Thank you for becoming part of our work of... 

offering friendship, help, and hope to our neighbors in need.

Now, you're a part of our stories, too...like Jim's.

Jim Redstone enjoys a cup of coffee
Come by the Drop-In Center most mornings and you'll find our good friend, Jim Redstone, enjoying a cup of coffee with cookies. Jim recently recounted his story to Janos Kendall, our Drop-In Center Director...

"I came to the Next Step about 3 years ago. Some neighbors brought me a [sack] lunch...and explained about the Next Step. I was staying with my daughter, her boyfriend and their two baby girls. The boyfriend was arrested, my daughter left the home...in a matter of days, Child Protective Services came and took my granddaughters...so I became homeless. I went to the Next Step for hope... 

I wasn't at the bottom, but oh, so close. I was a 70 year old grandpa with no home to be sad in...grandparents have no rights in these matters. I knocked on the Next Step door...I didn't know how or what questions to ask...they listened, they helped me write letters, make phone calls and taught me to be patient, hope, and persevere. It took a whole year before I finally got to see my granddaughters. The Next Step helped in so many ways - bus passes, stamps, phone calls, food, birthday and Christmas presents [for my granddaughters]...they really cared." 


Can you find yourself in Jim's story? Maybe you made one of the lunches, brought gifts for a Christmas celebration, gave of your time as a volunteer to "just listen". Perhaps you gave a donation, and it was yours that allowed us to buy a bus pass for Jim to see his granddaughters.

...friendship, help, and hope...that's what the Next Step is all about.