Compassion - Empowerment - Integrity - Wisdom
With wisdom requested from and given by God, we commit to the core values of compassion, integrity, and empowerment. These values are expressed in our relationships with each other and the community we serve.
"Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience."
- Colossians 3:12
"I can do all things through him who strengthens me."
- Philippians 4:13
"For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of man."
- 2 Corinthians 8:21
"But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere."
- James 3:17
Step Up was formally organized in May of 2015 after the founding board members learned of the significant number of youth in our community aging out of the foster care system. These youth, like other foster youth throughout Michigan, age out of their foster homes at age 18. Less than 50% of former foster youth maintain strong, supportive relationships with their foster families. When they age out, they are expected to live on their own.
We love to share our passion and vision for Step Up and for the lives of young adults in Muskegon County.
What We Are Working Toward
Muskegon County has 400-450 children in foster care. The Step Up board of directors recognizes the unique needs of foster youth as they age out of the foster care system. We are also aware of the significant number of young adults in this same situation who have not been in the foster care system. We are committed to help young adults in Muskegon County become successfully independent.
Step Up’s purpose is to equip and empower young adults with the tools and skills to live self-sufficient, responsible, and productive lives. Our approach provides Christ-centered mentoring, educational guidance, life skills training, and strategic community partnerships.
Additional residential facilities will be added as opportunities and donor funds allow.