News & Events

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If you work with a media outlet and have any questions pertaining to Stepping Stone services and/or policies, please contact one of the following staff:

Julie Jeppson, Executive Director (763) 277-8301

Watch Real Stories / One Stage Online Now!

Real Stories/One Stage was recorded live and is now available to view online! Click below to watch!


We received so much amazing feedback about the Real Stories/One Stage event and now you have the opportunity to see and hear the show as well!  The stories shared on stage- by Illusion Theater actors- are real and personal life experiences of homelessness shared by real Stepping Stone residents.

Headshots for the Homeless

 Did you miss Stepping Stone in the news?

Head-shots For The Homeless was a huge success!

On February 7, 2018, The 66 men and women who live at Stepping Stone had the opportunity to get an up-to-date, professional head-shot, thanks to professional hairstylists, makeup artists and photographer who volunteered their time and talents to help people experiencing homelessness put their best foot forward in online job searches and networking.

Following are links to the various stories that involved the makeovers and photo sessions for the residents:


Fox 9 News

Homeless people get professional headshots for job searches courtesy of their local shelter



A Partnership to End Homelessness

“This season we are working together to help end homelessness in our community.”


Stepping Stone Emergency Housing has partnered with Norhart to raise awareness and money for the homeless population. This holiday season they are engaging their residents with the initiative to end homelessness.  In this video they have told Ken’s story.  Ken is a resident here at Stepping Stone that wasn’t given the best start in life.  He eventually lost his job and was couch hopping between friend’s houses.  Eventually he lost many of those friends and found himself living on the street.  Stepping Stone was able to help turn his life around.

The passion behind Norhart is to create a better way to live.  Check out Norhart’s page on ending homelessness to see what they are doing to support our mission to provide housing and support.  Also check out their new community buildings in Blaine and Forest lake.

apartment building in Blaine

apartments in Forest Lake


Ken’s Story

“You learn and you grow.”

In this video is Ken’s story.  Ken is a resident here at Stepping Stone that didn’t get off to a good start in life.  He eventually lost his job and was couch hopping between friend’s houses.  Eventually he lost many of those friends and found himself living on the street.  Stepping Stone was able to help turn his life around.  After years of struggling, Ken is now at a place where he is focused on improving himself and his future.

New Executive Director Named…Julie Jeppson


Anoka, Minn., Tuesday, Oct. 3 – Julie Jeppson has been named the next Executive Director by Stepping Stone Emergency Housing’s Board of Directors. Ms. Jeppson will officially assume this new role on October 1, 2017.

“Stepping Stone Emergency Housing’s Board of Directors unanimously selected Julie Jeppson to be our next Executive Director,” says Kelly Matter, Stepping Stone Board Chair and President of RESOURCE, Inc. “The Stepping Stone Board started working six months ago when Kevin Martineau announced his plan to retire. In order to maintain the integrity and reputation that Stepping Stone has developed under his leadership, we worked with Kevin to make sure Stepping Stone’s future was put into the best hands possible. We found that with Julie.”

Over the past five years, Ms. Jeppson has taken an ever-increasing role in Stepping Stone. Starting as the Volunteer Coordinator, Ms. Jeppson quickly found that her passion and purpose in making individual lives better fit perfectly with the vision, mission and values of Stepping Stone. During her time at Stepping Stone, she has worked to engage the community, to educate others about those experiencing homelessness, and raise funds to support the growth of programs and services as the need for those needing shelter continues to increase. As Executive Director, Ms. Jeppson will continue to lead Stepping Stone’s strategic planning process and guide Stepping Stone to expand its reach of programs and services to a larger population.

“I am humbled and honored to serve as Stepping Stone’s next Executive Director. We work so hard every day to strengthen our one-of-a-kind programs and services in order to help those who call Stepping Stone ‘home.’ I look forward to working with our communities and for our communities, continuing to help the men and women who need it the most. It’s exciting to look towards the future with honesty and integrity, answering the question, ‘What next?’”

Kevin Martineau will remain at Stepping Stone as the Business Manager until his final transition into retirement at a date yet to be determined. Mr. Martineau started at Stepping Stone in May 2013. During his four years with the organization, he and Ms. Jeppson have quadrupled Stepping Stone’s operating budget. Most recently, funding was secured through the legislative process which will enable Stepping Stone to keep its lights on and its doors open indefinitely. “If you could dream of a retirement plan, this would be it. I’m leaving exactly the way I want to: I’ve loved working with Stepping Stone, helping to build a strong, necessary organization that truly lives by its mission of helping people. I’ve also had the privilege of handing the baton to Julie, someone who I truly believe will do great things for Stepping Stone and its residents.”

