Covid 19 and Stepping Stone

What we need today:  Food and Money.

Please see what and where to donate below.

These are uncharted waters for Stepping Stone.  Our staff is working on how to best navigate the impact of the pandemic on Stepping Stone residents and staff.

At the core of who we are, we can’t react like the rest of the world. As a staff and as an organization, we can’t hunker down, stay in our homes, and wait for this to pass. Now, more than ever, we cannot stop what we’re doing.

We have to stay open and available.  If we don’t stay open, what happens to our residents?

In my almost eight years of working at Stepping Stone, our waitlist has never been longer, reaching just under 400 individuals. With the closing of businesses and the reduction of business hours, this list is only going to get longer.

Julie Jeppson
Executive Director



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 March 30.
  • Real Stories/One Stage is rescheduled to 5:30pm on Wednesday, May 27. It will remain at Bunker Hills Event Center.
  • 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:

–Ritz crackers or generic
–Bulk bags of potato chips
–Coffee grounds -regular only
–Nacho/Tortilla chips
–Fresh apples, oranges, bananas & 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.

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Leading Role: $2500

Ensemble: $1000

Understudy: $500

Supporting: $250

Dinner Only Ticket: $80

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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. 100% 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