What is Step Up’s structure?
The Short Answer: a housing facility for up to 4 young women; mentoring, encouragement, partnership, networking, and prayer for these women.
A Few More Details
Facilities: Step Up’s first facility is a house in the city of Muskegon. This house provides a home for up to four young women ages 18-24. Residents live in community by sharing a common kitchen, dining, and living area while maintaining their privacy by having their own bedroom. This intentional set-up promotes responsibility, community, cooperation, and relationships among the residents.
House Manager: A resident house manager also lives in the home. The house manager oversees the daily life and responsibilities of the residents and maintains the smooth operation of the facility.
Adult Volunteer Mentors: Mentors work with the young women to address the advancement of life skills such as budgeting, cooking, obtaining a driver’s license, completing their education, and finding a job. Mentors will encourage social responsibility and spiritual growth.
Board of Directors: Step Up’s board of directors is responsible for the operation and organization of Step Up. The board of directors meets regularly with the house manager and other staff, participates in the residents’ application process, and provides oversight to the mentoring program.
The next step is to obtain a second home in order to extend the StepUp program to young men. That decision is based upon community need relayed to us by the local caseworkers at the Department of Health and Human Serivces, high school conselors, and other individuals. Collaboration will continue with community organizations that include, but will not be limited to, HealthWest, Community enCompass, and DHHS.
Our current capital campaign goal is $150,000. We expect the house and any needed renovations to cost $100,000. The remaining $50,000 will ensure sufficient funds to operate for at least the first year.
As with the women’s program, the house manager will receive an annual stipend of $5,000, and will be the only paid staff.
We invite you to invest with us in the lives of this vulnerable group of young people in Muskegon County.
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