Sad to say …
For now, Stepping Stones is not able to accept donations of food, personal care and household items. This is partially in response to newer variants of COVID, but is also in line with other precautions that we have already been taking to keep our volunteers, staff and clients safe.
We are still gratefully accepting financial donations, including donations to the drop-box at our Stout road location or by clicking on the DONATE button above!
Hail … and farewell!
We extend a warm welcome and look forward to working with this quartet of new faces to the 2021 Stepping Stones’ board of directors. They bring with them such a valuable variety of experience and perspective.
Loren Barker is a retired Lutheran pastor. Tanya Bruder is an attorney with Nodolf Flory, LLP. Heidi Kotnour is a manufacturing manager with 3M in Menomonie. And Katie Kramschuster is a librarian at UW-Stout.
We also bid a fond farewell to the trio of board whose terms have expired. At the end of December, attorney Tim Eiden and retired teacher Jay Ivens completed six-year stints on the board, while Andy Felton served for three years. Each was featured as a Board Member of the Month on Stepping Stones’ Facebook page. Here’s what they had to report about their experience:
Tim Eiden: My time volunteering at Stepping Stones has been a wonderful lesson in how fulfilling and enjoyable service can be.
Jay Ivens: I enjoy seeing first-hand how the efforts of everyone involved directly impact our community.
Andy Felton: The mission of Stepping Stones – helping people reach their full potential – closely aligns with my goal as a mental health provider and as an educator.
We thank our outgoing board members for the wealth of skills, time and enthusiasm they so willing shared with Stepping Stones during their tenure.
What’s Happening at Stepping Stones in 2021!
Stepping Stones continues to be CLOSED to all Walk-Ins. Only staff & volunteers are permitted in the building. We thank you for your understanding.
The Food Pantry is OPEN 3 days a week for curbside pick-up of pre-packed boxes/bags. Anyone in need of food is welcome!
Hours have not changed, just days — Monday: 11 a.m.–2 p.m.; Wednesday: 3– 6 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. – Noon
IF YOU NEED OTHER HELP: If you need some other type of assistance or know someone who does (shelter, emergency financial assistance, etc.) please call or email us: 715.235.2920 firstname.lastname@example.org We will reply within one business day.
FINANCIAL DONATIONS: If you’d like to make an online donation, please click on the DONATE button above. You can also call us, and we can process a credit card over the phone; or mail your donation to: Stepping Stones, 1602 Stout Rd., Menomonie, WI 54751
Thank you for your support!
Stay Safe! Be Well!
Winter Haven remains closed for 2021
For the past nine years, Winter Haven at 1518 Stout Road was open as an overnight shelter from Nov. 15 through March 31 for homeless adults. Instead of an overnight shelter, it is currently being used as an apartment-style shelter for two households.
Faced with the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Stepping Stones had to make the difficult decision to change how we were serving homeless individuals to keep everyone safe. We have limited funding to put local individuals up in hotel rooms during colder nights. Depending on the weather and a marked increased in the number of individuals and households in need, however, we may not have enough funding to meet the demand.
Although there is a waiting list for both our Stout Road and South Broadway shelters, homeless households can contact Stepping Stones at 715-235-2920 or email@example.com for guidance if shelter is needed.
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 Amazon.com—using the mobile app does not give you the option to donate.