When there were no family shelters in Montgomery County, an interfaith group purchased a historic farmhouse, which became Stepping Stones Shelter. Today, it offers a full continuum of services: emergency shelter, food and clothing, educational programs (including tutoring for children so that they donít fall behind), and permanent supportive housing for adults living with disabilities (and their children). Once families move on to stable housing, a post-shelter support program offers employment counseling and referrals to help ensure that families remain housed. Last year, Stepping Stones served 32 families in the shelter, provided post-shelter support to 50, case management for six families in permanent supportive housing, and took in 32 new families in crisis Ė 93% of whom left with an income and a stable place to live. More than a stepping stone, your support means a new future for neighbors in need.
Remaining fully operational throughout the pandemic, Stepping Stones has provided critical emergency shelter, food, and services to Montgomery County homeless families. While chipping away at barriers to stable housing, it has continued to help pay down eviction debt, expunge outdated criminal records, address credit issues, and more. As a result, within 90 days most families have been able to transition into homes they can call their own.