STEPPING STONES IS CREATING a safe and enriching space to transform the lives of young people in our valley.
HOW WE IMPACT OUR COMMUNITY
Adolescence can be one of the most difficult and challenging phases of life. Every day youth face choices about education, relationships, identity, drugs and alcohol. These pressures lead many youth to feel isolated and in need of guidance that is not easily found.
Stepping Stones provides a safe place where young people can go to get the support and guidance they need.
We operate two adjacent youth facilities within walking distance of Carbondale schools. We meet the needs of youth and families by providing:
Nightly home-cooked dinners
Access to counselors
Job readiness training & job placement
Experiential learning to build resilience
Shower and laundry facilities
CHECK OUT OUR REMODEL PLANS
Our new facility will include a wellness center to improve youth’s social, emotional, mental, and physical health, and a large kitchen, capable of preparing hot meals to nourish all our participants.
We are renovating our 5,000 square foot commercial building in Carbondale and our 2,500 square foot adjacent house. This will create an integrated space designed specifically for our youth.
In 2019, we served 239 youth and provided over 6,000 meals.
"EVERY CHILD, GIVEN THE RIGHT TOOLS, CAN AND WILL SUCCEED."
- FOUNDER & BOARD PRESIDENT KRISTIN NELSON
In 2014, an extraordinary person with deep understanding and compassion for children stepped forward and donated the use of a house in Carbondale. This became Stepping Stones' first center. Through partnership with families and schools, we created a place for teens to go in the afternoon and evenings to connect with positive adult role models. As the need for our services grew, we extended our programming to middle schoolers in 2018. Thanks to the generosity and loyalty of a few valued donors we grew our resources to serve this younger population by acquiring commercial space next to our teen house.
As our program has grown, our dream has grown as well. With thoughtful planning and input from stakeholders, we are upgrading and integrating our two Carbondale facilities. This will allow us to increase our capacity and functionality to empower young people for years to come.
"Stepping Stones has supported my family and I through hard times. Had it not been for the amazing staff, my family would be homeless."
- Mary, Parent
"Stepping Stones has changed my son's life. Their program and staff has made my son strong and independent."
- Carlos, Parent
"I have been going to Stepping Stones for 4 years and everyone at Stepping Stones has become my family. They have been there for me through good and bad times. I know I can always go to them and they will listen with no judgement."
- David, Participant
Young Adult Program