Because of the generosity of some of our partners, we felt it was essential to let you know what an impact their partnership has on Stepping Stone and our residents. Because of them, we are able to do even more for those who are experiencing homelessness. Thank YOU to each of these companies who have made a significant commitment! If you would like more information about how you can be a Keystone Sponsor, please contact Julie Jeppson at 763-277-8301 or

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In July 2016, Financial One Credit Union’s leadership and Board of Directors launched their new culture, showing their customers and the community that they are a socially conscious and focused on the 3 things that are essential to the survival and well-being of a person, one of which is shelter. Because of this program and their generosity, Stepping Stone has received over $77,000.  Above and beyond funding hundreds of nights of shelter, Financial One is always very open and willing to support us on additional needs that unexpectedly arise.

Financial One is a member-owned and controlled financial cooperative dedicated to improving the financial well-being of its members. “Since 1933, we have been working hard to provide the best in financial service to our members, backed by one-on-one service that’s unique to every interaction. …One thing that has always remained the same: our unwavering commitment to our members.”

Thank you Ramsey Lions Club for providing a $10,000 match at our 2021 Real Stories/One Stage AND ParTee Fore A Purpose events! Club members continue to support Stepping Stone financially, but also took time last year to prepare a grilled meal for residents to enjoy an outdoor cookout last summer. So please continue gambling in their establishments!

The Ramsey Lions Club is a member group of men and women from the local community who volunteer their time and talents to perform a variety of community service activities. “We learn, share our talents and work as a team on our many fund raising activities, including food and beverage sales at community events and our charitable gambling locations. We would like to THANK the community for their support and patronage at our fundraisers and charitable gambling sites.”

Ross and Pauline Strehlow began giving to Stepping Stone in 2013, following a tour of the shelter. They learned about our vision and mission, seeing for themselves our compassionate, outstretched hand to each and every resident. They also learned how we challenge residents to confront barriers that are preventing them from resolving their homelessness, working together to overcome them. It wasn’t until Ross and Pauline attended our first Real Stories/One Stage in 2018 that they experienced, directly from residents, how great an impact their generosity has on residents’ lives.

Hoffman Weber Construction is fully committed to Stepping Stone’s rehab project for the home we purchased in Blaine in 2018. They generously donated the labor and materials. In addition, they auctioned off a playhouse at the Minnesota State Fair. All proceeds went to Stepping Stone. The winning bid was over $4,000. They have witnessed firsthand how their support impacts residents. Their commitment to Stepping Stone and ending homelessness continues!

Hoffman Weber Construction is a two-generation, family-owned general contractor firm whose mission is “to be the general contractor of choice for the communities it serves, its valued trade partners, and the industry’s top talent seeking rewarding employment.”

Over the past three years, MidWestOne continues to grow their support to Stepping Stone. Whenever there’s a project to be involved with MidWestOne is one of the first to partner. They jumped at the opportunity to support us in 2020 and 2021, by providing Stepping Stone with much-needed, essential computer and IT needs to continue supporting residents in their goal towards self-sufficiency. As demands on technology are ever-increasing, being able to provide residents with quality, timely, and reliable technology is no longer a luxury…it’s a necessity. Thank you to MidWestOne  for being our “home” bank and the continued impact you make on the lives of our residents!

Pam and Jim Deal have consistently supported Stepping Stone and our residents over the years. Their humility in generously giving has allowed Stepping Stone to dramatically impact the lives of our residents.

Thank you Fridley Lions Club for donating $15,000 during our 2021 COVID crisis at our shelter. The Lions heard about our need and quickly jumped in with a large financial donation. We are grateful to the Fridley Lions for their many years of support to Stepping Stone and our community.

For 68 years, the Fridley Lions have flipped pancakes, hosted wine tastings, and managed charitable gambling sites to raise funds for our youth, the needy, our schools, our city, and our world. The Fridley Lions have donated in excess of $5.1 million over the past 33 years. In addition, they collect eyeglasses, hearing aids, and ink cartridges for various causes. Their motto is, “We Serve”.

Starting in 2014, Mark Welter and Julie Jeppson would have breakfast once or twice each year, and exchange emails/phone calls numerous times a month. His passion for helping those living in poverty started when he was a very young boy and grew only stronger as he got older. He lived his life knowing, upon retiring from teaching, that he would live off only the bare minimum of what he needed and give away the remainder of his savings to organizations that were making a difference in the world. One of the organizations he chose was Stepping Stone. Since his passing in 2017, Mark M. Welter Foundation was established to fulfill his wish to continue giving and impacting lived after his passing.

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