Stepping Stone is the only licensed homeless shelter for single adults in Anoka, Washington, Dakota, Scott and Carver counties. They have a capacity to serve 66 men and women, ages 18 and older who are experiencing homelessness, as they strive towards self-sufficiency. Stepping Stone continues to be at capacity with a waiting list consistently between 190 and 240 individuals. In 2017, Stepping Stone will provide emergency and programmatic shelter for almost 650 men and women experiencing homelessness, equating to over 30,000 shelter nights provided for the year.

My Story…

My journey to Stepping Stone is about triumph, personal growth and accepting help. I think that my story is nothing to be ashamed of because I learned a lot about the world around me, but even more about myself. I would like to start by sharing a saying that I heard here at Stepping Stone,
If you build a man a fire, you keep him warm for a day. If you set a man’s soul on fire, you keep him warm for a lifetime.
This reminds me to live truthfully by putting myself first so that I am more content with my own lifestyle.

The broken road that lead me to Stepping Stone is one marked with people’s empty word and false promises. I think learning to trust in myself is probably the most valuable thing that has ever happened in my life. I currently stand in defiance to the idea that I’ll never make it anywhere. Trusting in myself, I am triumphant because I know that I can make it anywhere. This assurance is priceless to me. So, to the ones who took advantage of my resources and my circumstances, I have to say…THANK YOU! (more…)

Blaine-Ham Lake Rotary assists the homeless

Taken from an article in ABCNewspapers on July 8, 2017, reporter Eric Hagen writes…

The Blaine-Ham Lake Rotary Club is on a mission to help the homeless of Anoka County by donating supplies, food and, most importantly, time and connections that could help land a new job.

This all stems from a rotary club breakfast meeting last November at the Tournament Players Club-Blaine. There 

was a brainstorming session about ways club members could help the different groups that assist the homeless or lower-income residents.

Chris Tiedeman, a member of the Blaine-Ham Lake Rotary Club, said club members have stopped by Stepping Stone Emergency Housing, a shelter in Anoka with 66 beds for homeless people of any age, once per month to serve home-cooked meals that they 

Connexus Summer 2017


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I accomplished more than I ever imagined I could!


Before Stepping Stone, because of some bad choices, I gave up on a cleaning business that was a 2-time Super Service Award recipient from Angie’s List. While living in my Jeep, I tried to climb my way out of the mess I made of my life, but each action I took added to my feelings of defeat and a hopelessness I don’t remember ever feeling before.

Throughout my life, I’ve had a history of being in unhealthy relationships. Moving to Minnesota to have a fresh start, I found myself, once again, in an unhealthy relationship. At the time I did not realize how unhealthy it really was until I found myself at a battered women’s shelter. It is at that shelter I first heard of Stepping Stone.

At Stepping Stone I began my growth into becoming the person I am today. I was introduced to the word “NO,” and learned that I had every right to use it AND that it was ok for me to say it. This opened up a whole new view on life, a whole new way of “being.”

I could create a whole new me.

I would describe my time before Stepping Stone as sitting on a rose above the highest thorn and falling. With each cut, scratch and scrape, a bigger piece of me died. I was convinced that I would not recover from such a fall. I continued to fall and fail just like I always knew I would – at a very low time I even contemplated suicide. I never believed I had the ability to find success.

Than I found Stepping Stone.


Legislative Funding Approved!

Though it was a very strange end of regular and special session for the Minnesota Legislature, both Republicans and Democrats were able to come together to support Stepping Stone! This support comes through funding, which will allow us strengthen and enhance our already unique, one-of-a-kind programming and services.

Special THANKS to the following Senators and Representatives who had a personal hand in making this possible:

Photos taken at MetroNorth Chamber Legislative Wrap-Up Session 5/31/2017
Senators Pictured L to R: Hoffman,                     Representatives Pictured L to R:
Newton, Chamberlain, Benson, Abeler,              Hortman, Whelan, West, Koegel
and Representative Scott                                       and Uglem

National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week

NOVEMBER ***, 2017

National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week


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.

National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week Information

The National Coalition for the Homeless Website

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