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 2016 Outcomes (January-December)
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.
- 100% know how to access short and long-term resources that meet their emotional and safety needs.
- 100% 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.
- 100% 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.
- 100% 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:
- 100% of women and their children still live in safe and affordable housing.
- 100% have maintained contact with their established supportive community fellowships and service linkages.
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 2,000 calls for assistance in 2016
- Nearly 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:
- 1,562 12-Step recovery meetings hosted in the Step One Community Center
- The meeting rooms were used for an average of 68 hours each week…
- for an average of 10 hours each day
- 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 $6,200 of free clothing to over 200 area residents that were referred by social service and employment agencies for emergency clothing needs.