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Stepping Stones of Rockford, Inc

Improving Lives One Step at a Time

aka Stepping Stones, SSRINC   |   Rockford, IL   |  https://steppingstonesrockford.org

Mission

MISSION: Improving Lives One Step at a Time. We live our mission every day of the year. We strive to help those we serve make improvements in their lives and we do it one step at a time. We work with our clients as they face the challenges of day-to-day recovery. We encourage them to develop who they are, to seek independence and to build confidence as they live in the community. Vision: Stepping Stones will build and maintain an organization that can continue our specialized work to provide a broad array of high quality, cost effective services which will enable us to try to serve those individuals with mental or emotional illnesses who have not been successfully served elsewhere.

Ruling year info

1973

CEO

Ms. Susan Schroeder

Main address

706 N Main St

Rockford, IL 61103 USA

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EIN

36-2693681

NTEE code info

Group Home, Residential Treatment Facility - Mental Health Related (F33)

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Quality residential mental health treatment for adults is difficult, if not impossible, to secure in the Rockford IL area. Stepping Stones of Rockford strives to fill that gap by providing premiere residential mental health treatment for adults with serious mental illness in Rockford IL (Winnebago County) and surrounding areas. We aim to expand residential mental health services and increase availability of residential sites so we may accommodate more clients and meet the community's needs.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Supervised and Supported Mental Health Services for Adults with Chronic Mental Illness

Stepping Stones provides all sorts of mental health services within a residential setting. Our agency's focus is definitely on residential services, both supervised and supported... but, did you know we also provide services in the community? Persons served may live in:
an agency-owned group home with 24-hour staffing;stonefound
a supervised apartment complex with 24-hour staffing;
an agency apartment complex with daytime staffing;
an agency-owned apartment without staffing on-site; or,
a community apartment/residence in Winnebago County.
Services available at Stepping Stones include:
Psychiatric Services;
Medication Observation;
Medication Training;
Mental Health Case Management;
Mental Health Client-Centered Consultation;
Community Support Services;
Community Support Groups;
Individual and Group Counseling;
Linkage and Referral.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goal is to increase opportunity for provision of quality residential mental health services in Winnebago County, IL and surrounding areas. We need to secure new housing locations and opportunities, including group home, supported and apartment settings. Due to expansion, we also need to find a new home for our Main Office. This means we must secure financial ability to do so!

Because there is such a shortage of residential mental health services for Adults in Winnebago County, IL and surrounding areas, we are working to increase capacity for residential housing by seeking donations, grants and other financial opportunities.

In order to increase our visibility, we created a new website with a local company (KMK Media Group). In addition, a new position, Development Manager, was created at the agency to ensure the "word" gets out about Stepping Stones of Rockford. Previous to this new position, there was no coordinated effort to ensure Stepping Stones didn't remain "a best kept secret," a description often used when people learn of our agency and services.

In order to feature our agency, we held a fundraiser/dinner for our 50th anniversary in 2019. Music, silent auction, awards and dinner were part of this very fun evening.

We are incredibly fortunate to work closely with NAMI Northern Illinois. This allows us the opportunity to advocate, educate and participate in our community. In addition, we strive to build partnerships with area agency providers.

We are new to social media but we are working to have a strong presence on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. An agency newsletter will help get the word out, too.

And yes, it's true: We held a GoFundMe fundraiser to secure a new roof for one of our group homes! That's a step in the right direction.

COVID 19 put quite the damper on fundraising at Stepping Stones. As was true for many nonprofits in our area, we had to cancel our planned fundraiser. We had looked forward to a dinner, silent auction and guest speaker Victor Rivas Rivers in late September/early October, but COVID 19 had other ideas! Instead of this event, we spent our time finding supplies, creating policy and procedure, training and securing technology for our residential sites so clients and staff could remain safe, engaged and in treatment during the pandemic.

We are new to development, fundraising, seeking donations and identifying opportunities to make growth a reality. Attending training, joining groups and meeting with peers in the community proves to be a step in the right direction. Having a Development Manager increases the chance of coordinating efforts. We have MUCH to learn but we are on our way to increasing the size of the agency and expanding the opportunity for residential housing for adults with chronic mental illness.

As previously described, we've created a Development Manager position, applied for grants, increased visibility on the Internet, held a 50th anniversary dinner/celebration and even held a GoFund Me campaign to raise money to buy a new roof for one of our group homes.

Financials

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Operations

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Stepping Stones of Rockford, Inc

Board of directors
as of 06/30/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Joe Clinton III

Jessica Cushard

Sherry Guamond

Tim Kane

Imogene Rowland

Joe Capone

Eric Magnuson

Kathy Ricotta

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/30/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data