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Meet Our Youth


Tom had been homeless for 6 years when he came into Stepping Stones.  He had uncontrolled medical issues, and had been arrested for stealing change, so he could eat. He loved to work on cars, but he didn’t know how to get out of his situation and move forward with his life.


When Zack came to Stepping Stones last winter, he was living under a local bridge. He was just 19, had left an abusive home, and had nowhere to go.  

With just a little bit of help, 



On their eighteenth birthday, Addy made the difficult decision to leave home and take their chances on the streets; though this was scary, it was better than continuing to suffer abuse from their family.



Alex’s story sheds light on the all-too common situation where young people are forced out of their homes before they are ready by guardians who do not support their LGBTQ status.

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When Stella first came to us, she had recently been in an accident that totalled her car. Unfortunately, that car also had been her home for several months.



Lily came to Stepping Stones with more losses than gains. She’d lost her family, both those she grew up with, and the new one she’d created. 



Angel is one of the young mothers who uses the infant and child supplies at the drop-in center. After a lengthy period of sleeping outside, she was able to secure housing through Stepping Stones. She got a job and worked steady hours until the end of her pregnancy. She gave birth to a healthy baby girl and dotes on her. Every time Angel comes in, she’s bringing two times the joy!



Ezra came to Stepping Stones after a really tough break. A family dispute had landed him in some legal trouble. Even though the matter was quickly resolved with his loved ones, the legal process took longer to sort out


Jack came to Stepping Stones with a smile on his face, despite a long history of negative experiences in the foster care system and a couple of court dates looming before him. An incredibly friendly, kind young person, Jack quickly became part of the fabric of Stepping Stones. 

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A young mother living in a hotel, Nicole came to Stepping Stones almost every day for months with a single-minded devotion to one thing: earning her GED. According to Nicole, she sees getting her GED as a necessary step to getting a better paying job and more opportunity. “I want to do better for my kids and myself,” she said between tests.

Help Us Help Them!

The young people who come into Stepping Stones often find themselves in these situations by no fault of their own. Even though the odds are stacked against them, they are rewriting their stories.

Do You Know A Homeless Youth? 

Are you or is someone you know a homeless teen or youth 25 and under? Do you need help finding resources to meet your basic needs or finding possible housing options? Stepping Stones is here to help.

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