Stepping Stones is a non-profit organization who offers:

    • A 27 bed emergency shelter dedicated to assisting women and their children in need of short-term emergency accommodations.

    • Joie’s Phoenix House, a Second Stage Women’s Shelter Program, offering safe, affordable housing and programming to families choosing to leave an abusive relationship.

    • A community support program that offers 1:1 supports to all women who are struggling with an unhealthy or abusive relationship or have left one.

    • Public Education, bringing community awareness and education about Family Violence to the Lakeland area.

    • A 24-hour helpline offering confidential support, information, and referrals to anyone who calls.


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Our Vision

Prevention of family violence through public awareness, outreach and supports.

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Women in Need

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Our Core Values


Offer support without judgement.


Being respectful in everything we do and showing respect to all.


Our staff supportively imparting information and resources to best assist our clients.

Cultural Diversity

Respecting a variety of cultures, lifestyles and beliefs.


Encourage growth and awareness to create change.

Do you want to make a difference?

Your donation is absolutely critical to our efforts in helping women affected by domestic abuse.


Stepping Stones is here to help you. You are never alone, and together we are strong. If you need assistance, please contact us.

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