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Imagine a world where everyone has a home,
a job, and a supportive community!

Click the links below to Sign-Up to AmazonSmile or Ralphs!

The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to Step Up. Make sure you are signed up and you shop here (

Just sign-up and every time you swipe your rewards card, Ralph’s will donate up to 4% of your purchase to Step Up. Sign into your account or create an account at and designate Step Up on Second (Organization number ET322).

AmazonSmile Foundation

Will donate 0.5%.

Giving Program

Will donate up to 4%.

Step Up’s operations has increased three-fold since 2015. The number of staff working collectively to support individuals with mental health conditions and those experiencing homelessness is now over 200 in four Southern California counties: Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino. Step Up will add services to Atlanta, GA in 2018 and in Sanford, FL in 2019. The bulk of Step Up’s operating budget is secured with government grants, but there is a gap in funding to support all needs of the agency and the individuals it serves.

Each fiscal year, Step Up must secure a minimum of 10% of its operating budget in private funding.

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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