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Step Up on Second and Daniel’s Place were founded and nurtured by Susan Dempsay to provide a safe place for individuals experiencing mental health issues to access supportive services and activities on the Westside of Los Angeles.  The Friends of Susan Dempsay Fund was established to help meet the socialization and educational needs of Step Up members unable to get or keep up a job, or attend school. The fund is designated and restricted to help Step Up member’s pursuit of activities or personal necessities that, with limited incomes, they are unable to afford otherwise.

The Friends of Susan Dempsay Fund may be used for items such as:

  • Medical treatments or medical supplies
  • Dental care
  • Eye care and glasses
  • Vocational tools (job clothes, items required for employment)
  • Educational activities or supplies
  • Personal things involved in attending to family matters (transportation, clothes)
  • Because socialization revolves around food and coffee (decaf please), funding supportive services for members of Step Up on Second and Daniel’s Place shall include: two nutritional meals every day; transportation, computer training, art studio, classes in the creative arts (writing, art, music, dance), outings, etc.

How the Friends of Susan Dempsay Fund Works:

Step Up and Daniel’s Place Service Coordinators can request financial support from The Friends of Susan Dempsay Fund for a member through completion of an application. If approved, funds will be paid directly to the provider of the service/item or supply, or to the Service Coordinator. Only under special circumstances will funds be provided directly to the member. The fund may not be used for loans of any kind.

The Friends of Susan Dempsay Fund may receive donations from any source, on an inter vivos or testamentary basis, in cash, or in other property acceptable to Step Up in accordance with its gift acceptance policies.


Support the Friends of Susan Dempsay Fund! 


Special gift designations, such as a Tribute Gift or the Friends of Susan Dempsay Fund, may be made at the check out page!

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. We are relieved to report that as of this writing, there have been no reported cases 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 a minimum of two weeks.
  • Managers are empowered to work with staff to curtail activities that may put them or members at risk. This includes the possibility of 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.

While many public and private spaces have curtailed operations for the time being, Step Up will remain operational and will continue serving its clients. Again, it is important to note that NO ONE IN THE STEP UP COMMUNITY HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19. Our goal is to keep it that way for as long as possible.

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