Our Stepping Stones shelter (formerly known as Faith House) was the first rural shelter in the United States. It started with an idea in the 70’s when there were no resources for women dealing with abuse.

In 1980, the shelter opened with a simple goal: to support those victims of domestic violence and other forms of abuse. As you can imagine, our services (like safe shelter) are very much needed, but over time we realized there was always one question being asked… “How do we continue keeping our services available to local families 24/7/365?”

Our team started brainstorming ideas and came up with a few ways the community can contribute and help support those families. Our ideas included Step One Weiners, Step One Coffee House, all the way to our most well-known Stepping Stones Thrift Stores.

And just like when a stone hits water, a rippling effect is made. It is because of you, these ideas succeeded and helped make a positive impact in others lives. We are grateful that you helped make these services possible for 40 years! Thank you for shopping, donating, and supporting local!


Check out a few photos from some of our ideas over the years!

Recovery Bookstore (2006)

Step One Coffee House (2010)

Step One Weiners (2004)

Step One Community Center (2003)

Step One Thrift (1997)