Numbers Tell the story
Approximately 1,000,000 pounds of food were distributed in 2017. The average number of visits per month was 1,500. This is an average of over 60 families per day, six days a week. Almost 5,000 Dunn County residents were served by the pantry. 80% of families are living at or below poverty level and the remaining 20% are very close. Over 400 school children and youth received Project SAM (Share A Meal) bags through 10 local schools so they would be sure to have food on the weekend when school meals are not available. Approximately 200 seniors received monthly or bi-monthly supplemental food boxes. Remote pantries were established in 3 rural Dunn County communities.
Stepping Stones Shelter
In 2017, 223 people received shelter either at the Stepping Stones Shelter on So. Broadway, at Winter Haven, or at a local motel for short-term stays when the shelters were full. A total of 5,083 nights of shelter were provided (# of people x # of nights). 44 families received assistance with their first month’s rent or a security deposit when they were able to move into permanent housing. An additional 409 people received assistance with other housing related needs such as locating affordable housing, completing applications and writing appeals.
Community Connections Program
106 people were assisted with supportive services by volunteers such as transportation, small home repairs, and yard work. 492 individuals and families received almost $30,000 (total) in emergency financial assistance to help with expenses such as rent, heat, electrical bills, fuel, and clothing. 1,295 people were referred to other programs and community services for things such as Energy Assistance, Food Share, and medical appointment mileage reimbursement. 17,401 volunteer hours were contributed by community members to help make all of Stepping Stones’ programs and services possible.
Stepping Stones offers a ‘hand up’ not a ‘hand out.’