Read comments and testimonials from individuals whose lives have been impacted through Step by Step:

Step by Step is an incredible example of how accessing community support from multiple angles (churches, schools, WIC, doctors, neighborhoods, etc.) can help a family succeed. None of us can raise a family alone. We all need support. Step by Step helps women and children get the support they need through relationship without enabling destructive behavior.
— Kate L., King 5’s Best of Washington Voter

I am married now and my daughter is going to be one in October. She is amazing and so very smart! The work you do is great. You always made me feel so comfortable, never did I feel like a charity case or less of a person the way some people can make you feel when you need help. My husband and I receive no assistance, we are finally stable and a lot of that is due to your helping hand. I am very grateful to you and the whole Step by Step program. Thank you!
— Nina, Previous Client

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Because of my lack of education, finances, resources, and the abuse I saw inflicted on my mother by my father growing up my whole life, I just didn’t know how to get out! I became involved with the Step by Step program approximately ten years ago and never knew in a million years how much this agency would change my life.

If it hadn’t been for Step by Step helping me get safe and build my self-esteem, I don’t know where I would be today. These ladies have never given up on me, even when I have given up on myself. I have found a family in this agency that has given me “Godly” love that is consistent, tough, and real. For this I am forever grateful. My relationship with this agency has been the match that has lit the fire in me and has helped me to finally find my passion in life, what I am here to do.”

Thank you. I could not have done it without you.
— Abril, Previous Client

I was 16 years old when I had my first child. Step by Step helped me get medical [insurance] and encouraged me to finish school. They helped me with my job search and encouraged me to better myself for my kids. My case manager supported me through all my good times and bad times.
— K.C., Previous Client
Step by Step has made a difference in my family’s life. When we had our first child, Step by Step was the greatest help. New parents are scared, worried, and unknowing in so many ways. Our caseworker stabilized our fears by reaffirming our readiness for parenthood and providing guidance.
— S.W., Previous Client

Our Step by Step nurse is literally a lifesaver! She came to my home the day after my baby was born and did her normal check up. In doing so, she heard a heart murmur that later was diagnosed as transposed arteries. She has always been a huge support to our family and we are blessed to have her.
— A.R., Previous Client

Step by Step gave me hope, for my family and I. They encouraged me, showed me my strengths and gave my family a donated van - with 3 autistic boys and a newborn - for medical appointments and their special health needs. They helped when no one else, or no other agency could. THEY’RE MY ROCK.
— M.D.P., Previous Client
I have been connected to so many resources that I never would have heard about unless in the [Step by Step] program. The support has helped encourage my relationships with my significant other and helped with my new relationship to my son. For me, the stress of building a family has been smoother than I ever imagined.
— J.C., Previous Client

One of the counselors helped me in a big way in my time of need. I was a pregnant teen living in a hotel with my boyfriend. She went out of her way to support me and gave the best advice. I am now 26-years-old, been married for 6 years, and have two kids! I got my GED and now I am in college!!! I owe it all to Step by Step. I got my first house because of the resources they had for me as a teen mother. I told many young mothers about the program because of how it has changed my life!
— T., Previous Client

Step By Step provided me support when no one else would.
— T.M., Previous Client
Step by Step helped me through two pregnancies and I am not sure how I would have made it through without them. They encouraged me and helped me through very scary times.
— S.R., Previous Client

I had such a great time and was overwhelmed by the generosity and kindness of Step by Step. I am still surprised at how I went from being unprepared with hardly anything for a baby to mostly prepared in such a short time. It’s taken a huge load off our shoulders and [we] feel more confident in continuing on our path to parenthood.
— Previous Client

Step By Step was there for me when I needed it most.
— K.F., Previous Client
It’s been nice having the support of someone who really listens and understands what you are going through.
— L.C., Previous Client

Step By Step has impacted my life in so many ways! They gave me support finding housing and other resources and helped me build relationships within the community. Without Step By Step, I wouldn’t be where I am today! I love these ladies. Thank you for your help and wonderful support!
— R.B., Previous Client

Step By Step has made me accountable in my life. I appreciate having someone to talk to and to guide me. Thank you!
— A.S., Previous Client
Step By Step has taught me that there are people who care. There is help out there and you can accomplish your goals.
— L.R., Previous Client

I received a family photo from Step By Step’s Christmas party. We have never had one before. Step By Step has been very helpful to me, especially with filling out all the DSHS paperwork. I love that my caseworker comes to my house for meetings.
— A.R., Previous Client

Step By Step has helped me in so many ways. I will always be grateful for their support.
— J.P., Previous Client
Step By Step has helped me give a good life to my child.
— K.C., Previous Client

You guys are wonderful. Thanks for blessing my life with the work you do. I appreciate all the wonderful counselors and nurses. I made a great friend out of it. My case manager Cheri is awesome!
— A.K., Previous Client


Dear Jeannie,

It’s Elizabeth. Sorry I’ve been out of touch for so long, but so much has changed. Dahliah is happy and healthy and growing fast. Physically, she’s doing well. She’s been walking since she was about 8 months old. She has favorite songs that she dances to, and she dances all the time. She is more than I ever hoped and she is my absolutely precious Dahliah.

As for me, things were really bad in February of 2011. Anytime I had money, KC would fight me until it went to alcohol or his drugs. When I told him I was going to college, that I would be successful enough to care for the baby, and nothing was going to stand in my way, the tide turned. We were constantly at each others throats, and he effectively kept me from moving out. He often kept me from leaving by taking the baby away from me and telling me that I could leave but I couldn’t take her with me. This terrified me. I knew I couldn’t leave her alone with him.

Finally, I had enough. While he was gone, I packed as much of Dahliah’s stuff as I could carry and I left. I’m now living in north Seattle, where I am in school, and I’ll be graduating in a couple of months. By April, I will be a Certified Pharmacy Technician in Washington State; hopefully working full time. I can honestly say I have never been this happy. I have never felt this confident about my future and the future I can provide for Dahliah. Nothing has ever been this bright for me and it’s just getting better.

I want to thank you for everything you did for me when I was trying so hard to keep it together. I didn’t have much of a support network, no matter how badly I tried to convince myself and the people around me otherwise. The truth is, I was wonderfully reassured by knowing I could call on you. It meant a lot to me knowing that you were there. You are a wonderful person and the work you do makes you priceless to society. If it weren’t for good people like you Jeannie, single hopeless moms like me a year ago, wouldn’t have the strength or confidence to graduate from college while raising a happy, healthy, not abused little girl while being drug and alcohol free.

You really are priceless.

Thank you so much.