Who We Are

Our History

Stepping Stone Shelter began providing services in Spring of 1983 with one paid staff person and a small group of trained volunteers. This program was aimed to provide services 24 hours per day. This was quite a challenging task at the time with such a small staff and pool of volunteers. It was not until 1987 that the program received adequate funding to appoint staff to provide around the clock crisis coverage.

On July 1, 1990, Stepping Stone Shelter, Inc. became its own non-profit agency. The former Advisory Committee was incorporated into that and became the new Board of Directors for our agency.

On August 10, 1992, the LaPorte County Board of Commissioners deeded the building in which the shelter had been housed since its inception to Stepping Stone Shelter for Women, Inc.

In 1998, we successfully hired our first Child Advocate, who would be available to address the needs of the children in our program. We also added another staff member that was able to provide more in-depth drug education and intervention support than we had previously been able to provide.

In 1999 we were tasked with our greatest challenge to date – planning a transitional housing program for our survivors. We were awarded $1.2 million in grants to fund the 15-unit apartment building for our survivors needing longer-term support.

In 2005, Stepping Stone Shelter received funding to undertake a $500,000 renovation project on its emergency shelter facility. The project was completed in 2007 and provided the program with a facility that was up to date in its structure, heating, cooling, electrical, bathroom, and integral security systems.

Over the past 40 years, Stepping Stone Shelter has seen its role in the community evolve to serve the needs of our community and individuals in varieties of domestic violence, sexual assault, and trafficking circumstances.
The Stepping Stone Shelter continues to be the only program providing emergency services.
to all survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, but the program also serves as a strong catalyst in identifying and coordinating support services available to survivors in the community.

We continue to develop our advocacy and support and educate the community about domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking, in all ways possible.


The mission of Stepping Stone Shelter is to provide shelter, support, and advocacy services for individuals and families affected by domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. We work to empower survivors to rebuild their lives, and break the cycle of violence. We work to  create a safer community through outreach, education and awareness. 

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Funding Sources

Stepping Stone DV and SA Shelter is a nonprofit agency that receives funding from a variety of sources. Such as state, grants, local grants, individual and organizational donations. We also receive funds through fundraising efforts.
Even with these resources, we still depend on contributions from community members like you. We appreciate your financial donations.
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Or mail a check to:

Stepping Stone Shelter
PO Box 1045
Michigan City IN 46360

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