Steppingstone Incorporated's Annual Get Steppin’ Walk For The Homeless began in 2003 as a fund raising effort, with proceeds helping the homeless population in Fall River, MA. In 2004, Steppingstone took the next step in helping the homeless. Assuming operations of the City of Fall River’s homeless shelter, the agency was able to provide case management services and make referrals to treatment for those homeless clients with substance abuse and/or mental health issues.
Operating on a shoestring, the needs of this group soon surpassed the budget. Heavy snow, dangerously cold weather and other inclement weather conditions forced the agency to operate the shelter program 24 hours a day for sustained periods of time.
As a result, the program and the agency struggled financially and was forced to seek innovative ways of funding the homeless shelter. After searching through many ideas, a fund raising walk was put into place and over the years, the citizens of the Greater Fall River Area and our Sponsors have helped to keep the shelter open and provide warm beds and food to the homeless of the area.