A Message From Our President And CEO

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In 2018, over 11,000 services were provided to clients through Step Up Suncoast programs. In 2019, we remain dedicated to our mission as we continue to grow our many services and programs for the families who will need us.

Step Up Suncoast recently conducted and published a comprehensive Community Needs Assessment.  With this information, Step Up Suncoast will refresh it’s Mission, Vision, and Core Values as the agency strategically plans for the next three years.

Step Up Suncoast continues to be committed to breaking the cycle of poverty at the front end through our early childhood programs and services.

The Head Start program delivers outstanding school readiness scores in all its centers, and the staff remains engaged and eager to help our children prepare academically, socially, and emotionally for kindergarten.

Step Up Suncoast offers four home visiting programs. These programs provide creative, quality services delivered in the home to families with children aged six-weeks to five years.

We also continue to provide emergency direct client services to residents in need of utility, rental, mortgage, and food assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and Season of Sharing funding. The Family Self-Sufficiency program provides the support necessary for clients to obtain careers that pay a living wage.

As we celebrate over 50 years of service in the community, we remember the milestones and reflect on our past, but are also inspired and excited by our future. We look to engage the community for their input and support of our mission while we continue our primary focus of empowering families towards long-term economic self-sufficiency.

Thank you for your support,

Barbara Patten
President and CEO of Step Up Suncoast