Prevention, Victims Services

Geographic areas served: West Yavapai County, including Prescott and Prescott Valley

Community Stories

51 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Abraham2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Stepping Stones does so much for the community—not just giving shelter to people in need, but also providing services that help them develop the fundamental skills and ways of thinking that they may need to get back on their feet.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Absolutely outstanding organization that makes profound, lasting change in our community!

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I actually work at stepping stone thrift store now, but I used to live at the shelter. The advocates treated me and my kids great and helped us get back on are feet. The biggest help was realizing I was in relationships that were abusive, cuz I didn't always see that. They could have been more helpful getting me into a place to live, but I guess that isnt there job.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband is a bad alcoholic, but he is not physically abusive. I called the helpline and the advocate shared with me how abusive living with an alcoholic is and how it effects me and my kids. I started going to groups at the shelter even though I didn't live at the shelter. Stepping Stones advocates have changed my life. Amazing place

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am grateful that Stepping Stones is here in the community. I picked up one of their hotline cards at the thrift store one day, kept it in my wallet just in case. That day came and I was able to give it to a woman who was on the phone crying in downtown Prescott. I don't know the outcome, but I was happy that I had a resource she could take. I always pick up more cards now when I can!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Stepping Stones has the best thrift stores! I find good supplies at the clothing outlet store in Prescott Valley.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Such amazing staff and amazing products in their thrift stores! :) It is always nice and clean. I love shopping there. Even better, proceeds stay local and go back to their shelter. Definitely a good organization to support!

Thumbs up from me!! :)

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great coffee and fun thrift shops. It's great that they give back to families in my community, too!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our initial experience with Stepping Stones was as customers of their well run thrift stores. When we decided to look for volunteer opportunities, Stepping Stones immediately attracted us. Once a part of this wonderful nonprofit, we were increasingly impressed by the range of services it provides and the constant and thoughtful appreciation it shows its volunteers, no matter what we are doing or how much or little time we have to give. It is truly a class act among nonprofits.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work for a local employment service. We have partnered with Stepping Stones to help people with disabilities learn the skills necessary to be gainfully employed. I don’t think I have every worked with an agency that is so willing to go the extra mile to help people in need. I have mostly worked with Jesus who is the volunteer coordinator. He has gone above and beyond to help my clients learn the skills they need to succeed. Thank you Stepping Stones!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love this organization!! Everything they do goes to support a shelter for domestic violence. Their program gives people the confidence to move forward in their lives.
The people who work for the organization are caring helpful people who want the best for all involved.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It is amazing all the things that Stepping Stones does for the residents and the community. They really help a lot of people.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As an advocate in the community, I rely on Stepping Stones Agency because it is there for families that need safety.
I've been in this area over 20 yeras and I know that Stepping Stones has a great reputation for being available night and day and for their expertise. Thank you!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love this place, I love to drop the donation and shop there. All employees and volunteers are great, always with a smile on their face. Very kind and helpful. Nice and clean stores and very well organized. Always go home with a treasurer, I go there at least twice a week. Love it.
Rehab Boswell

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Over 35 years of assisting victims of domestic violence and supporting our community, they have it figured out: Great Leadership, Responsible fiscal management, and the ability to stick to their mission and values. They truly make a difference!

Client Served

Rating: 5

STEPPING STONES IS THE BEST RUN ORGANIZATION I HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED. OVER THE YEARS I'VE BEEN TO MANY THRIFT STORES ,BUT SS OFFERS THE MOST DIVERSE SERVICES FOR A NON PROFIT. I SHOP AT THEIR STORES, SHARE COFFEE WITH FRIENDS AT THE COFFEE SHOP THERE AND DONATE ITEMS AND THEY HAVE GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE!!! AND THEY PROVIDE WONDERFUL SERVICES TO MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN. GREAT JOB GUYS!! HOPE TO BE ABLE TO DONATE TIME SOON. P.s. shop there, you'll be surprised at the neat stuff they have...at red barn and clothing store.

