Everyone has a place to call home.

Empower. Respect. Collaborate. Steward.


Stepping Stone’s Response to What is Happening in our 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.


Even though our doors are open, we’ve put in a few precautions to keep our staff and residents safe during this time.
  • Effective immediately, staff, residents, and essential workers who assist residents are the only individuals allowed into the shelter. We will be discontinuing all volunteer opportunities, group activities, and tours of Stepping Stone at least until May 18.
  • Real Stories/One Stage is rescheduled to 5:30pm on Wednesday, May 27. It will be a virtual event.
  • Conversations are being had and plans are being made when (not if) the COVID-19 virus comes to Stepping Stone.

What Can you Do?

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

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.

Real Stories | One Stage

Our May 27 performance of Real Stories|One Stage was truly remarkable! If you missed it, click the button below to replay. It was put together and presented with so much compassion, respect, and thoughtfulness. The drive to end homelessness continues and we need your help.

Watch the performance and if you are able, please donate. We’re almost to our goal, and every size gift helps!

Replay of Real Stories|One Stage 2020

To donate, text STORIES to 41444, or click the button below. Thank you!

Donate to Real Stories|One Stage
Executive Director Shelter Updates

Julie Jeppson, Executive Director

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