Stepping Stones offers overnight emergency shelter to unaccompanied women and mothers with children alongside supportive services designed to assist them in breaking down the barriers to regain economic stability and permanent housing. Stepping Stones has the capacity to house 20 women and children nightly in a residential living space.
Basic needs such as food, clothing, personal care items, and diapers are provided. Each shelter guest creates an individualized case plan and meets weekly with a social worker to make progress toward her goals. Because the path out of homelessness is different for everyone, each woman and family's length of stay is determined by their individualized case plan.
Pathways works with the local rapid rehousing programs and housing voucher assistance programs to help guests access permanent housing. Guests have access to the life skills, employment readiness, and financial literacy classes provided through the Day Center.
The opening of Stepping Stones was made possible by support from the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham and EBSCO Community Impact.