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PURPOSE STATEMENT

Stepping Stones for Veterans, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization located at 332 West 11th Street, Anderson, Indiana  46016-1330.  The program’s purpose is to provide transitional housing to homeless, and/or chemically dependent Veterans, some of which may have a coinciding mental illness.  In support of this program, Stepping Stones strives to assist this population in returning to, or creating happy, productive, substance-free lives by providing alcohol and drug education opportunities; AA/NA/GA/CA recovery program meetings; personal growth experience; individual, group and family therapy as well as constructive recreational activities. 

In addition Stepping Stones for Veterans, Inc. maintains a drug and alcohol free community proactively testing daily with randomly administered drug and alcohol screening.

“The Serenity Prayer”

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and the  wisdom to know the difference.

PROGRAM  GOALS

1. To help homeless and/or dually diagnosed Veterans, some of which may have PTSD [Post Traumatic Stress Disorder] or serious mental illness, establish happy, productive lives.

2. To help this population understand and modify patterns of behavior improving relationship to themselves and changing self-conception for others.

3. To help develop a sense of positive self-images and to foster dependence upon personal strengths, rather than alcohol and street drugs.

4. To punctuate the seriousness of alcohol and/or drug dependence and to aid in solving or avoiding problems leading to the use of such substances.

5. In providing transitional facilities for chemically dependent adults with increasingly positive environments motivate clients toward self-sufficiency.

With the help of a dedicated team of professionals, these vets are given an opportunity to turn their lives around. But the change has to start with the veterans themselves. Stepping Stones just instills the belief that they can do better. Our  Director and Founder says this:  “You have to be willing to change, and change is an on-going process.” The residents who make that commitment have taken the first step toward complete self-sufficiency and contributing once more to society. Thanks to Stepping Stones, other veterans have learned to accept situations that have gone wrong in their lives and are willing to take the steps toward change, “This was something I had to do,” reflects veteran, “not something I wanted to do. Life happens, and the way you deal with it is what makes the difference.”

Mission

The Mission of Stepping Stones for Veterans, Inc. is to restore dignity and to provide individuals and family's to become self-sufficient.

Programs

To meet our mission at Stepping Stones we have a number of programs that we use:

  •  Individualized counseling

  •  Group counseling

  •  Life skills program

  •  Self-assessment

  •  Recreation therapy

  •  Self-esteem building

  •  Enrichment

  •  Employment skills training

  •  Volunteer services

  •  Legal assistance

  •  Veteran affairs assistance

  •  Chaplain programs