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36 years ago, several local churches sought a solution. 

Stepping Stones marked its 36th anniversary in 2022. The organization, originally called Interfaith Volunteers, began in 1986 when several local churches, concerned about the unmet needs of elderly residents in Dunn County, began what is now known as the Community Connections Program.  Volunteers were linked to seniors and people with disabilities to provide services which enabled them to live independently as long as possible. In 1994, community leaders began investigating the need for a homeless shelter.  This resulted in the opening of the first Stepping Stones Shelter, offering transitional and emergency shelter, case management, and housing referral services.  In 2014, in order to address increased need, we expanded the shelter program to an additional location so more people could be served. In 1996, the organization's third program, the Food Pantry, began to offer free food to low income households.  Initially, the pantry was located in the basement of the Broadway shelter as a compliment to services already provided there, but growing demand required successive moves to larger facilities. Since 2011 the pantry and Stepping Stones’ offices have been located at 1602 Stout Rd., Menomonie.  This space is over twice the size of the previous one and positions Stepping Stones to serve the community for many years to come.


What Guides Us

• All people have the right to nutritious food, adequate housing, and other needed support services.
• Sufficient resources exist in our community to provide supportive services and prevent hunger and homelessness.
• Stepping Stones advocates for the just and equitable sharing of resources.
• Stepping Stones is committed to the sustainable use of resources, including economic, environmental, and personal resources to assure their availability and abundance in the present and the future.

• Individuals reach their full potential, and achieve balance and wellness through connections to community.
• Stepping Stones’ services provide bridges to community, to stability, and to self-sufficiency.
• Community is fostered by nurturing inclusivity and diversity.

• The effectiveness, talent, and commitment of volunteers and staff are critical to the success of Stepping Stones’ mission.
• Staff must be equipped to accomplish their responsibilities, and provided with just compensation.
• Clients, volunteers, and staff cooperate to create a caring, respectful, trusting atmosphere and to engage in work that is mutually rewarding.
• Work and service spaces that are pleasant, well maintained, and suited to the needs of the service will best facilitate Stepping Stones’ mission.

Stepping Stones of Dunn County does not discriminate in employment matters or in providing its services by reason of a person’s age, race, creed, color, disability, marital status, family status, sex, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, arrest record, con-viction record, political affiliation, membership in the national guard, state defense force or any other reserve component of the military forces of the United States or this state.

Meet The Team

Board of Directors

President: Barbara Fagan, Asst. Corporation Counsel, Dunn County
Vice-President: Jerry Porter,
Retired Engineering Manager, 3M
Treasurer: George Brewe, Business Banker, Bremer Bank
Secretary: Nichole Manson,
Recovering Addict & Advocate for Sustainable Food Usage
Bev Deyo-Svendsen, Retired Academic Dept. Associate, UW-Stout

Maggie Fischer, Sr. Engagement Specialist-Vol. Serv., American Red Cross

Nina Koch, Retired Educator

Katie Kramschuster, Librarian, UW-Stout

Stacy Nelson, Director of Nutrition Services, Menomonie Area School District

Paul Schwartz, Rehabilitation engineer, Business owner

Rod Smeltzer, Retired Dunn County Circuit Court Judge

Wendy Slaback, Pastor, Menomonie United Methodist Church

Matt Swenson, IT Operations Supervisor, WESTconsin Credit Union

Rachael Taylor, Physician Assistant, Mayo Clinic Health Systems



Padraig Gallagher


Dana Neil

Assistant Director-Development & Public Relations

Phone ext. 211


Mai Nou Hang


Katlynn Pichler


Rochelle Weber

Shelter Program Assistant



Kris Pawlowski


Amanda Davis

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Autumn Metoxen

Community Connections Manager

Phone ext. 203


Jon Oakland


Angela Wolf

Interim Pantry Manager

Ext. 204


Henry Amberson


Patty Wright

Farmers Feed Dunn County Coordinator


Mike Racette

Farmers Feed Dunn County


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