Donor

Rating: 5

My family and I have never had to use their services, but I am part of a community club that donates items and money to Stepping Stones. We recently took a tour of the facility and were so impressed with their services. I am so pleased that we have this facility available in our community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Stepping Stones is such a wonderful non profit! I love it so much and love being able to be part of it! I had a rough childhood and have seen domestic violence happen as well as drug abuse within my family. At a young age, I have seen my mother be beaten by my father and have seen my mother use illegal drugs. This has happened regularly all my life. I then graduated high school and decided to move out and find a community I can be part of. I just recently moved to Prescott Valley and came across Stepping Stones. It is so wonderful how all the proceeds from the thrift, clothing and coffee house go straight to the shelter. I attended a tour of the shelter and it really "hit home". Seeing the programs they offer, the gifts they give, the atmosphere they provide in the homes and how hard the associates work to help them have a second chance at life brings me soooooo much joy. I donate often and devote my time to this awesome cause. Nothing but great things to this non-profit! Definitely a Stepping Stones Supporter!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The many services Stepping Stones provides to the community are amazing, and the reason that I continue to support this agency. There is a feeling of warmth, recovery, support, and a genuine desire to empower those who wish to change their lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Stepping Stones is the best! The people who work there are kind, generous and considerate. The stores are clean and bright. The purpose is what matters the most: a haven or immediate shelter when needed. I have been a customer, a supporter, and a volunteer and they are simply the best.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been visiting, donating and shopping at Stepping Stone since 2001, when store was in the old building. I recommended this store to my friends, because it is so much fun to shop there for everyone! You never know what you can find there! I think that people who works there and volunteers are doing Great Job for our Community! Thank you for being there for us!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first learned about Stepping Stones by shopping at their thrift store in Prescott. I didn't know that all the proceeds went to their domestic violence shelter for local families. It is awesome that every time I shop there, I know that I'm supporting people right here in Prescott. They have great deals on thrift items, most of my wardrobe is from their awesome selection! Thank you for what you do!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My sister was lost. Her kids had been taken away from her, her boyfriend was really abusive even violent. She started doing Heroin, she was sort of a heavy drinker anyway. My husband would not let her live with us because we didn't want any of that crazy around our kids. I finally talked her into going to Stepping Stones. Here it is 6 months later and SS got her a job in their coffee shop, donated a car to her, she has been clean and sober for 6 months and goes to the Guidance Clinic counseling program. SS helped her by letting her stay in their transition apartments. It is so great.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Stepping Stones helps so many people here in our local community! I have had great experiences with this agency in many capacities and love their mission! I hope they help as many people as they can here in the Prescott area, and i know at least for me I will continue to support them!!!! Great job guys!!!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It's always a joy to shop the Stepping Stones thrift shops. They are heads and tails above most of the other thrift shops in town. All the stores are neat, clean, and well-organized. The staff at all the stores have a real talent for eye-appealing displays, and this makes for an enjoyable shopping experience. Stepping Stones is my absolute favorite thrift shop to visit!

1 Molly47

Client Served

Rating: 5

The clerks are always super friendly. The store is always neat and well organized so I can either enjoy shopping leisurely or go in to find what I need and get out quickly if I'm in a hurry. You can't beat the deals!

1 Sarah318

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Stepping Stones is a FABULOUS Place! We start all of our shopping for school, special times, holidays, birthdays, home decorating, crafts, yard items, etc. at Stepping stones! We are spoiled with their coffee and have a hard time drinking anything else! We support them 150% as I, especially, and so glad that this group is here as I was in a very abusive marriage and I didn't have access to any place like this and I jumped on a 18 wheeler with a friend to get out of the situation, leaving my best job ever to just get away. Thank you!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Stepping Stones Agencies is an amazing organization! They have an awesome Coffee Shop in Prescott Valley, with great coffee, nice atmosphere, and the greatest thing is all the money goes to help their women and children shelter. I can't even feel guilty about going for coffee every day when I'm supporting such an amazing cause.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was concerned about my daughter's safety because of a relationship she was in. I called Stepping Stones and the advocate listened to me and shared about the resources that I can share with her. I'm grateful to know they are always here to help.

Donor

Rating: 5

I love the work that Stepping Stones does in this community, and couldn't imagine a better place to donate to and support. The organization provides much needed support for women who are looking for a safe place to escape violence, heal, and grow. I'm amazed at the knowledge of their advocates and the amazing resources that they provide 24 hours a day on their hotline. I donate items to their thrift stores and love that all the proceeds stay local!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am unemployed and Stepping Stones gracefully provided me with interview outfits at one of their thrift stores. I am grateful that they were so kind as to help me out so that I can be successful.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Stepping Stones Agencies educates and empowers women and children involved with Domestic Violence. They truly change lives. I have been a Social Worker for over 15 years and work with most of the non-profit organizations in my area. Stepping Stones goes above and beyond to assist my clients in need. In addition, they are community focused providing job opportunities and training through their social enterprises. Great coffee shop and thrift stores!! Go shop with them where you know your money goes to a terrific cause.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I interned at the Stepping Stones shelter and was surprised at the variety of services they provide to the women and children who live there. Their approach and focus empowers the residents to begin the healing process and change their lives. I was unaware that Stepping Stones also offers services to individuals who have a safe place to live, but still need guidance and support. The coffee shop is my favorite coffee location! It is warm, friendly, and everything tastes great! The breakfast sandwiches are especially yummy. Most of all though, I know that all of the proceeds go to support the shelter.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was an intern at Stepping Stones shelter and I got to learn so much from the staff and residents there. The staff really works on helping the residents learn to love themselves and how to set goals and achieve so they can have a better life. Being there also helped me to understand so much about the dynamics of domestic violence. I learned to identify domestic violence and the events that happened around me when I was growing up was actually domestic violence.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been a customer of Stepping Stones for many years. I love that they support our local community. They have helped a couple of acquaintances of mine. One with clothing. The other, they helped with shelter. They are awesome. I like also that they have the gratitude program - that helps me save a lot of money on my tight budget. The thrift store staff is always so friendly. And when I do splurge - I go to the coffeeshop and treat my self to a peppermint latte - it is soooo good.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Stepping Stones has an extremely caring and thoughtful staff. They take great pride in their work, employees and especially the volunteers and the people they help. Stepping Stones will always make the extra effort to do the best they can to help women and children in need. The coffee shop and thrift stores in both Prescott and in Prescott Valley help to provide funds for this much needed service. The thrift stores are also an ideal way to provide the essentials of everyday life to those Stepping Stones serves. I really admire the way the organization is set up and I appreciate the people who make it work. I'm proud to be part of such a worthwhile effort, all of which is made possible in large part by generous public donations. It's truly amazing!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My cousin was living with us with her 2 kids and she was petrified of her boyfriend who tried to choke her. So were we and the police couldn't find him. One night she thought her boyfriend was outside spying on her and she freaked out. It scared my kids and hers and I said that is enough and told her to call Stepping Stones. At 1 am, a woman actually answered the phone and talked with my cousin for over 1/2 hour. My cousin went into Stepping Stones with her two kids the next morning at 7am. That was 3 weeks ago and she is a different person. That night Stepping Stones really helped two families get their lives back.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I bought my wedding dress at their clothing resale store - it was in great condition and I was so thrilled to pay a tenth of what I would have if it were new. I'm def a thrift shopper, but I like Stepping Stone because they have good prices AND they help people locally. If I donate, I always give to Stepping Stone!

