Strategies To Elevate People (Step)

Tim Cole

STEP is a bridge ministry, existing to connect the poor and marginalized in the inner city (primarily in the Gilpin Court public housing community) with the people and resources of the church. Through practical, relational programming in the areas of employment, education and evangelism, STEP works to break the bonds of physical and spiritual poverty by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

STEP programs include:

  • Victory Reading, an after-school program helping children aged kindergarten through 3rd grade with reading skills development. 
  • Summer Enrichment, providing educational enrichment activities, hands-on creative activities, and field trips for children aged kindergarten through 9th grade. Activity leaders and chaperones needed. 
  • Vacation Bible school, a diverse gathering of children from Gilpin Court and STEP partner churches where children have fun learning about God. 
  • Jobs for Life, a 16-session, biblically based, soft skills, work readiness and mentoring program provided to adults living in Gilpin Court. 
  • The Christmas Store, offering parents and caretakers of children living in Gilpin Court and other low-income communities an affordable and dignified opportunity to purchase Christmas gifts for their children. 
  • Back to School, in partnership with the Richmond Police Department, providing backpacks filled with school supplies to children living in Gilpin Court.

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