Stepping Stone appoints program, development staff

Julie Jeppson has been named development director and Laurel Miller has been named program director of Stepping Stone Emergency Housing.

Julie Jeppson, development director
Julie Jeppson, development director

Together, Jeppson and Miller support Stepping Stone Emergency Housing’s mission of being a part of the solution to solve homelessness in Anoka County.

“Laurel and Julie are valuable assets to Stepping Stone Emergency Housing,” said Stepping Stone’s president Dan Jaeger.

“While Laurel has provided calm leadership in a time of transition, Julie brings new energy and creative thinking that will help promote our mission during this time of significant growth.

Between Laurel, Julie and Kevin [Martineau], Stepping Stone’s executive director, the board and I know that our future is in very good hands.”

During Jeppson’s 15-year career, she has worked in both professional and traditional non-profit associations including American Galvanizers Association, InFlight Food Service Association, Mediation Services for Anoka County and St. Philip’s Lutheran Church.

While Jeppson has lived in Blaine for almost 10 years, Miller is a longtime resident of Anoka County.

She is a licensed social worker with more than 25 years of experience in providing housing and services to persons experiencing homelessness.

Laurel Miller, program director
Laurel Miller, program director

Miller has previously served in the capacities as case manager, program director and executive director for other non-profit agencies.

Prior to being named program and development directors, Miller and Jeppson were integral during Stepping Stone Emergency Housing’s recent transition, Jaeger said.

According to Jeppson and Miller, they are passionate about Stepping Stone and the work that they do with guests, encouraging and supporting them towards self-sufficiency.

Stepping Stone Emergency Housing is an organization that is actually doing something for people, not just talking about it, Jeppson said.

“Though their roles may vary, Laurel and Julie bring strength, knowledge and teamwork to the shelter that is palpable,” Martineau said.

As development director, Jeppson will implement various fundraising strategies, promote Stepping Stone’s needs and encourage neighboring communities to end homelessness in Anoka County.

Miller’s focus, as program director, will be on making sure that Stepping Stone provides its guests with the best services possible, supports each guest with their individual needs and implements the most up to date resources to steer guest toward self-sufficiency.

Stepping Stone Emergency Housing is the only homeless shelter in Anoka County that accepts single homeless adults. It began serving homeless adults in 1994 under the management of Shiloh Ministries and in 2005 received non-profit status with a board of directors appointed in 2007.

In September 2012, Stepping Stone moved from its 16-bed facility on Ferry Street in Anoka to the Cronin Building on the former state hospital grounds.

It is now able to serve up to 45 men and women with plans to have beds for 60 single adults in the future. The facility is staffed 24 hours a day seven days a week.

According to its website, in addition to shelter, Stepping Stone also provides mentoring and life skills training for all guests residents to promote long-term life success.

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