Stepping Out, Inc.

Teaching That Transforms Lives

aka Stepping Out Inc   |   Morristown, TN   |  www.steppingoutinc.org

Mission

Guiding people to a better life

This mission is based in the fact that:
1) People want a better life
2) Their behavior, habits, and (lack of) certain skills are often keeping them from that life
3) Our role is to help them achieve those goals.

We fulfill our mission by teaching people the skills they need to change their thinking and behavior in three categories of life:
i. Emotional Intelligence
ii. Practical and Physical Thriving
iii. Spiritual Maturity and Wholeness

Outcome:
1) Prevent dysfunctional behavior from permeating the next generation.
2) Help participants achieve a self-sustaining lifestyle.

Ruling year info

2000

Executive Director

Mrs. Laura Moore

Assistant Director

Lori Jarnigan

Main address

PO Box 3405

Morristown, TN 37815 USA

Show more contact info

EIN

62-1805992

NTEE code info

Personal Social Services (P50)

Religion Related, Spiritual Development N.E.C. (X99)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Sign in or create an account to view Form(s) 990 for 2019, 2018 and 2017.
Register now

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Many people struggle to change patterns of negative behavior in their life because they have never been taught how. Sometimes, this leads them to say and do things that damage their health, relationships, jobs, and their ability to live the life they want. Many struggle to make a stable life for themselves and their family due to the absence of early childhood training and emotional development. Many lack the emotional intelligence and aptitude to process through negative thoughts which cause them to make inappropriate and unwise choices when faced with everyday problems. Often those choices cause financial difficulty, separation from family, antisocial, co-dependent and destructive behavior. Stepping Out has developed a series of highly engaging courses that teach the practical skills needed to change negative behavior for good. So people can go from feeling overwhelmed, and powerless to feeling fully empowered to reach their goals and live the happy, fulfilled life they desire.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

S.T.E.P.S.

S – Strengthening
T – The
E – Emotional
P – Physical
S – Spiritual

Courses dealing with the Emotional:
A.P.T. – Automatic Positive Thinking
(W.O.)M.E.N. Managing Emotions Non-Violently
Renew Your Mind

Courses dealing with the Physical:
Anger Management
Dollars & $ense
Parenting
Spic-N-Span
Working Wise

Courses dealing with the Spiritual:
Battlefield of the Mind
Heart of the Problem
I Am

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Standards for Excellence 2019

Awards

Service Based Business Award 2015

Chamber of Commerce

Affiliations & memberships

United Way Member Agency 2005

Chamber of Commerce 2002

The ARC of Tennessee 2008

Tennessee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence 2014

The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse 2018

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

S.T.E.P.S.

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Our goal is for each participant to complete the program with the ability to:

1. Express their needs and feelings appropriately
2. Demonstrate active listening and communication skills
3. Practice critical decision making and problem solving
4. Have greater self-esteem and hope for the future
5. Be accountable for their behavior.

During the intake process, our participants take a life skill assessment, and with the help of staff, establish a measurable lifestyle goal. To achieve their goal, participants make a four (4) to six (6) month commitment to complete their personally designed 'Path of Success' consisting of three (3) or more courses. This commitment gives a participant ownership in the learning process which increases participant engagement and strengthens understanding of life/social skills. This translates into creating a more stable and productive individual.

Stepping Out provides prevention education through life skill courses that teach and motivate positive behavior change to anyone looking for an opportunity to improve themselves. Our curriculum is comprised of eleven (11) specifically chosen courses that complement each other because they intertwine and reinforce skills being taught. Each course helps to develop a pattern of positive behavior by teaching participants the critical role attitude plays in their life as well as proven techniques for shifting attitude (negative to positive) which, in turn, shifts behavior. Daytime and nighttime classes are taught by contracted facilitators, staff, and trained volunteers. Participants enroll for classes from a five (5) county (Hamblen, Grainger, Hawkins, Cocke, and Jefferson) area and all classes are provided in our training facility in Hamblen County, Tennessee.

December 7, 2010 -- Stepping Out, Inc. was selected for the 2010 Best of Morristown Award in the Social Services category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA). The USCA "Best of Local Business" recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.

Stepping Out, Inc. received the 2015 Service Based Business Award, from the Morristown Chamber of Commerce. Throughout our 25 years of growth, the driving force has been and always will be to help our participants grow their self-esteem by learning and applying a more positive thinking pattern to their everyday lives.

Over the year we have acquired two (2) new agency partnerships which has allowed us to take our curriculum to individuals who otherwise would not be able to walk through our door.

In April of 2018, Stepping Out was Accredited by the Standards for Excellence®. The Standards for Excellence Institute evaluates fundamental values such as honesty, integrity, fairness, respect, trust, responsibility, and accountability, all of which are inherently important in the nonprofit world. Stepping Out’s programs and services, management, fundraising and financial practices were subjected to in-depth examination prior to earning accreditation.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

Stepping Out, Inc.
lock

Unlock financial insights by subscribing to our monthly plan.

Subscribe

Unlock nonprofit financial insights that will help you make more informed decisions. Try our monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights?
Learn more about GuideStar Pro.

Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

lock

Connect with nonprofit leaders

Subscribe

Build relationships with key people who manage and lead nonprofit organizations with GuideStar Pro. Try a low commitment monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights? Learn More about GuideStar Pro.

lock

Connect with nonprofit leaders

Subscribe

Build relationships with key people who manage and lead nonprofit organizations with GuideStar Pro. Try a low commitment monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights? Learn More about GuideStar Pro.

Stepping Out, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 8/6/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr Steve Amos

First Peoples Bank

Term: 2021 - 2022


Board co-chair

Mrs Aletha Purkey

MATS

Term: 2021 - 2022

Patty Vega

Helen Ross McNabb

Denise Masengill

Retired

Steve Dalton

Weichert

Lisa Grooms

Lakeway Printers

Sherry Cate

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • 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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/06/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data