WHO WE HELP
The Step Onward Foundation helps young adults who are aging out of resources and have shown great commitment to growing their sustainability and to the organizations or individuals who have helped them so far.
Candidates for the Step Onward Foundation come to us through various organizations that serve the underage and young adult homeless populations nationwide. If you are seeking help and not associated with an organization already providing services or mentorship to you, we still want to hear from you. Organizations and individuals may contact us via email.
Our Mission at the Step Onward Foundation is to break the cycle of homelessness through providing education, communication, housing, wellness resources and mentorship to young adult survivors of childhood homelessness through partnerships in our community of organizations.
Get Inspired by Grace
Patrice Pike here. I am co-founder and executive director of The Step Onward Foundation, which started as the Grace Foundation. I am grateful to have met Eliza Grace in my life as a traveling musician, because I am a survivor of homelessness too. Humbly I will tell you that I didn’t know what was coming when I met Eliza, but it changed my life forever and that has also changed the lives exponentially of others. Her story was my story, though hers was so much more challenging. She shared with me, unexpectedly after a chance meeting on the road, the extraordinary journey from unsafe childhood, to recovering young adult with a life threatening medical condition with little hope and a lot of pain, to her decision to heal herself when she was told by two best friends, “We see you and we will walk with you. Trust the power of community and let’s do this.” SHE DID IT. And the Grace Foundation, now named Step Onward Foundation was born. Todd Young, our co-founder, was that best friend, and our community showed up for Eliza. Read part of her story here, and see throughout the site how the mission has rippled into many lives.
Eliza Grace is the Grace Foundation/Step Onward Foundation’s first recipient and namesake. Her story embodies the mission of the The Step Onward Foundation and attests to the power of grace to change lives.
"I want to be known as encouraging and supportive as I continually strive to lead by example."
"I’ve always wanted to become an engineer. I wasn’t allowed to have that dream in Afghanistan. A new chapter of life has opened now."