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One of the great things about the United States is that a group of community activists and leaders can come together and create an organization that serves the public purpose for a common good. Forming a not-for-profit tax-exempt organization assures preservation of such vision, and helps meet the health and human service needs such as elder services, family preservation, children’s health and safety, and consumer rights.

S.T.E.P.S. in the Right Direction, Inc. (S.T.E.P.S.) was founded in 2000 by Vivian Earline Ledbetter and Michael Salem with the same vision to feed the poor and marginal, restore hope and dignity for the vulnerable and their caregivers, and advocate for basic human rights. Today, S.T.E.P.S. continues to provide high quality cost effective evidence-based health and human services to assist elderly, individuals with disabilities, family caregivers, families with children, indigent and working poor that are linguistically appropriate and culturally sensitive, and lead them to personal and financial self-sufficiency and independence.

STEPS Timeline:

2000 – Receives first grant from the Alliance for Aging (caregivers support)
2001 – Receives the Community Access Project Grant from Jackson Health Systems for basic health care services for uninsured and underinsured people living in Miami-Dade County
2002 – Helps its 100th client
2003 – Announces the award of the first legal services grant in Hialeah to help immigrants
– Partners with U.S. Probation Court to provide community service volunteer opportunities for nonviolent offenders
2004 – Teams up with Miami-Dade County Mayor Alex Penelas on county-wide KidCare enrollment
– Moves to Hialeah office
– Organizes National Victim’s Rights Event
2005 – Organizes the first Hialeah mayor’s flu shot event and every year since
2006 – Receives the Neighbors 4 Neighbors Code of Recognition Award for helping seniors affected by hurricanes Katrina and Wilma
– Receives recognition from Alliance for Aging
2007 – Alliance for Aging selects STEPS as the lead mitigation agency for the Alliance for Agency Inc.
– Miami Dade College honors STEPS for its Contribution for Assisted Living Facilities
– Miami-Dade County honors STEPS for enhancing the quality of life in community.
2008 – Becomes a licensed home health agency.
– Wins bid to provide in-home services to seniors in Monroe County
– Miami-Dade County honors STEPS for its work with St. Vincent de Paul Church
2009 – STEPS receives general contractor’s license
– Miami-Dade County honors organization for improving the quality of life for seniors in Miami-Dade County.
– Wins bid to provide in-home services to seniors in Monroe County