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Coon Rapids, Minn. — The subject of homelessness was the topic of discussion at the Coon Rapids City Center Thursday (1/21) afternoon.
The panel discussion was put on by three local organizations: Hope 4 Youth, Family Promise of Anoka County and Stepping Stone Emergency Housing. Organizers used the forum to shed light on the problem locally.
“We really thought it was essential not just to inform the community as our own organizations but all of us coming together and making sure that we answer the questions and we tell the stories of our residents and those individuals we work with so the community can have a better understanding and a clearer understanding of what homelessness in Anoka County does look like,” says Julie Jeppson of Stepping Stone Emergency Housing.
A representative from the YMCA also spoke about services they provide to the homeless.
To help homeless people find work, three Anoka County groups teamed up to bring classes to Stepping Stone Emergency Housing in Anoka.
Rather than creating another obstacle to get the homeless the resources they desperately need and may not be fully aware of, Stepping Stone worked with the Anoka County Workforce Center, Metro North Adult Basic Education and the Anoka County Library to bring the services to the people who need them most.
The pilot program, which began in September and will be funded at least until June 2016, is being called Step Into Action.
Just got off the phone with a reporter from the Star Tribune. She is following this story in which the Anoka City Council will vote on December 7 for a new city ordinance which will address any inconsistencies in the current law regarding camping or storing personal belongings on any public property in the city of Anoka.
Planning Director Carolyn Braun said, “You can’t camp in any park, any street or publicly owned property – whether it’s owned by the city of Anoka or some other agency.”
Whether or not you agree with the Anoka City Council’s decision, please know that Stepping Stone provides our residents (18 and older Youth and Adult individuals) with their basic needs, plus one-of-a-kind programming and services, which a state policy maker said is unlike any other organization in the state, let alone the country.
In case you missed it, there was a brief mention about volunteering at Stepping Stone in the November 6, Star Tribune.
Contact Tricia Lehti at email@example.com for more information about Anoka County’s RSVP or Meagan Brostrom at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about volunteering at Stepping Stone.
National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week is held each year the week before Thanksgiving. This is a time for us all to start to think about what we are thankful for, a perfect time to share our compassion with our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness, and work toward a world where no one has to experience Hunger and Homelessness.
We cannot say THANK YOU as many times as is necessary to all the sponsors, golfers, attendees and volunteers who made yesterday’s 2nd Annual PARTEE FORE A PURPOSE possible!
The generosity and support of the community brought tears to many eyes, as did the message of passion and purpose that is Stepping Stone.
At the close of the night, after all the tired golfers and attendees left with full arms and hearts, Stepping Stone raised almost $65,000. This amount may not seem significant to some, but, trust me, for those who call Stepping Stone “home,” it will make a WORLD of difference.