S.T.E.P.S. in the Right Direction, Inc. is a private, not for profit tax-exempt Florida Corporation, organized in November 2000 to operate exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, as described under the Internal Revenue Code 501(c) (3). S.T.E.P.S. helps strengthen the local communities by delivering the highest quality evidence-based health and human services to the target population groups.
To improve and enhance the quality of life for certain disadvantaged and underserved population groups.
To provide high quality cost effective evidence-based health and human services to its target population groups that are linguistically appropriate and culturally sensitive, and lead them to personal and financial self-sufficiency and independence.
Listed below are the guiding principles that help us stay focused on our organizational mission:
• Apply the highest standards of excellence in financial management and community service;
• Provide a great work environment that is mission-driven and treats all people and resources with respect and dignity;
• Embrace diversity and foster creativity in the workforce, while pursuing optimum benefits of investments in the way we conduct all facets of our organization; Develop enthusiastically participatory consumers all of the time;
• Contribute positively to the communities we serve and to our environment;
• Recognize the importance of community-wide partnerships with elected leadership, funding sources, faith-based partners, community-based partners, and the potential consumers, which are essential to our current and future successes.
Letter from Michael Salem, Co-Founder, President and CEO
Since S.T.E.P.S. in the Right Direction, Inc., opened its doors in 2000, the organization has grown and evolved to meet emerging needs and demand for high quality cost-effective evidence-based health and human services our local and greater community. We set out to help to give south Florida’s working poor and vulnerable with hope for a better tomorrow and to advocate for certain basic human rights for all, and today, we remain active in the community, offering an array of health and human services that others do not offer.
To-date we have assisted thousands of indigents, low-income and working poor older adults, individuals with disabilities, family caregivers, families with children, refugees and other hard-to-serve individuals to further our purpose of existence. We pick-up donations, help install new roofs, ceilings, drywalls, appliances; make needed housing improvements such as install grab bars, ramps, toilets, hand railings, widen doors, bathroom modification and others improvements for the elders or disabled, so they can remain independent within their home-settings; provide parenting tools and facilitate access to parenting education programs and services that keep their children healthy, provide caregiver training and support; and connect the needy to a variety of services and assistance available in their communities.
We help provide refugee population and immigrants timely access to legal services so they can become independent, productive, tax-paying, and contributing citizens of our great nation. In addition to consumer education and disaster mitigation assistance, in times of tragedy and disasters, S.T.E.P.S. has become one of the few community organizations that offer disaster relief, recovery, and long-term recovery provider to help accelerate recovery through timely rebuilding assistance that can families get back on their feet and their communities fully recover.
S.T.E.P.S., its board of directors, and staff constantly monitor and reevaluating community needs so we can help remove certain barriers to access assistance and fill in the gaps.
We know we are making a difference!