I read about Steps 4 Life in 2017 in a local newspaper. The paper discussed how the program was working alongside the Redlands Police Department to help place the homeless in transitional housing. I invited Cynthia McGuigan, the director, to speak to a church committee that I co-chaired. Her personal story was riveting. The history of Steps 4 Life was inspiring. Cynthia and her clients have been such a positive influence on the community of Redlands. Not only have the clients become productive members of society, but they volunteer for city events, art fairs, and a community garden. I have since joined the board and feel so proud to be a part of this organization.
It was only about three years ago that I became aware of Cynthia McGuigan and steps for life. Before that, I had no idea that there were six homes in Redlands that were changing people’s lives in remarkable ways. Since then, I have visited all the homes with Cindy and met many of the amazing folks and heard their stories. I remember spending some time with an incredible man who was growing flowers, tending them in their containers all over a backyard deck. He loved those flowers! And they clearly loved him. The gentleness and compassion in him shone like the sun. That’s what Steps4Life brought out from him, his deepest best self!
Steps 4 Life has transformed so many lives in our community for the better. Individuals who once were hopeless have found purpose and are now positively contributing to society. I am proud to assist this nonprofit in their mission to rehabilitate those in need.
Steps 4 Life helped me get my son back.and bettered our relationship. We are on much better path now and thriving thanks to all that I've learned through this program.
Steps 4 Life runs five group homes in the San Bernardino/Redlands area that service women and children, veterans and other people who struggle with homelessness and other issues. Steps 4 Life offers the follow programs for its clients
1) Parents With Children (PWC)
2) Save Our Veterans (SOV)
3) Recidivism Prevention (RP)
4) Employment Readiness (ER)
5) Personal Development (PD)
Steps 4 Life also partners with other civic organizations in the area to provide additional services for its clients. These includes the Rotary Club, Burrage Mansion, Building a Generation, The Family Service Association of Redlands, The City of Redlands and San Bernardino and others.
I have personally seen the impact that Steps 4 Life has had in peoples lives. This includes my own son. Steps 4 Life has helped many people change their lives and achieve self-sufficiency. It is an amazing program.
I was desperate and hopeless. I was introduced to a lady named Cynthia M. She took me to her program and showed me my room. I was greeted with much love and for the first time felt safe. It has been eight years later and I am still actively involved with the program. Steps 4 life gave me my life back.