The embrace of community, empowerment to work towards self-determined goals, and advocacy to reduce discrimination.
Productivity is an important aspect of quality of life. Step Up and Daniel’s Place offer coaching and mentoring opportunities including pre-vocational training, techniques for job interviews, work adjustment, employment preparation, and job placement. Hands-on experiences in paid positions include word processing, data entry, facilities maintenance, receptionist duties, clerical support, food service, restaurant kitchen operations, and retail associate work. Over 175 members participate in these supported employment training and placement programs, with 80 individuals employed, and 31 individuals enrolled in an educational program of some type. Participants work as employees of Step Up and Daniel’s Place with supported supervision and guidance. Step Up’s vocational philosophy parallels its housing philosophy – there are no failures. All participants desiring meaningful, community-competitive employment will be assisted in achieving that goal.
Members of Step Up and Daniel’s Place have many opportunities for inclusion. New members are connected to a Peer Advocate for a “buddy-system” and receive one-on-one peer attention, so vital in their initial term of treatment, when engagement is critical.
The Art Heals Gallery, located on the first floor of Step Up on Fifth, is a permanent space to exhibit the member artists’ work. Additionally, two of our participants are active members on our Board of Directors and are involved in establishing and supporting the vision for the future of Step Up.
The mission of the The Tenants Advisory Committee (TAC) is to serve as an elected body of tenant members dedicated to taking an active role in enhancing the wellness opportunities available at Step Up. The TAC acts as a bridge for communications between members and staff as well as a catalyst for advocacy, change, and growth. The TAC consists of tenant representatives from Step Up on Second, Step Up on Fifth, and Daniel’s Village.