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We serve young single mothers & children

Being a young single mother is often a difficult road to walk.  Step By Step is here to support young moms as they reach their goals while overcoming obstacles. We will always meet her with love and understanding instead of disapproval and judgment. Programs  offered at Step By Step coupled with a mom's dedication and drive will give her the skills and confidence she needs, opening the door to whatever promising future she desires for herself and her family.

Services provided by Step By Step:

  • Mentoring
  • Support groups
  • Workshops on parenting, life skills, budgeting, communication, relationships, nutrition, goal setting, and more
  • Large group meetings with fun activities and a warm meal for moms and their children
  • “Dare To Dream” goal setting sessions
  • Bible Studies and Discipleship
  • Weekend retreat focused on emotional healing and spiritual growth
  • Resource Referrals
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Children’s Program for the Kids which includes Bible teaching and character development
  • Transportation to large group meetings
  • Mama’s Hideout where they can come throughout the week to find support, prayer and guidance
  • Advocacy

Core Values

  • We are Christ centered and Holy Spirit inspired.
  • Lost people matter to God, therefore they matter to us.
  • Children are a gift from God therefore we are intentional with our ministry toward them.
  • We provide a non-threatening environment where we offer absolute truth in a non-judgmental way.
  • We encourage Spiritual growth, as it is necessary for life change.
  • We are ministry focused for the growth and development of our mothers and children; not driven by programming.

Mission & Vision

Our mission is to improve the lives of young single mothers and their children through healing, encouragement, faith and education.

Our vision is a Lexington that heals and empowers young, single mothers to positively impact their family and community.

Calling

Step By Step began in the hearts of three women at Crossroads Christian Church who had a real burden for young single moms. One of the founders, Terri Behrens, put it this way… “I was a single mom before I was a married mom and I can tell you, being a single mom is more than twice as hard.” Their desire was to create a welcoming, accepting, loving atmosphere for these very vulnerable young women. It was to be a place where they didn’t feel judged, but could enjoy and support each other, learn life skills, and encounter Christ. And so it is! From 1995 till now, Step By Step has ministered to well over 1000 young single moms and their children, helped establish a second Step By Step in nearby Georgetown, KY, and created a Single Mothers’ Ministry Manual to empower others to start their own ministries in their communities. God has used the calling of three young women in a single church to create a powerful and effective ministry model to reach young single moms and their children everywhere!

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History

  • 1995: SBS was founded through Crossroads Church.
  • 1997: SBS incorporated as 501 c 3 non-profit and moved its bi-weekly ‘Revive’ meetings to Immanuel Baptist
  • 1999: Opened the doors to its downtown center, allowing teen moms daily access to Christian mentors.
  • 2005-07: Quadrupled number of people served
  • 2008: First SBS satellite opened in Georgetown, KY
  • 2010-16: Board and staff developed infrastructure for sustainability and expansion.
  • 2016: Single Mom Ministry Manual made available via website

Board of Directors

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President

Casey Keller
Attorney, Foundation Title & Escrow Series, LLC

Beth
Vice President

Beth Bell
Executive Vice President, Trek Advancement

Joanne
Treasurer

Joanne Underwood
Senior Consultant, Lynn Imaging Monster Color

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Secretary

Brittany MacGregor Roethemeier
Attorney, McBrayer McGinnis Leslie & Kirkland, PLLC

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Member

Ana Maldonado-Coomer
Graphic Artist, Work + Play LLC

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Member

Anne Sabatino Hardy
Executive Director, Horse Country Inc.

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Member

Cheryl Grieb
RN RDMS (Nurse Sonographer), Lex Women’s Health

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Member

Christy Hiler
President, Cornett

Staff

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Excecutive Director

Tanya Torp

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Program Director

Alicia Sims

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Program Administrator

Kelli Rehmel

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Children’s Ministry Coordinator

Katie Sprading Lowe