“I believe that we really can end poverty one family at a time and at the same time build stronger and more compassionate communities through STEPMC.”
"I enjoy working with STEPMC because, as a community banker, I realize the stress that financial hardship puts on individuals and their families."
"It gives me perspective that by birth I am middle class and most of the others are in their situation also by birth. STEPMC helps all of us to relate to each other and improve us all."
"Seeing the growth of the organization and the number of families who have successfully left poverty, I know this program works!"
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"I feel that everyone deserves a break and a 2nd chance. If I can provide an opportunity or a way for someone to get ahead or get that break because somebody helped them, then I have done what I set out to do. I’ve had lots of 2nd chances and help as well. Now I can pass that on to someone who needs a little boost or direction in getting ahead."
"I value the positive, supportive environment where all participants are learning and growing. I believe this organization makes the community stronger by encouraging friendships and deeper understanding among people of all economic classes."
"STEPMC is a very important program in the community helping transform lives. My hope is that every family whose lives are touched by the program will then share their story to help others in our community. Being a teacher I see many families struggle every day to make ends meet, but with strong community relationships we can help each other and build each other up to end poverty."
"I've head the story of the positive impact of STEPMC since I moved to Kansas in 2016. I believe strongly in this approach to engage and build relationship with those living in poverty. In building these relationships we all have an opportunity to learn from one another and support each other no matter our current situation."
"I am involved with STEPMC because of the program mission and values - 'Transforming lives through relationships.' The idea of walking with an individual to support their journey out of poverty speaks to my sense of responsibility in my community."
"I first heard about STEPMC's work at a soup supper where Team Leaders told their stories. I was so impressed. I had walked through many of those same situations in my own life and I knew I needed to become involved."
"I am inspired by the sense of community that is a keynote to STEPMC."
"I became involved with STEPMC because as a college counselor and advisor, I saw how many barriers students in poverty were facing. It is exciting to be part of an organization that provides support and reduces barriers, so individuals can reach their educational and career goals."