3 Sherry63

Donor

Rating: 5

We love Stepping Stone's for the work they do and the services they provide. We make donations several times a year and we shop there every week, sometimes more often. I have been very ill for over s year now and enjoy reading spiritual books. They have a great collection and the prices are amazing, especially on half price days. I continue to loose weight, so for me it is a great place to purchase clothes that fit. Congratulations on your # 1 status. It is well deserved!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Stepping Stones advocates saved my daughters life. The advocates were very kind and empathetic to the abuse my daughter was living with, but also fiercely honest with my daughter about the things she had to own about her own self. Finally, someone gave her the dignity of not treating her like a victim. My husband and I were at wits end.............really, Stepping Stones advocates helped her to save herself. Our family cannot thank you enough.
Janice S. - Prescott AZ

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am doing all of my Halloween costume shopping at Stepping Stones Thrift stores. Last year I won a contest for the Lucy Ricardo outfit I put together from their store in Prescott Valley. The prices are great and I know my purchase helps a great cause.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Stepping Stones Agencies!!
They have an unparalleled dedication to educating and empowering women and children of Domestic Violence (35 years), as well as a high social consciousness for our community. No other nonprofit has the level of expertise to assist in lasting change for the clients they serve.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Stepping Stones is absolutely FANTASTIC! I enjoy shopping at their thrift stores and the coffee from Step One is simply the best. On top of all that, all the proceeds from my purchases help support their women and children shelter!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My kids and I were sitting in back of a PV Police car and scared to death. At 2am Stepping Stones took me in and the advocate helped put my kids to bed and stayed up with me all night. PV Police and Stepping Stones probably saved my life.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Having Know the CEO of Stepping Stones for many years, when I lost my job of 30+ years due to downsizing and also having my husband pass away at the same time, Stepping Stones was there for me with a job and moral support. I have a new family in my co-workers and made many new friends as well. As with many of the ladies who go thru the shelter experience, I am grateful for Stepping Stones!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization gave my husband a job when he got out of jail when no one else would help us. They believe in second chances and they actually put people to work. I got to know a few women who were living in their shelter and also were in their job training program. Everyone had great things to say. Stepping Stones helped us get out lives back on track and I will never be able to thank them enough.
Ginger and Ron B.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Stepping Stones helped me and my daughter get away from abuse and start our lives over. I have a job now and support us by myself. the biggest thing they did was help with my court case and help me get enrolled at West Yavapai Guidance for counceling and therapy. It changed my life and helped me deal with the ptsd from years of abuse. my daughter will also never experience the trauma and violence that I did growing up. We are free and safe and I owe so much to them. if anyone needs help, I encourage them to call anytime day or night, they are always there.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Stepping Stones is an amazing organization I am happy to have in our community. They have have been around for years helping families in need in our area.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization and the more I learn about them the more blown away I am. They have the nicest coffee shop in Prescott Valley with the lowest prices, Their meeting rooms are spacious and equipped with technology. And unlike Goodwill, all of the proceeds from their stores go back into the community. Their staff is friendly and helpful. AND they have the best deals on books anywhere, hands down! Which, to me, is like the virtue to end all virtues. But all of this pales in comparison to the incredible things they're doing for the women and children in our community, which is astounding in and of itself. I will support this organization in anyway I can because I believe in what they do. In fact, I'm going to go get an iced mocha right now!

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Former staff

Rating: 5

Fantastic Organization! They have a coffee house, thrift stores, a book store and large meeting rooms - all supporting the empowerment of women and providing a safe place for them and their children. They do a great job over there!