Legal, Financial & Operations
Not-for-Profit Status & Leadership
Stepping Stones Network is a program of Oasis Productions, a 501c3 faith based organization that can receive tax-deductible donations. Suzanne Baker Brown serves as Executive Director. Suzanne Baker Brown, President of Oasis, has a rich history in women’s ministry and helping people who have come out of abusive and destructive situations rebuild their lives. Suzanne has management consulting background and also helped to launch and lead a number of not-for-profit organizations. Board of Directors include Suzanne Baker Brown, Michelle Bobart, Kelli McMiller (Secretary), and GInny Girmschied (Treasurer).
We have completed initial training and are in a formal mentee relationship with Wellspring Living, an organization that is well respected in the field of residential sex trafficking recovery programs.
We have learned from similar organizations that an endeavor of this magnitude is expensive and requires a large number of volunteers to assist – in other words, “it takes a village”. Some might say the price is too high, but what is one life worth? In God’s eyes, every life is a treasure and worth every effort and cost to be redeemed and restored. Therefore, a key focus will be to engage the entire community to work together in unity to help with everything from fundraising, working with the clients, presenting educational materials, etc. We operate with around 40-50 committed volunteers at any given time. Many who who have been dedicated for multiple years and make their roles with Stepping Stones Network a priority in their lives. Stepping Stones Network has several social networks, businesses and churches that partner with us through our Champion Network. We initiated several Community Collaboration meetings amongst social agencies and are an active member of the Lake County Human Trafficking Coalition and Partnership for a Safer Lake County. We also engage through email and social media platforms.
Our approach to fundraising includes reaching out to individuals and organizations through our email, social media, community engagement network, periodic crowd funds and our monthly donor 24 to Restore program. Our two major annual events are in November, when we offer a Festival of Trees (in partnership with Cuneo Mansion) targeted to families, individuals and couples and in April, we hold an event to develop major donors (in partnership with HealTeam6). We also have a grant writer and seek grants appropriate for our development. We are currently expanding our Board of Directors, as well.
We will operate at around a $350,000 budget in 2019. We file annual 990's and will begin a formal audit process in 2020.
Staffing & Operations
We are led by part-time CFO/COO Ginny Girmscheid, volunteer Director of Operations Beth Jordan-Kroll, and volunteer Property Manager, Tim Girmscheid. Our Residential Program is led by full and part-time paid staff. The rest of our Directors are volunteers who receive occasional stipends for exceptional effort.