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Mission Statement

The LifeSTEPS Mission is to strengthen families and communities through educational and social service programs, with a focus on life skills training, education, and supportive services for children, adults, and seniors.


LifeSTEPS, Life Skills Training and Educational Programs, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization. By partnering with property owners and developers, LifeSTEPS provides high quality supportive services to residents of affordable housing. As of 2007, LifeSTEPS serves over 80 senior and multifamily affordable housing complexes throughout California, with an additional presence in Washington state. Who are We? LifeSTEPS is proud of our dedicated, professional staff. Our leaders and field staff have extensive training and experience in social work, gerontology, psychology, and family services. Our caring, diverse staff share a commitment to providing effective programs that help individuals grow and communities prosper. Please click on the Leadership button above for more information about our executive team and Board of Directors. Who do we Serve? We serve a diverse range of people who live in affordable housing. Our clients are primarily low wage earners performing vital jobs in our communities. They also include retired seniors, disabled adults, and children, all living on limited incomes. Many of LifeSTEPS' clients have few resources and fewer options. The services provided by LifeSTEPS help our clients maintain stable housing. Even more, we teach skills that allow people struggling with real-life problems find the confidence to succeed. How do we Serve? LifeSTEPS is privileged to touch the lives of more than 20,000 California residents each day. We have developed a unique and powerful service model to provide a continuity of care to our clients. LifeSTEPS programs meet all federal and state social service requirements. We strive to build programs that positively impact people and communities. Through case management, education, and resource networking, LifeSTEPS fosters community health and growth. There is a difference at properties served by LifeSTEPS: residents grow to know and support each other, children have a safe place to go after school, and clubhouses are a vibrant hub of community activity. Please visit the SERVICES page of our site for further detail and a link to a full list of specific services we provide. Founding Philosophy LifeSTEPS was founded in 1996 by two nonprofits, Riverside Charitable Corporation and Community Housing Assistance Program. The STEP in LifeSTEPS stands for 'Skills Training and Educational Programs' and is the heart of our mission. We believe community development is built 'One STEP at a time.' Our founders believe that building affordable housing is only the first step. It is also essential to provide meaningful programs that empower people to move forward in their lives. 'This we know: the earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.' Chief Seattle 1852





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