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“Together, we can end homelessness and move more people experiencing mental health issues into a compassionate environment in which to recover and thrive.”

Tod Lipka, Step Up President & CEO

“I’ve been doing this long enough to know that what Step Up is doing is profoundly good, and profoundly needed. So build it, support what Step Up is doing, and stay at this until there is no body wandering the streets alone just because their friends and neighbors didn’t realize they were also their brothers and sisters. ”

President Bill Clinton, January 14, 2013, Step Up on Vine

“Our vision is to make Los Angeles an ideal place for Veterans.”

Robert A. McDonald Former Secretary of Veteran Affairs and member of Step Up Honorary Board

“Over the next two years, Step Up will provide access to permanent housing and a rich array of support services for an additional 1,000 individuals, each having lived on the streets for an average of 5 years.”

Tod Lipka, Step Up President & CEO


Step Up works to support individuals experiencing mental health conditions and homelessness in these communities.


An Important Message from Step Up

Dear Supporters, Volunteers and Trusted Community Partners,

We wanted to take a moment to let you know Step Up is actively monitoring the COVID-19 status in the communities we work while still providing life-saving supportive services. We are relieved to report that as of this writing, there has been only one reported case of COVID-19 in the Step Up Community. Step Up is taking measures to both protect employees’ health and welfare, and to advance its critical mission to serve its most at-risk members. During this time, members will continue to need our support and we expect to continue to provide the exemplary level of support and services we have become known for in our community.

In an abundance of caution, Step Up is taking the following immediate steps to curtail the spread of the virus and to keep its staff, members and volunteers as safe and as healthy as possible during this period of unknown impact:

  • All volunteer activities at all sites are halted for the time being.
  • Managers are empowered to work with staff to curtail activities that may put them or members at risk. This includes remote work when feasible, phone or telehealth meetings with members as necessary, avoiding transporting members in personal or company vehicles – the advancement of our mission is paramount;
  • Program staff will be trained on how to utilize company phone apps to effectively communicate with members and each other as necessary;
  • We have asked staff if they or an immediate family member is experiencing flu-like symptoms, to not report to any office location, contact their manager on how to proceed, and seek medical attention immediately.
  • We are sharing stories from our staff’s frontlines across the agency with a weekly e-blast. Subscribe using the sign-up form on the right of your computer screen!

While many public and private spaces have curtailed operations for the time being, Step Up will remain operational and will continue serving its clients.

Please contact us by email or phone before coming to one of our locations. Support from our community is especially vital now as operations are re-aligned to adhere to our mission while keeping staff, members and volunteers safe. Please consider making a donation as we work through this difficult time. Your contributions in any amount ensure that Step Up will continue serving our most vulnerable neighbors, who are especially vulnerable during this community health crisis. Do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have.

Stay safe and healthy,

Tod Lipka
President & CEO

Partners and Supporters

A preview of some of our excellent partners and supporters.

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