Roshek Building

700 Locust St, Lower Level

Dubuque, IA 52001 563.557.3774

Office Hours

By Appointment Only

Free Deck Parking Available

Easily Accessible by Green Line (

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.



Services Offered:

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.



“Baby Bucks”

The earned “Baby Bucks” allow families to buy items provided in our on-site

store. Items frequently available at the store:

  • Diapers

  • Wipes

  • Lotion

  • Strollers

  • High Chairs

  • Linens

  • 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

Christian Resources

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 (, 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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How You Can Help



We depend on donations to supply the on-site shop. We are especially in need of diapers as they are the most & bought item. We give out layettes to clients after their baby is born, much to the client' delight. We welcome you to come visit and see what God is doing. Please call us at 563.557.3774 to find out about our hours and to get directions. 


Donations of diapers (esp. size 1&3), pull-ups (size 2-3T), wipes, gently used clothes (4T & below), baby care items such as shampoo, bottles, bibs, formula, etc. and baby furniture. We cannot accept car seats, drop side cribs and used toys.

  • We need new small to medium sized stuffed animals for the layette baskets!

  • Gift cards from Target and Walmart are welcome, so we can buy needed items for the shop. Discount coupons for diapers & baby items are also welcome.

  • You may drop-off items at Hope's Kennedy Campus office before/after weekend services or during weekly business hours. You can also drop off items at Stepping Stones located in the lower level of the Roshek Building before/after service or during the week, but please call ahead to arrange a time when someone will be available.


Mentors – Those who are walking with Christ who have a desire to serve others with compassion, enjoy helping people from diverse backgrounds and cultures and are willing to provide the love of Christ with those who are searching. Mentors use faith based curriculums, and meet with clients at the Roshek Building for one hour per week or every other week. Please pray about being a mentor to this ministry and then fill out an application. A background check is required as well as completing four hours of training.


Receptionists – Those who have compassionate and caring qualities, who listen well and have a desire to provide help to those in need. Having basic phone, office & computer skills are needed. Being able to help one hour per week or partner with someone else to share responsibilities to work with mentors’ schedules in order to perform duties as needed. An application and background check required as well as completing one hour of training.

Drivers – Those who are kindhearted and have the ability to listen empathetically to those in need. A legal driver's license & flexible time schedule are needed. An application and background check are required as well as completing one hour of training.


Download your forms here or call the Stepping Stones office to pick them up: 

Application  (return via email to or drop off at the Church Office)

* Background check needed after you complete training.

Spiritual Needs

Join in prayer. Please pray for our ministry to grow; our ministry needs more mentors, office help drivers. God works mightily through the prayers of His people.

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