Change the lives of homeless youth today!

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At Stepping Stones it is our mission to help homeless, unaccompanied youth (teens through 25) become happy, self-sufficient adults

Our Story

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There are around 400 unaccompanied youths that are currently homeless in Nashua alone. They have no safe place to go, and many live in tents on the banks of the Nashua river. Lucky kids drift from one friend’s house to another, or are taken in by a family member from time to time. But when luck turns, they are on their own. 

 

Many of these kids come from abusive homes, and have run away.  Some are “throwaways”, where their families have kicked them out. Others still have aged out of the foster care system. They have nowhere to go, and no one to turn to for help. The adults in their lives have failed them, and trust does not come easy. 

 

Homeless youths feel unsafe each and every night. Their few possessions may be stolen, drugs and alcohol are rampant, physical abuse, and sex trafficking are very real fears. These factors combined with their youth put them at an increased risk of mental illness, poor health, lacking education, becoming involved with criminal activity, or becoming a victim.  These kids are desperate for a way out. They long for a safe place to go, and they want to be able to help themselves because that is the only person they have been able to consistently rely on in the past. These kids want to work with others, not have things done for them.  They want to be part of their own solution.

See What is Happening at the Center

Our Solution

Stepping Stones is a place where homeless youth can always get the basics they need - a safe place to rest, food, showers/bathrooms, a place to keep their stuff, and someone to talk to.

 

At our drop-in center, homeless kids can stop worrying about their safety, and take steps toward becoming self-sufficient, happy adults.

 

While at Stepping Stones, they can explore new ideas and access other resources, many of which they may not even be aware are available to them.

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Services

  • Meals

  • A safe place to nap

  • Showers

  • Laundry

  • Clothing

  • Lockers for belongings

  • Computer access

  • Housing and career goal planning

  • Child care (while parent is in the building)

  • Assistance applying for state services (Medicaid, TANF, food stamps, etc.)

  • Enrichment and independent Living Classes

  • Mental Health and Substance abuse Support

  • High School or GED completion assistance

  • Job Preparation/interview skills

  • College admissions, financial aid, high school admissions, training programs, etc.

  • Mail stop/voice-mail/messages

The Facts

  • Approx. 400 reside in Nashua

  • In 2021, they made over 700 calls to crisis lines requesting shelter

  • Aging out of foster care is an extremely common cause

  • Many are running from abuse or have been cast out by guardians

  • Youth vastly prefer drop-in centers over shelters and feel more successful in such programs

 

Risk Factors

  • Without high school degree or GED: 346% more at risk

  • Unmarried parents: 200%

  • Household income less than 25k: 162%

  • LGBTQ+ : 120%

  • Black or African American: 83%

  • Non-white Hispanic: 33%

 

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Success Stories

Since opening our doors in 2020

  • Average 210 visits to the drop-in center each month

  • Over 70 youth enrolled

  • 100% of our youth have clearly established goals

  • More than 20 have moved into apartments

  • Dozens more have started working or furthered their education

Youth Voice

"With Stepping Stones’s help I have gotten off the streets. I have my own apartment now. I have a job. I just got a car...If it wasn’t for you, I’d still be living under the bridge.”

"Even though being homeless isn't ideal, I don't ever have to be ashamed. Kathy helped me see homelessness as something to overcome"

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Stepping Stones is a 501(c)3 non-profit and is funded entirely by grants and donations, all of which directly benefit young people with nowhere else to turn

Donations are a great way to change youth lives. Every little bit counts towards paving their path for a better tomorrow. You can donate online or by mail 

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