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  • Stepping Stones is the place where you can SPEAK UP, SPEAK OUT. From a survivor who spoke out: “For years I spent so much time making my house look perfect, I volunteered for Soroptomists and I was even President for two years. I made sure my kids and I wore the right clothes, that I […]

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  • Here at Stepping Stones we know that every one of the women who have changed their lives, did so against all odds and these brave women need the encouragement and support to continue with the daunting work ahead. We started asking the women who have been through our program if they would leave behind words of […]

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  • Stepping Stones is the most amazing place.  Women and children come here because there is nowhere else for them to go.  No mom, sister, friend… anywhere.  No one grows up saying, “I hope I can live in a shelter when I grow up.”  But we are here for you 24/7/365 – regardless of age, race, […]

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  • “I don’t have near as much money as I had when I was with my husband. My kids and I are struggling financially. But waking up and going to bed each day in my own house without a drunk, verbally and physically abusive person in our lives anymore is worth the work of making it […]

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  • [This is a letter written by a former resident of our shelter for future women to inspire hope] Dearest Newcomer, Welcome to Stepping Stones. The moment you opened the front door here, you opened the door to your new life. You may feel nervous or unsure, but you are in a safe place. You will […]

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  • Have you ever heard this or maybe you have even said this about women in an abusive situation, “Why doesn’t she just leave?” What most people don’t realize is that’s like asking, “why don’t you jump off that 100-foot cliff?” What those of us who work on the front lines with women fleeing abusive situations […]

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  • In the helping professions, what you do and say, how you choose to live your own life, how you treat others – even the tiniest of things matter! This is a letter from a woman who was in Stepping Stones’ shelter, and we just got this letter from her after almost two years. This letter […]

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  • “The victim mindset dilutes the human potential. By not accepting personal responsibility for our circumstances, we greatly reduce our power to change them.” -Steve Maraboli Victim posture is when someone is “externally referenced”. That is to say someone who believes that their circumstances are dictated to them by external influence (i.e. my mom did this […]

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  • Once upon a time there were three little fears. The first little fear was named Fear of Abandonment. Poor little thing was overwhelmed with constant anxiety and doing anything to make people like him. He would never argue or assert himself because he believed conflict or anger equaled abandonment. He would spend money on buying […]

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  • CAVEAT – NONE OF THIS APPLIES TO ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIPS. That is a completely, absolutely, profoundly different situation and NOTHING here applies. If you are in an abusive situation, call the Stepping Stones helpline and debrief with one of our advocates. “I just need someone to give me a second chance. I have been clean and […]

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