Primary Mission Partner - StepUp Ministry StepUp Ministry
In June 2007, White Memorial and StepUp affirmed each other as Primary Mission Partners. StepUp’s offices are on the church campus and the Tuesday evening meals and classes take place in the church facilities. Many church members volunteer in the StepUp program and the church provides financial support to StepUp

StepUp Ministry is an interfaith community that prepares adults and children who are ready and to make positive changes in their lives to become stable.

Program participants follow a series of steps to achieve their goals:

Job Training and Placement: Participants enter StepUp through a mandatory, 35 hour, week-long job training experience. The curriculum develops communications skills, teaches conflict resolution, reflective listening techniques, interview skills and job retention. Participants graduate with a current resume, personal interview training and clothing appropriate for job interviews. After successfully completing job training, StepUp employment counselors assist participants with job placement.

Life Skills: Once employed, the StepUp participants are eligible to apply for the yearlong Life Skills training. This four phased, incentive driven curriculum offers weekly classes covering goal setting, financial literacy, personal responsibility and development, vocational development, physical and mental health, and ready-to-rent classes. Adult life skill participants are required to bring their children.

Children's Program: This intense curriculum, for children of Life Skills participants, is designed to break the cycle of poverty.

Scholarships, Vocational Curriculum, Alumni Classes: Continued support for StepUp participants is available to help move these people toward stable, life-sustaining futures for themselves and their children.

Volunteers: StepUp Ministry offers meaningful volunteer opportunities. Volunteers are trained to mentor adults and children. Depending upon your interest, you can choose weekly mentoring of adults or children through our Life Skills curriculum or serve through a number of other volunteer opportunities. Business owners and professionals may offer employment opportunities or professional services.

StepUp Staff: StepUp has a staff of 28 people, five of whom are StepUp graduates.
To learn more about StepUp Ministry or to become involved as a volunteer, please visit our website at or contact Steve Swayne, Executive Director - 781-0156, ext. 104.

Career Transitions - StepUp
Career Transitions - StepUp meetings at St. Michael's Episcopal Church, 1520 Canterbury Road, Raleigh. Meetings are on Thursdays from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in Parish Hall. Transitions provides regular weekly meetings featuring core topics covered by the volunteer leaders and outside experts, resume workshops, interview workshops, an online communications network, announcement of job listings, and a job skills inventory of participants provided to companies and staffing firms, plus individual interview preparation.

For details, please contact or visit the Career Transitions - StepUp website at

StepUp in the News
StepUp Reaches Down to Pull People Up - News and Observer, January 12, 2013