700 Locust St, Lower Level
Dubuque, IA 52001 563.557.3774
By Appointment Only
Free Deck Parking Available
Easily Accessible by Green Line (myride.cityofdubuque.org)
Transportation may be available for those who need it. (24-hour advance notice required)
Stepping Stones is a mentoring ministry of Hope Church. Our purpose is to respond to the material, educational, emotional and spiritual needs of families. We mentor women who are pregnant, parents who have children ages 0-4 years old and couples struggling with relationship and parenting issues. The ministry provides mentors who provide empowering tools through videos, educational materials, parenting support and resources as well as spiritual guidance.
Christian Mentors work with clients by appointment on a weekly or every other week basis showing them God's love and working through materials that fit their specific needs. Mentors are able to assist them in the following ways:
Educational training to encourage healthy parenting and relationship techniques.
Material needs are met as clients earn “Baby Bucks” to buy diapers, clothes and other items from the on-site shop. They earn “Baby Bucks” by attending appointments, participating in discussions and completing lessons.
Emotional support as the mentors and clients develop relationships which provide empathy, understanding, and reassurance to promote strong families.
Spiritual outreach and sharing about how much God loves them is our primary focus. Mentors show their love for others by providing faith-based lessons to encourage discussions about Jesus.
Stepping Stones Ministry:
Stepping Stones is a volunteer-based ministry dependent on Christians who are graciously giving of their time, talents and gifts “to use the life God has given them to provide others a way to have a spiritual life. They turn to those in need and choose to be like Christ. Our mentors want to give it forward, whatever’s in their hands, they want holy more than hollow, and want the abundant life of loving the ones with the least, the lonely, and the lost. The world needs people
who will choose to resist the skeptical indifference of others by making a critical difference in the world.” This excerpt is taken from The Broken Way by Ann Voskamp. Copyright © 2016 by Ann Voskamp.
What You Can Expect
Create lasting friendships.
Discuss and problem solve parenting issues.
Talk about ongoing struggles.
Feel the love and grace of Jesus Christ.
Meet and connect with understanding and caring people.
How It Works
At Stepping Stones, we are intentional about helping you be the best parent you can be, and we believe that relationships are the best environment for creating sustainable healthy life choices. Families with young children earn supplies through an atmosphere of teaching and learning. By attending weekly or bi-weekly appointments with their trained mentor, parents/caregivers are able to take advantage of educational opportunities through Earn While You Learn curriculum lessons, budgeting, Bible studies, and book studies. As families learn, they earn “Baby Bucks” to spend at our on-site shop before and after scheduled appointments.
The earned “Baby Bucks” allow families to buy items provided in our on-site
store. Items frequently available at the store:
Clothing sizes 0-4T
Cribs and mattresses
Dubuque Area Resources
Substance Abuse (SASC), 563-582- 3784
Iowa Legal Aid, 563-588- 4653/800-532- 1275
DBQ City Housing, 563-589- 4230
DBQ County Housing, 563-556- 4166
Hillcrest Wellness Center, 563-690- 1239
Hillcrest/Counseling, 563-582- 0145
Crossroads Counseling, 563-556- 0699
Riverview Sexual Assault, 563-557- 0310
Dept. Human Services, 563-557- 8251
DBQ Police/Sheriff Dispatch, 563-589- 4414
DBQ County Attorney, 563-589- 4470
Operation New View, 563-556- 5130
DBQ Food Pantry, 563-583- 4440
St. Johns Closet/Almost Home, 563-495- 1052
Mercy Turning Point, 563-589- 8290
The Jule, 563-589- 4196
RTA-Regional Transit Authority, 563-588- 4592/800-839- 5005
Four Oaks Parents as Teachers, 563-557- 3100
YM/YWCA Victim Services Shelter, 563-556- 1100/800-332- 5899
Cedar Valley Friends of the Family, 563-590- 0537/800-410- 7233
God’s love is not based on us, who we are, what we do, but rather it has been placed on us through His Grace. Lysa Terkeurst, How to Fix Trust Issues
She Reads Truth; She Reads Truth (shereadstruth.com), began in 2012, a handful of strangers began reading God’s Word together every day, staying connected with the hashtag #SheReadsTruth. This hashtag gave way to a website, which gave way to an app, and the movement continues to grow. Today, hundreds of thousands of women gather online to open our Bibles together and find Jesus there.
What Makes You Come Alive?
by John Eldredge from Wild at Heart
Ann Voskamp, The Broken Way, A Daring Path Into the Abundant Life. The Gospel presented in a new way for desperate Christians in need of a renewed revelation of the Grace of God.
Sarah Young, Jesus Always. No matter what is happening today in our lives or in this broken world, Jesus Christ remains unchanging. He is the same and He has already won the war to end all wars. We are victorious through Him.
365 Devotions For Hope, by Karen Whiting. 365 Devotions for Hope shares the simple but profound message that when we know God, we are filled with hope, peace, and fulfillment directly from Him.
10 Principles for Studying Your Bible, Dr. Charles Stanley. Applying God’s Promises to Your Life.
Unashamed, Christine Caine. What Jesus Says About Women: You Are Not “Less Than”.
Fight Back with Joy, Margaret Feinberg. Through vulnerable storytelling, a difficult diagnosis, and a good dose of humor, Fight Back with Joy will help you expand your joy threshold by awakening to God’s fierce love for you, escape fear and regret by applying biblical strategies to whatever crisis you’re facing, overcome depression as you reignite your imagination for laughter and celebration, and rise above endless demands and become more winsome, cheerful, and thankful.
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