Stepping Stones
Food. Shelter. Support. Since 1986.

A most special
‘Night to Remember’

Local musicians unite to make the season bright  for Stepping Stones

Be sure to mark this one on your calendar! The Sue Orfield Band — featuring Sue Orfield on tenor sax, Mike Schlenker on guitar, Randy Sinz on bass, and Dave Schrader on drums — will be teaming up with Emilie Menz’s powerful, soulful vocals underscored by Jon Menz’s artistry on the piano to celebrate the spirit of Christmas giving.

Special guest John Lynch will join the group onstage at the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts to sing a few Christmas melodies as well.

Choose from two concerts on Saturday, Dec. 22 — one at 4 p.m. and a second at 7:30 p.m. — to raise awareness about homelessness and poverty in the Menomonie area, with proceeds going to benefit Stepping Stones. Tickets are $20-$25, available at

The event is sponsored by Cedarbrook Church, Mood Boutique, Explore Menomonie, Zanzibar Restaurant. Celebrate the sounds of the season, with a few old chestnuts and some new arrangements in an evening that promises to be beautiful and bold, entertaining and joyful!

the gift that keeps on giving 

Better than ever — and good through August 31, 2019, the new Stepping Stones Discount Cards  make an ideal gift for those hard-to-buy-for folks on your Christmas list while supporting a great cause. Cards are only $10!! Click here to order online or stop by Stepping Stones at 1602 Stout Road today!

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.


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. 


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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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