On Oct. 31, Steps to End Poverty of McPherson County received a $500 donation from the Smoky Valley High School Student Council.
“I think this is an especially neat example of young folks being generous and serving those in their community who are struggling to get by,” STEPMC Director Austin Regier said.
STEPMC is a non-profit, poverty-reduction initiative in McPherson County founded in 2010. The program focuses on building community, creating connections and fostering support for those in need.
STEPMC is a non-profit that seeks to walk alongside people until they are out of poverty. We do this by forming a community around those in our program, fostering connections, and creating pathways of opportunity and success,” Regier said. “STEPMC creates a framework for people to build relationships across economic and class lines in order to transform lives.”
The organization works to reduce poverty within the county with a belief that the responsibility for both poverty and prosperity rests not only in the hands of individuals, but also with societies, institutions, and communities.
“Many organizations provide concrete resources (rent assistance, food, clothing, etc.),” Regier explained. “This is incredibly important, and STEPMC tries to compliment these organizations by providing non-concrete resources (relationships, social capital, educational resources, etc.) to create a long term solution to poverty.”
Families and individuals enroll in the STEPMC program which includes training on economic stability and financial independence. Through a network of team leaders, volunteers and team partners, those enrolled build connections, learn strategies and broaden their peer network in an effort to improve their circumstances. The organization meets every week as a support and educational outlet. During these sessions they provide a community sponsored meal, childcare, and an educational and/or supportive program for those who are struggling.
“It really is all about relationships,” Regier said. “I believe in the power of people working together, and I recognize that when we all do better, we all do better.”
For more information on the program to either volunteer or receive assistance contact Austin Regier at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 620-241-9011.