In 1979, when there were no family shelters in Montgomery County, an interfaith group began taking in homeless individuals at a Gaithersburg townhouse. Soon after, they purchased a historic farmhouse, which became Stepping Stones Shelter. Today, the shelter offers a full continuum of services: emergency shelter, food and clothing, educational programs, and Permanent Supportive Housing for adults living with disabilities (and their children). Volunteers work closely with homeless children, offering free tutoring so that no one falls behind. Once families move on to stable housing, employment counseling and assistance with basic necessities like diapers, clothing, and school supplies helps ensure that they can continue to pay rent. Last year, Stepping Stones served 34 families in the shelter, provided post-shelter support to 50 families, case management to 8 families in permanent supportive housing, and took in 34 new families in crisis – 93% of whom left the shelter with an income and a stable place to live. More than a stepping stone, your support means a new future for neighbors in need.