What is Stepping Stones?
In 1980, Stepping Stones opened its doors as Northern Arizona’s first shelter for women and their children. We provide a blend of therapeutic & advocacy responses to women and their children seeking help from many forms of abuse, victimization and homelessness.
We provide the following services to women and children in West Yavapai County:
- 24/7 live HelpLine
- 24/7 emergency shelter and advocacy programs
- Transitional housing
- Safety, resiliency, and self-sufficiency planning
- Educational and support groups: 1-to-1 advocacy and psycho-educational groups
- Job training
- Specialized and strategic guidance from highly-trained advocates
All of these resources are supported by our generous community partners, donors, volunteers and the Stepping Stones Social Enterprise Projects.
Brief Overview of 2014 Outcomes (January-October)
Women anonymously report the following on their program completion surveys:
- 98% of women reported having an increased knowledge of domestic violence and its effect on their lives.
- 97% know how to access short and long-term resources that meet their emotional and safety needs.
- 98% know how to plan for continued safety.
- 100% have an increased knowledge and understanding of violence, abuse and neglect’s effect on a child’s life.
- 98% of women reported their children have acquired the skills and have practical working knowledge of how to keep themselves safe and utilize a safety plan.
- 95% say their children demonstrate improved emotional/behavioral status from the time they came in to the completion of the program.
30-Day follow-up surveys reveal:
- 98% of women and their children still live in safe and affordable housing.
- 92% have maintained contact with their established supportive community fellowships and service linkages.
- 96% report this economically, physically and socially safe and stabilized environment has had a profound positive impact on their relationship with their children and their children’s overall well-being.
For more information on how we collect our data, please call Robin at 928.772.4184.
You can access Stepping Stones Agencies Mission and Value Statements here.
- The 24/7 Helpline took over 3,000 calls for assistance
- Almost 200 women and children stayed in the emergency shelter and transitional housing program
- 98% of the women exiting our programs report not returning to their abusive partners
- 100% of children over age 3 completed an individualized safety plan
Step One Community Center Overview:
- 1,776 12-Step recovery meetings hosted in the Step One Community Center
- 32 community training programs and
- 425 community civic or social organization functions
- The Specialty Bookstore sold more than 6,000 12-Step recovery medallions and
- 3,000 books, workbooks, cards and gifts
- 1,800+ people utilized information from our Wall of Resources
Stepping Stones Thrift Program Overview:
- The Thrift Store generated much needed funding for our 24/7 support services and Employment Enhancement Opportunities Program
- 23 people participated in the E.E.O.P. at our thrift stores
- Stepping Stones Clothing Outlet provided more than $7,000 of free clothing to over 200 area residents that were referred by social service and employment agencies for emergency clothing needs.