Congratulations to many of our Steps 4 Life women clients. They successfully completed a parenting class offered by Building a Generation. Building parenting skills is important for all parents. Steps 4 Life is very proud of our moms for their hard work in this important step on the path to self-sufficiency.
The Redlands Bike Classic has been a favorite annual event for the city of Redlands and the surrounding communities since 1985. Each year, thousands of local residents come out to enjoy the festivities. The Bike Classic also hosts the "Shimano Public Races and School Duel" where more than 600 children and youth ride their bikes in a short course through downtown Redlands.
The Steps 4 Life volunteers helped out all day Saturday and Sunday at this event. They were all wearing their matching green Bike Classic t-shirts They helped cheer the bicyclists and direct them on the route. They even did some traffic control with cars at the blocked intersections. It was a great day for the Redlands community and our Steps 4 Life clients. Our clients demonstrated the true blessing of making the world a better place by giving back to your community.
Part of the Steps 4 Life philosophy is that if you are feeling down then you should go and put a smile on someone else's face. Steps 4 Life partnered with the Burrage Mansion and Rochford Foundation to host a Children's Art Project. The theme of the show was "Love through Art." The children painted cards with messages of love in the Burrage Mansion art studio. Afterwards they delivered the cards to people in the local community who are less fortunate. They handed out cards to the homeless people in a local park. They also traveled to a nearby convalescent hospital to visit with the patients and give them some cards. The families learned that it is better to give than to receive. By helping others in their community, they are actually helping themselves.
On Easter Sunday, the Steps 4 Life moms took their children to a nearby park for a picnic and Easter egg hunt. The children had a wonderful time searching for the candy Easter eggs hidden in the grass and trees. The families were also celebrating the renewal and recovery in their lives through their work in the Steps 4 Life Program.
We are so thankful to It's Time to Pray Ministry and the Ladies L.I.F.E. group for visiting our house this past Sunday. We began the visit with a bible devotion led by Gwenda Simpson. Then we broke bread and enjoyed some delicious treats while we played games and talked. We had a wonderful day because of their kindness. Here is the verse that Gwenda shared with us:
“Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland."
Congratulations to Acacia and Taylor on their Sober Anniversaries. Sobriety is one of the cornerstones of the Steps 4 Life Program. It is the first step on the road to recovery and self-sufficiency. Acacia and Taylor have worked very hard in our Program and we were thrilled to acknowledge and celebrate their accomplishments.
Volunteers from Steps 4 Life, the U of R, Employment Community Options, and LDS Service Club helped Burrage grounds workers wash and sort this year's crop of super-delicious navel oranges from the Burrage Mansion groves. The oranges are harvested, washed, sorted and then given away to many Redlands children and charities, including the YMCA, Boys & Girls Club, Micah House, Family Services, the Blessing Center, food banks and homeless centers. There's lots of work over several week's time, but it's almost completed.... until the Valentias get ripe in another month or so, when harvesting starts all over again!
We are so grateful to our many supporters in the community who helped our families have a wonderful Christmas this year. A special thanks goes to the Redlands Church of Christ for their donations and support in making this a special holiday season. Our Women and Children's Houses were filled with smiles, laughter and love as they celebrated the day with presents and a delicious Christmas dinner.
Our supporters showed the true meaning of Christmas by helping us make this day happen for our families.
Due to the generosity of our many supporters, our children had a wonderful Christmas as they celebrated the day with their moms. A special thanks goes to the Redlands Church of Christ for their donations and support in making this a special holiday season.
We'll never forget the sight of the children opening their presents on Christmas morning. Our houses were filled with smiles and squeals of delight as they unwrapped their gifts. We were truly blessed this Christmas season.
We are grateful to all of our supporters for helping our Men's Homes have a Merry Christmas. A special thanks goes to the Redlands Church of Christ for their donations and support in making this a special holiday season.
The men made a delicious Christmas dinner and exchanged gifts. Cynthia stopped by to wish them all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in 2018. It was a great day for everyone.
Steps 4 Life Community Services is grateful for everyone who came out and participated in our ribbon cutting ceremony to dedicate our new office space. We are very appreciative for the Redlands Chamber of Commerce joining in the celebration and supporting our programs. This new space will allow us to provide even more services to people who are struggling in our community. From the bottom of our hearts - we want to give a big "Thank You" to everyone.
Congratulations to our clients on completing the Nurturing Parenting Class that was provided by Building a Generation. This was a 16 week course that covered family communication, awareness of needs, nurturing behaviors and healthy physical and emotional development. The course was focused on building self awareness, positive concept/self-esteem and empathy. The children also got to complete a Child Enrichment Class at the same time so they were awarded their own certificates.
This was a great experience for both our women clients and their children. We are very proud of our clients for their perseverance in completing this program. We are also grateful to Building a Generation for providing this wonderful learning opportunity for our clients.
Congratulations to several of our clients for completing the Leadership, Engagement and Development (L.E.A.D) Class provided by The Family Service Association of Redlands.
In this class, our women learned about leadership and living an honest, purposeful life. This included a focus on preparing healthy meals as part of a program of mentally, physical and spiritual wellness. The class also showed how healthy eating is possible even on a limited budget. All in all, this was a great experience for our clients and we are proud of them for finishing the program.
We are also grateful to the Redlands FSA for making this class possible for our clients and helping their on their journey to self-sufficiency.
Steps 4 Life is so happy to be a part of these family reaching self-sufficiency and moving into their own places. We are also deeply grateful to the many individuals, businesses and agencies that donated goods to help these families with their new start. These families have worked very hard and deserve their new success. Congratulations!
Congratulations to Lorrie Hinkelman on receiving the Adult Volunteer of the Year Award from the Academy for Grassroots Organization at the 2017 Academy Awards for Nonprofit Excellence. Lorrie is a tireless volunteer for Steps for Life who does so much to help our organization. We were thrilled to see her receive this well deserved acknowledgment. Thank you Lorrie!
Congratulations to Acacia on completing her outpatient class. We are so proud of her. She is a great example of the Steps 4 Life program as she works towards self-sufficiency.
We had our first annual Steps 4 Life - Brighter Futures - One Step at a Time Benefit Dinner this weekend at the Burrage Mansion in Redlands. Over 100 guests attended to support our program. We all solved the Mystery of the Missing Diamond, ate a delicious dinner and heard some wonderful testimonials from the Steps 4 Life clients. The evening was a wonderful success. We are so grateful to our supporters and sponsors for helping us to continue to serve our community.
The Yucaipa community banded together to help a family that had become homeless. The community fixed up a trailer so the family could have a home. Then Steps 4 Life donated all the household items to make it a real home. Here is Cynthia with the family, happy to be in their new home.
Steps 4 Life was among hundreds of volunteers giving their time to make another successful Redlands Bike Classic. The weather was cloudy and cool - perfect for bicycle racing. This is a wonderful community event and the Steps 4 Life enjoyed being a part of it.