The essence of our organization exists in our human spirit – the spirit and passion of those that serve and the spirit and determination of those who accept our services. We are dedicated to raising awareness of our cause and serving those in need.
Our Vision is that Upstate homeless women be restored to a solid foundation.
Our Objective is to provide homeless women a path to healthy living and to a permanent home.
Supportive, Realistic, Safe, Spiritual, Holistic, Clinical
Step by Step Ministry Hope Project Calling and History
1991 - Future CEO was caught in a major pedestrian accident causing her to become dependent on opiate's while being treated for injuries which fostered her addiction. Little did she know a marriage for over 21 years would be affected and end in divorce. Hurks says she experienced bouts of domestic violence while in the marriage pre-addiction. Nevertheless, her daily walk with GOD and strong faith, renewed an intimate and personal relationship with God which brought the healing to her life. This healing that birthed the vision inside of her to liberate other women. Hurks says, what she set out to do is what she knows as God's purpose that has driven her life.Years of recovery, committed twelve-step activity and sponsorship through a loving-God each day is the anecdote which revives her spirit. The combination of help and decision to accept the love of her "Higher Power" provided her the courage, hope and inspiration to live this "new way to life." Her strong commitment to strive, trust God, and serve her community is where she stands each day actively involved in changing the lenses for women seeking recovery. In her, this has developed a ever stronger conviction to her faith and walk in daily "living and enjoying life on life's terms." Through unconditional love of her higher power, there have been many women she has brought help to out from the dark places into a loving light. She knew this long ago that she would be used as a instrument for God to use who chose her and qualifies her daily to help others. Women looking to be set-free from the bondage and self-hate and given freedom from their horrors and fears. Her process of hard won efforts, work, education and new acquired strength daily. Brings hope and courage to the women at Step-By-Step and provides them with courage and support to move forward. As Hurks continues to live in the daily freedom allowed to others, she thrives to be the change, the women need to see.
2008 - The first shelter was opened
2010 - Step by Step Ministry became a 501c3
2012 - The Main Shelter was built
2016 - The third shelter was opened