Stepping Stones
Food. Shelter. Support. Since 1986.

Winter Haven — Ways to Help

VOLUNTEER & SPREAD THE WORD!! Winter Haven season will be here soon and we need your help! The shelter can sleep up to 10 people. There are 2 volunteer shifts per night and 2 volunteers are needed for each shift— 7:30 pm – 1:30 am & 1:30 am – 7:30 am. Duties include checking guests in, serving coffee & snacks, ensuring everyone is settled for the night and awakened in the morning, setting out breakfast foods, and tidying up.

Training Session Options for NEW Volunteers:
Thurs, Nov 8, 6-7 pm
Sat, Nov 10, 10-11 am
Tues, Nov 13, 6-7 pm

Update Session for RETURNING Volunteers: 
Thurs, Oct 23rd, 6 – 7 p m
Please contact Stepping Stones’ Volunteer Coordinator Jill Seicther to register and indicate which session you’ll attend: 715.235.2920, We also need help spreading the word about the need for volunteers. Please tell your friends, family, colleagues, church groups, civic organizations, etc. If there are no volunteers to take a shift the shelter must close and we don’t want that! Volunteers must be 18 or older.

All trainings are held at Winter Haven at 1518 Stout Rd. next to Stepping Stones.


Get your Discount Cards in the office or online!

The Stepping Stones Discount Cards for 2018 – 2019 have arrived and they are better than ever! Use these cards for discounts until August 31, 2019.

Enjoy great savings at:

Advance Auto, Circle C, Dairy Queen, Denny’s, Erbert and Gerbert’s, Exit 45 Restaurant, Log Jam Bar & Grill, Marion’s Legacy, Silver Dollar Bar & Grill, Tabby’s Catfe, The Acoustic Cafe, The Duke & Dagger, The Raw Deal, Toppers Pizza, and Waterfront Restaurant.

Cards are only $10!! Click here to order online or stop by Stepping Stones at 1602 Stout Road to start taking advantage of your year of discounts today!


When you’re shopping online please use this Amazon Smile link to have 0.5% of your purchase donated directly to Stepping Stones!  It couldn’t be easier to support Stepping Stones and we will all be smiling.

Note:  You must use the above link or the Amazon Smile link on—using the mobile app does not give you the option to donate. 

Thank You For Your Support!

Serving Dunn County

Stepping Stones seeks to foster a community that prevents hunger, homelessness and
isolation throughout Dunn County through its three programs.


The Food Pantry provides food and personal care items to people in need and is currently averaging 1,500 visits per month. Stepping Stones also provides over 400 Project SAM weekend kids meal bags to children and youth at local schools each week.


The Stepping Stones Shelters provide emergency shelter, housing assistance, and referral services. Winter Haven operates November 15 through May 31. We are currently seeking volunteers for Winter Haven.



The Community Connections Program connects volunteers to people needing support services and provides direct assistance to people in emergency financial need as funds are available.

Statistically Speaking


Average visits to the Food Pantry per month in 2017. That’s an average of over 60 families per day, six days a week, nearly 80% of whom are living at or below poverty level and the rest very close.


Nights of shelter provided in 2017 at either one of the Stepping Stones Shelters or at a local motel for short-term stays when the shelters are full.


Individuals and families who received almost $30,000 in emergency financial assistance for rent, heat, electrical bills, fuel, clothing and other critical needs in 2017.


Volunteer hours contributed in 2017 to help make all of Stepping Stones’ programs and services possible.

Newsletter & Memorials Archives

Recent news and Memorial contributions

The Stepping Stones Newsletter is a vital communication tool that lets the community know about all of the great work that is done each quarter by Stepping Stones Volunteers, Board, and Staff. You can read the most current information on the Food Pantry including number of people served and many organizations that have donated. There is data about the Stepping Stones Shelters and those we have assisted. Community Connection volunteer support—both financial and direct aid—are detailed. And, of course, each issue includes the very popular Gifts & Memorials section.

Newsletter and Memorials Archives

In the archives, all of the issues for each year are assembled into one PDF volume for your reading pleasure.  It’s a great way to get a sense of the enduring work and mission of Stepping Stones!

Every Dollar is Worth Ten

1 in 9 people in Western Wisconsin are food insecure. For children, the rate is 1 in 5.
With every dollar you donate, we are able to buy
TEN DOLLARS worth of food at the food bank.

Your dollar makes a tenfold difference at Stepping Stones!

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