FOOTSTEPS MISSIONS

Changing the world one step at a time

aka Footsteps   |   Mountain View, CA   |  www.footstepsmissions.org

Mission

Footsteps Missions is a nonprofit organization that connects people around the world with partners in developing countries who can use their help training, and administration to help create meaningful short-term mission trips that will both meet the "real" needs of those being served and empower the lives of those serving.

Ruling year info

2002

President

Daryl Smithgall

Chief Operating Officer

Jocelyn Juliao Clark

Main address

PO Box 390938

Mountain View, CA 94039 USA

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EIN

94-3321695

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Protestant (X21)

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DISCOVERY TRIPS

Footsteps Missions provides a variety of service oriented trips to developing countries like Honduras where participants can immerse into the local culture, and help with education and light-construction related projects to benefit economic orphans. Footsteps Missions provides leadership, and participant training workshops to prepare participants for working abroad.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Extremely poor people

Our Garden of Love & Hope Children’s Centers focus on supporting economic orphans using a holistic approach that not only provides children in need with nutritious meals, clothing, and medical attention, but also addresses their educational and spiritual needs in a safe, supportive Christ-centered environment. Between our two centers, we are currently serving 100 children and their families.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Extremely poor people

Many children in Honduras are living in very rural mountainous areas and have no choice but to stop their education after the 6th grade due to no access to, or no economic stability for transportation to access higher education. Our vision is to create a temporary home for 16+ children that live in these poverty-stricken rural communities and provide them with a healthy, safe and spiritually filled environment for them to live in while accessing higher education. Since there is a leadership vacuum that happens in Honduras as a result of a lack of education, we feel this will encourage some of tomorrow’s leaders to focus on helping the more rural, impoverished communities.

Population(s) Served

In learning of the economic hardships and negative influences that our youth are exposed to on a daily basis, even after graduating from high school, God has expanded our vision to continue serving those that have graduated from our Garden of Love and Hope Center programs. We do this by using our resources to train and guide youth that are hungry for opportunities to help further develop their professional skills and spiritual walk with God. All of our projects not only help to continue building leadership, professional skills, and disciples of God, but also offer ways for youth to earn income to help pay for their college tuition. Currently we have three projects dedicated to the continued growth of our youth: Coffee/Pizza Shop (Selva Cafe), Beauty Salon (Divine Transformation Salon), and various Construction Projects.

Population(s) Served

Forty percent of Honduran children are malnourished and are unable to access affordable medical attention, accounting for more than half their deaths, and only about 20% of all population can afford dental care. In recognizing the need, Footsteps Missions has begun construction for La Luz de Isaiah Children’s Medical & Dental Clinic, which will directly serve the medical and dental needs of all the Footsteps Missions children as well as impoverished families in surrounding communities that cannot afford quality and timely health care.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Children and youth
Children and youth

Coffee is one of the main sources of income for extremely poor people in Honduras. The coffee industry in Honduras was devastated in 2020 after two severe hurricanes hit the country and destroyed the crops. The economic effects of this are long lasting since it takes 4-5 years to get the first harvest of coffee. In response to the destruction that the hurricanes left, Footsteps Missions purchased land to be used as a farming initiative with the purpose of helping families both in the immediate future and for long term support (by providing a portion of the crops to help them). This project is being set up with local input with the intent of it being a self-sustaining project.

Population(s) Served
Extremely poor people
Extremely poor people
Extremely poor people
Extremely poor people
Adults
Adolescents

Footsteps’ Cross Cultural Learning Camps help children in a variety of countries in a camp-like setting to improve their English skills, enhance character development, and expand global understanding. Cross Cultural Learning Camps offer volunteer teams a chance to help with a specific need learning English while also getting a chance to share important values and learn from each other’s cultures. Camps are about friendships, learning, and fellowship.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Help improve the quality of life for economic orphans
Equip volunteers to serve internationally with purpose
Help improve English skills

We implemented several programs to reach our strategic goals:
1) Discovery Trips: service oriented trips to developing countries like Honduras where participants can immerse into the local culture, and help with education and light-construction related projects to benefit economic orphans.
2) Garden Of Love And Hope Centers: our Children’s Centers focus on supporting economic orphans using a holistic approach that not only provides children in need with nutritious meals, clothing, and medical attention, but also addresses their educational and spiritual needs in a safe, supportive Christ-centered environment.
3) Girl’s Residential Home: temporary home for 16+ children that live in poverty-stricken rural communities without access to schools.
4) Job Skills Training Center: provide older kids as with leadership and professional skills, and ways for them earn income to help pay for their college tuition.
5) Dental/Medical Clinic: directly serve the medical and dental needs of all the Footsteps Missions children as well as impoverished families in surrounding communities that cannot afford quality and timely health care.
6) Farming Co-Op: Purchased land to be used as a farming initiative with the purpose of helping families both in the immediate future and for long term support by providing a portion of the crops to help them.
7) English As A Second Language Camps: help children in a variety of countries in a camp-like setting to improve their English skills, enhance character development, and expand global understanding.





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FOOTSTEPS MISSIONS

Board of directors
as of 10/10/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

John Patrick Riemenschnitter

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John Riemenschnitter

Daryl Smithgall

Sidney Newcomb

Jennifer McClellan

Erinn Proehl

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

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White/Caucasian/European
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Male
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Female
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