STEP – Support Through Empowerment & Partnerships

The Delaware STEP – Support Through Empowerment and Partnerships organization mobilizes caring community members who work to create pathways out of poverty through education and support. Comprised by a broad group of interested county community leaders, Delaware STEP is based on the Marion Matters organization in Marion County, Ohio.

Delaware STEP provides these community opportunities:


The Getting Ahead program is a 17-session (8.5-week) financial independence program. The hard-working, low-income persons (the “working poor” and those seeking work) can enroll in the program to truly commit to transforming their lives. Each participant creates a personal plan for how they will not only get their own family out of poverty, but also what he or she can do to reduce poverty in our community which includes learning about:

legitimate financial services,
financial predators,
wealth creation,
and policies and resources that affect people who are trying to transition out of poverty.

Participants will receive incentives, child care, and a meal at each class to facilitate their ability to commit to the class.

Graduates of the Getting Ahead class are paired with Bridges Allies, people from the community who commit to a year-long friendship with them and who support the graduates as they work toward their goals.

Applications for the next session are being accepted now. Deadline for submission is September 1st. Classes begin March 26th and run through May 23rd.  Please stop by Andrews House to pick up an application or download one here: GETTING AHEAD APPLICATION



The Bridges out of Poverty training, which many communities nationwide use, encourages judicial systems and community agencies and organizations to attend to learn about the root causes of generational poverty.

Andrews House is the fiscal agent for the Delaware STEP program.

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