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“When I met Step Up I’d lost so much I just didn’t believe it would get any better…They helped me start trusting again.” - Dewey
“I understand why people end up on the streets, but even the storm runs out of rain. Nothing is permanent, no matter what it may feel like.” U.S. Army Veteran Alberto tells his story.
Michelle experienced homelessness in a Victorville park while struggling with methamphetamine addiction. She is now employed at Costco and housed in San Bernardino with the help of Step Up’s services, “It felt amazing to hear people telling me I’m getting better and stepping up to a better level in life!”
“The workforce development team is incredible, every last individual that I’ve met and came across. They know how to get things done in an effective way. They are doers and I’m a doer. They have been so motivating and uplifting, really mentoring me. I really feel like I belong here.”
"After I found Step Up I started focusing on my education. I met Emma and Christina at Step Up, the way they helped me was so generous and sweet..."
New Step Up members Cheryl and Billy Ray say that they’ve found peace and a second chance to pursue their goals after moving into their unit at the All-Star Lodge in San Bernardino
“I’m in debt to the program, beyond all belief. None of this would be possible without them. College, anything, my children. I owe them everything.” Jesse was photographed in Hollywood near his apartment where he lives with his wife and two children.
On January 19th, NBC news aired a story featuring Step Up CEO and President Tod Lipka and Step Up member Sunnie. The story profiles Sunnie as she discusses her journey from experiencing
We interviewed Step Up Program Manager Julius Mills-Denti to better understand how our teams approach providing supportive services during the move in process at Step Up in Salinas.
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Step Up community partner Village for Vets is a dedicated nonprofit organization that fills gaps in critical services for homeless and at-risk veterans in greater Los Angeles. The non-profit offers four types of services to veterans: meals, emergency financial assistance, social support and basic needs.
The Specialty Family Foundation has been a generous supporter of Step Up since 2010. We interviewed the Specialty Family Foundation’s Grants Manager, Tiann Ortiz, about the homeless epidemic, the grant process, and community collaboration.