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.

COVID-19 Update: 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 While chipping away at barriers to stable housing, it has continued to help pay down eviction debt, expunge outdated criminal records, address credit issues, and more.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.

Headquarters: MD-Montgomery County

Where They Operate: MD-Montgomery County

Age Groups Served: Infants (0-2); Pre-K (3-4); Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic; Other

Population(s) Served: Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members

  • Percent of families who move on to more stable housing:   84%
  • Percent of families who had income by the end of their shelter stay:   89%
  • Percent of families who created a budget while at the shelter:   92%
  • Percent of school aged children who attended tutoring while at the shelter:   94%
  • Percent of families who gained/maintained employment while at the shelter:   62%

Awards & Recognition

Rebuilding Together National Day of Service 9/2009
Bright Horizons Foundation Bright Spaces Project 10/2010
2 Board members and 2 Community Partners received Congressional Citations for their contributions to Stepping Stones and the community 10/2011
Total Wine award for one of ten Outstanding Montgomery County nonprofits 9/2015


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Budget (FY2015)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for Stepping Stones Shelter is: $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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