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Directly impact the lives of those experiencing mental health conditions and homelessness!


Step Up remains open and continues to provide services like counseling, case management, meals and showers to people experiencing homelessness and a mental health condition during this time.   While we are not engaging volunteers in person due to social distancing recommendations for the month of April 2020YOUR HELP IS STILL NEEDED!  Take a look at what you can do right now: 

Contact Community Engagement Coordinator Carolyn Healy at [email protected] for more details on current volunteer needs


The best way to help Step Up at this time is to contribute to our pool of unrestricted funds. This allows the agency to be flexible and responsive to directing funds to the areas it is needed most.


These items are essential to our continuing outreach and are even more vital during the COVID-19 pandemic.


We are continuing to move members into housing and we need to welcome them to their new home with these items


If you have specialized skills or knowledge to share, please consider volunteering to create a webinar or ongoing virtual class to teach mindfulness, arts and crafts, yoga, writing and more.  Step Up staff and members are working to stay connected and engaged during this time and would love this support! Contact [email protected] to find out how.


Run a Donation Drive

DP Staff with Kits

Run a Donation Drive

You can help our members by organizing a donation drive today! We need Welcome Kits for new members and Hygiene Kits for those currently experiencing homelessness. In-kind donations of gently used clothing, non-perishable food and supermarket gift cards are always welcomed!

Host a Dinner or Holiday Event

Staff at 209 Christmas Event

Host a Dinner or Holiday Event

Have your group sponsor and coordinate a dinner or holiday party for residents! You can bring a fun social event to members at one of our locations!

Build a Group Service Day

Group Service Day

Build a Group Service Day

We offer the option to build a service day that includes gardening or a donation drive. We include fun team building and educational activities for your office, service group, faith group or school! Come take action and learn!

Lead a Cooking Group

Cooking Group

Lead a Cooking Group

Cook your favorite recipe in one of our buildings in a shared community kitchen. You can share important life skills with our members and bring a smile to everyone’s face.


Garden Volunteers


Volunteer in one of our urban gardens and contribute to growing food and developing usable outdoor spaces with members and staff!

Create Your Own Pro-Bono Project

Pro-Bono Projects

Create Your Own Pro-Bono Project

Share your professional skills by leading a project with members or staff. Contact us regarding current opportunities for event planning, horticulture, arts and crafts, interior design and more!

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:  Please fill in our online application so that we know a little more about your interests and availability.    

  • Step Up encourages team volunteering via your office, school, service group or faith group.  Tell us about your organization in the Volunteer Notes.    
  • You must be over 18 to volunteer as an individual at Step Up.  Individual volunteer opportunities take place during business hours on weekdays at our permanent supportive housing locations in Santa Monica, the West Los Angeles VA Campus, and Hollywood.   
  • Once submitted, we’ll contact you to discuss current volunteer options, upcoming building tours and orientations.  Thank you!

CLINICAL INTERNSHIPS:  If you are a student interested in a clinical internship, Step Up provides placements for MSW Interns, MFT Trainees, OT Interns, Art Therapy students, and Peer Interns. Please contact Rachael Radis directly for more information.  [email protected] 

Contact: Community Engagement Coordinator Carolyn Healy

(310) 696-4510 ext.2245  |  [email protected]

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