Winter Haven desperately needs volunteers!       

For the eighth year in a row, Winter Haven in Menomonie has provided overnight shelter for homeless adults thanks to the participation of hundreds of Dunn County resident and college student volunteers.  But to keep the doors open until the end of the cold-weather season this year, we are really struggling to rally enough volunteers to operate the shelter.

Located at 1518 Stout Road next to Stepping Stones, Winter Haven is open until March 31st to provide a safe, warm place for adults age 18 and over to sleep overnight along with food, showers and laundry facilities. Two shifts run from 7:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. or 1:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Each shift requires two trained volunteers to ensure the shelter can be open.

Here’s how to volunteer: To schedule a 1-hour training for a group, or for one-on-one training, contact Jill Seichter, or call 715-235-2920. You’ll be glad you did. It means so very much to Winter Haven’s guests to have such positive support from the community!

Can’t volunteer? Here are other ways to help those in need stay warm!

  • Donate personal care items, cleaning supplies, coffee, restaurant coupons, gas cards and bus tokens
  • Or send a financial donation by making a check out to Stepping Stones of Dunn County and sending it to: Winter Haven, Stepping Stones of Dunn County, 1602 Stout Road, Menomonie, WI 54751.

Any other questions? Feel free to contact Heidi Hooten, Stepping Stones Shelter Coordinator

Become a 2020 Empty Bowls sponsor today!

On Saturday, March 28, the doors of the Menomonie High School Commons will open at 11 a.m. for Empty Bowls 2020. Individuals and families alike have made this popular fundraiser a long-standing annual tradition as they enjoy a bowl of delicious soup accompanied by fresh-baked bread and desserts while they listen to local musicians and visit with friends. The event features unique, hand-crafted bowls, a silent auction, children’s activities and more.

Here’s your opportunity to show your support by becoming an Empty Bowls sponsor. Click here for all the details. Or go directly to our easy-to-use Empty Bowls Sponsorship link! 


Other ways to contribute to the success of Empty Bowls 2020!

  • Bowl Painting: Organize an after-school or evening event for youth or adult groups to have some creative fun by glazing bowls for our inventory. 
  • Bake an Extra Dozen: Calling all home bakers to make some extra chocolate chip cookies, pumpkin bars or other treats when you’re baking a batch. Just pop them in the freezer and drop them off at Stepping Stones the week before Empty Bowls.
  • Make a Batch of Soup: We can make arrangements for your group to whip up big pots at an approved kitchen. Soup will be frozen and stored for us until the event.
  • Ask your Youth Group to Make Place Mats: Coloring place mats is a great activity for younger kids to get involved — and helps to make our table setting look extra special on the big day.
  • Join our Empty Bowls Committee: We welcome help with the planning, promotion and organization of our event.
  • Plan to Attend Empty Bowls on March 28th and help us support your neighbors in need!

Contact Kris Pawlowski at to learn more!


Discount Cards are now half price!

Only $5 for discounts at 15 area organizations and valid from now until August 31, 2020. Most are for 10 to 20 percent off all purchases!

Enjoy savings at these great locations: Marion’s Legacy, La Dee Dah, Cancun Restaurant, Log Jam Bar & Grill, Dairy Queen, Acoustic Cafe, The Duke & Dagger, Erbert and Gerbert’s, Tabby’s Catfe, Denny’s, The Raw Deal, Toppers Pizza, Advance Auto, Exit 45 Restaurant, and Waterfront Restaurant.

Click Here to order online. Or stop by Stepping Stones at 1602 Stout Road, Menomonie and pick your cards up in person.


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 over 1,400 visits per month. Stepping Stones also provides almost 450 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 2018. That’s an average of almost 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 2018 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 2018.


Volunteer hours contributed in 2018 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’s done each quarter by Stepping Stones’ volunteers, board, and staff. You can read about what’s happening with Stepping Stones’ programs, current events, ways to help, and other news and updates.  The Gifts & Memorials insert is also included.

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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