Waddle Off Your Gobble Over Thanksgiving and Help Stepping Stone with their Mission That Everyone Has a Place to Call Home

Stepping Stone has been working hard the last year and a half to keep COVID out of the shelter, but in October, it hit like a tsunami! Acting quickly, they moved their 66 residents to a local hotel to effectively social distance. When Paul Moore, pastor of Chain of Lakes Church in Blaine, heard of this, he wanted to gather the community together and help Stepping Stone with the extra costs. “We needed a fundraiser to support Stepping Stone as they recover from their own COVID crisis. They are an important part of the fabric of the community and this walk is a way to share appreciation for them.” Paul reached out to his contacts and began organizing Waddle Off Your Gobble.

One of those community members is Bradley Hunt, Financial Advisor with Thrivent. “People find a lot of joy and excitement during this time of year, but the holidays can be difficult for many, as well. I love that Stepping Stone is doing whatever it takes to provide shelter for those in need, while offering programs and services focused on creating self-sufficiency for their residents. At Thrivent, we are passionate about living out our Christian values, and the Waddle Off Your Gobble event gives us a fun opportunity to encourage our clients to engage with a meaningful cause.”

Here’s all the waddle gobble details:

  • Register to walk anytime, anywhere, during the weekend of Thanksgiving, November 25-28
  • Registration is $45/person. This is the cost of one night of shelter for one individual.
  • The walk is virtual, and we want to see you and your friends wadding! Your registration confirmation email will contain fun ways to promote the waddle before and during.
  • Don’t be shy! Invite folks from your places of employment and worship, family, neighbors, friends – anyone!
  • Not able to participate? No problem. Feel free to register and support Stepping Stone in their fight to end homelessness.

Proceeds from this event will help Stepping Stone residents by:

  • Giving them a warm, safe place to sleep.
  • Supplying basic needs, including three meals a day.
  • Providing access to Stepping Stone’s unique programming.

Why Stepping Stone?

Stepping Stone Emergency Housing is a 24/7 shelter for adults experiencing homelessness. More than a shelter, Stepping Stone is a place for our residents to live and receive help as they strive to end their experience of homelessness. Stepping Stone’s programming puts the entire focus of the resident’s stay on discovering and removing their barriers to self-sufficiency.

Thank you Stepping Stone Board Members Michael Dempsey, Sheryl Carlson, and David Stamps for your help in organizing this event. 

Thank You Community Organizers

We can’t do this alone!

Help us realize our vision so everyone has a place to call home.

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