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.
Congratulations to Taylor on his 3 year clean and sober anniversary. Taylor has worked very hard in our program and the results are showing. He is doing very well in his job at a local restaurant and takes great pride in his work. We are so glad he is part of our community and we are very proud of him. Great job Taylor!!
Steps 4 Life is grateful to the Rockford Foundation for hosting our children in their Burrage Buddies Program at the Burrage Mansion. The Burrage Buddies after-school enrichment workshops give adult volunteers an opportunity to help less-privileged children in our community. Grownups get to share their expertise and talents with small groups of appreciative kids from Boys & Girls clubs, Micah House, Think Together, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts of course Steps 4 Life.
Our children got to golf, learn about photography, play soccer, go on trail walks, play games and do other activities on the beautiful Burrage Mansion grounds. We are so appreciative for the Rockford Foundation's commitment to not only the Steps 4 Life children but so many other young people in our community.
Steps 4 Life organized an Arts and Crafts Day at the Women and Children's House. The moms worked with their children to bedazzle some glasses and makes lots of other fun creations with paper, glue and magic markers. Then the fun part was putting on their new glasses and showing off their creativity. They all had a great time.
Our men had a great time watching Super Bowl LI and while enjoying a traditional football meal hamburgers and fixings. The game did not disapoint as New England staged one of the greatest comebacks in football history. But regardless of whether the men were rooting for the Falcons or Patriots, they all had a great day watching the game together.
Our women and children had a wonderful Christmas celebration at one of the Steps 4 Life Houses. Steps 4 Life received numerous donations from generous organizations and was able to purchase some wonderful presents for the children. Christmas joy filled the house as the children received their new bicycles, dolls, stuffed animals, games and other toys. Steps 4 Life is grateful to our numerous sponsors who make such a difference in these families lives.
We are grateful to HAMCB for their generous donation of bicycles for the children in our Women's Houses. The bikes were beautiful and the youngsters were so excited to ride them around. It really made for a special Christmas for our families. Special thanks to Jimmy for helping make this happen.
We were thrilled when our Steps 4 Life children were invited to the annual Shop with a Cop event at the Walmart in Highland. This amazing day was sponsored by the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Employees' Benefit Association, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, Walmart and other organizations. Our children were paired with San Bernardino Sheriffs and San Manual Public Safety Officers and were each given $200. The children were able to purchase items to help them be prepared for school and have a successful year. The deputies help the kids pick their items and keep track of their budget as they make their way down the Walmart aisles. Walmart donated the sales tax in order for the children to maximize their spending potential.
Smiles were all around on the faces of the children and the sheriffs and police officers. We are so grateful to SEBA, San Manuel and Walmart for the love and generosity that they showed our children.
Our Steps 4 Life families had a wonderful time participating in this year's Redlands Christmas Parade. We are grateful to Burrage Mansion and Mr. Rochford to making this such an amazing experience for the families. The kids got to meet Santa Claus and then ride in the Burrage Mansion float. It was a day that they'll always remember.
A big Thank You to the Kiwanis Club of Redlands for their generous donation of food for our Steps 4 Life clients. The below donations are just for one house. Each of our five locations received a similar donation from Kiwanis. We are so appreciative of the Kiwanis helping to make our Thanksgiving so special this year.
Another big Thank You to Redlands Family Services for their kind donation of food for out clients this Thanksgiving. Their generous gift would barely fit in our truck! We were so moved by their kindness in helping make this Thanksgiving a wonderful event for the women, children and men in our houses.
KSGN Radio (89.7 FM in Southern California) was kind enough to host our families for a day of crafts, activities and even a visit from some furry mascots. The moms and their children had a wonderful time touring and learning about the station. Cynthia and Chris really enjoyed themselves also. Thank you KSGN for a fantastic day and your generosity for our clients.
Congratulations to our own Cynthia McGuigan for graduating from the Academy for Grassroots Organizations. The mission of the Academy is "to make sure that the thousands of amazing people and organizations working to change lives in our region have all the resources and skills they need to be successful." Cynthia and Steps 4 Life certainly fit that description as they support their program clients in bettering their lives and becoming self-sufficient individuals who are productive members of their communities.
We are so grateful to Santa Claus Inc for hosting a wonderful event for our children at their San Bernardino facility. The children were all smiles as they were presented with new backpacks, bicycles, shoes, hats and other gifts. The mission of Santa Claus, Inc. is to provide critical assistance to children in the Inland Empire by supporting and strengthening the family unit through our community based programs. Steps 4 Life greatly appreciates their support and genorosity.