Waddle Off Your Gobble this Thanksgiving weekend by participating in a community-led virtual walk to raise funds for Stepping Stone!

All The Waddling Details
Donate Now So “Everyone Has a Place to Call Home”
COVID Crisis Hotel Cost Fundraiser

We need your help! For three weeks, COVID has come on like a tsunami at the shelter. We’ve take emergency measures and moved all our residents to a nearby hotel which is costing us over $80,000 a month. You can help by donating and/or fundraising for us. Click the button to the left to donate and/or start you’re own fundraising campaign to help us reach our goal. More details on our blog.

Are you an 18 year old or older, single adult experiencing homelessness and need shelter? Call us at 763-323-7006 or visit our “How to Get Help” page.

How to Get Help

THANK YOU Coon Rapids CDJR Give Back Holiday Fundraiser

Thank you employees of Coon Rapids Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM for participating in their Give Back Holiday Fundraiser. The money they raised will be used to purchase the Thanksgiving meal for our 66 residents. A special thank you to the dealership and to GM Dave Hefko for both matching the employee donations!! We depend on the generosity of our community, especially during the holidays.

Coon Rapids CDJR Give Back Donation Link

Keep in Step with Stepping Stone

Shelter Updates

  • Financial One helps Stepping Stone with donations of much-needed winter gear for our residents and you can help. Winter Donation Drive details.
  • Fridley Lions generously donated $15,000 to help with our recent COVID crises needs and are now one of our Keystone Sponsors!
  • Ten volunteers came on a Saturday to use their muscles to help clean up the shelter. We are so thankful to all that helped. Full story here.
  • COVID-19 Hits the Shelter: We’ve had a very exhausting and overwhelming fall. In early October, we had residents and staff test positive for COVID and knew we needed to do something quickly to social distance. Read and learn more from Julie Jeppson, Stepping Stone’s Executive Director.
  • We recently hired two new key staff: Jennifer Horton, Program Director, and Stephanie Plaster, Shelter Team Manager. Welcome Jennifer and Steph to the Stepping Stone Team! Click on their names to meet these amazing women.
  • NorthMetro TV comes to the shelter and talks with Executive Director Julie Jeppson on COVID-19 costs and challenges (below).

The Holidays are Coming to Stepping Stone!

The holidays are just around the corner! Each year, we reach out to our community and ask you to help us make this an extra special time at Stepping Stone. For most of our residents, this will be the only Thanksgiving, Christmas, or holiday celebration they will have. Use the button below to see ways you can help bring joy to our residents this holiday season.

Holiday Giving

“[Stepping Stone is] one of the best positioned shelters in the state due to actions taken and relationships made right away. Things may happen, but they were unpreventable.”

-Blaire Harrison, MN Department of Health Liaison Officer for the COVID-19 Homeless and Sheltered Response

Our Response to What is Happening in the World Right Now:

As Stepping Stone, we stand on our four pillars of empower, respect, collaborate, and steward. It’s not enough that they are on our web site and printed on a sign. We need to step up and prove that these words have power and purpose, providing us with a compass on how to live our lives, at work, at home, and in our communities.

In response to what’s happening right now, we are:

  • Empowering staff and residents by providing a safe space to voice thoughts, feelings, and emotions without fear of saying the wrong thing, because saying nothing is worse.
  • Respecting each other to intentionally improve upon our communication, actions, and responses to racial issues, tension, and confrontation.
  • Collaborating with those who have lived experiences of homelessness and racial oppression, both staff and residents, to ensure that our communications, actions, and responses are productive and necessary.
  • Being good stewards by looking after, managing, and ensuring that all residents receive the support, resources, and opportunities they need.

We continue to work hard for those who are experiencing homelessness, regardless of color, shade, blemish, and brokenness.

What Can you Do?

Click:  Donate A Meal

Immediate Needs for the Kitchen:

  • Saltines
  • Ritz crackers or generic
  • Bulk bags of potato chips
  • Coffee grounds – regular only
  • Nacho/tortilla chips
  • Fresh apples, oranges, bananas and pears
  • Canned fruit

Immediate Needs for Residents:

  • Bath towels, new or gently used
  •  Unisex/men/women
    • Jackets-URGENT NEED for sizes XXL and XXXL
    • Gloves
    • Hats
    • Scarves
    • Boots
  • New or gently used:
    • XL twin sheets
    • Blankets/bedding
    • Kitchen utensils (for residents who are moving out)
  • Ethnic hair care products (full size)
  • Foot powder
  • Slippers-both men and women in a variety of sizes

Keep up-to-date with Stepping Stone! Fill out the form below to be included in our weekly updates and special notices.

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When the risk of COVID-19 has decreased, please continue to remember Stepping Stone and our year round efforts:

Everyone has a place to call home.    Empower. Respect. Collaborate. Steward.

A Homeless Shelter Working To End Homelessness

Stepping Stone Emergency Housing is a one-of-a-kind shelter that’s working to break the cycle of homelessness.

We’re more than “just” a place to sleep for the night. We’re a temporary, but short-term home for 66 men and women ages 18+. That means we’re here 24/7 with a bed to call your own, three meals a day, plus laundry and showers.

But that’s not all — and here’s what really makes Stepping Stone unique.

We work with residents one-on-one to create an individualized plan to help them move from homelessness to self-sufficiency. We provide a variety of on-site supports — from classes on topics like financial literacy and job interview skills to weekly medical appointments and more — to help residents take steps toward independence with dignity and compassion.

Stepping Stone is the only homeless shelter serving youth and adults in the five-county area of Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Scott and Washington counties.  Learn more about how to Get Involved or How to Get Help.

 2022 Real Stories | One Stage 
Friday, March 25, 5:30pm-8:30pm

We are back at Bunker Hills on Friday, March 25, for the 2022 Real Stories | One Stage Live and In Person event! We can’t wait to work once again with Illusion Theater to create a brand new performance, starring both professional actors and Stepping Stone residents. You won’t want to miss this, so mark your calendar now and save the date!

View 2021’s powerful performance of real stories of those experiencing homelessness, or if you joined us, watch it again. Hit the button below to view.

2021 Real Stories | One Stage
Thank You Keystone Sponsors!

Donate with confidence, knowing that Stepping Stone has met the Charities Review Council’s stringent standards for excellence in nonprofit management.

Stepping Stone Emergency Housing is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization. One hundred percent of your donation is tax deductible. Upon receiving your donation, we will send you a letter which will serve as your receipt.  Tax ID# 20-3226868


“We may not be able to repair what does not want to be fixed, but we can cause a breakthrough, an opening for more compassion, understanding, and change.” 

Michelle, former Stepping Stone resident

Our Mission

To provide emergency shelter and critical support services to individuals 18 and older experiencing homelessness while striving toward self-sufficiency.

Our Vision

Everyone has a place to call home.


Our Guiding Principles & Values

-Empower individuals to change their lives

-Treat each resident with dignity and respect

-Collaborate with partners in providing services

-Ensure strong stewardship in managing resources