According to the 2012 Count of Homeless Persons conducted by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, a total of 381 persons in families (152 adults, 229 children) are homeless on any given night in Montgomery County. One of the welcoming places these families may go is Stepping Stones Shelter.
Stepping Stones has been providing emergency shelter services for homeless families since 1979. Located in a historic farmhouse built 100 years ago in 1912, the shelter houses up to six homeless families with children at a time (29 bed capacity). In 2011, the shelter served 33 families and 113 individuals.
The average stay is 65 days. During their time at Stepping Stones, these families move from crisis to a stable home environment. The Shelter provides food, clothing, shelter, support services, and educational programming.
With so many families moving through the grand farmhouse, it is no surprise that the routine maintenance, repairs, and replacements of the necessary elements in the home are frequent. The primary areas of construction work needed involve extensive porch roof repairs to address water issues, replacing well-worn flooring throughout the first level, plus a full kitchen renovation.
Last week, thanks to Michael Harris Homes, work began on the porch roof. Having visited the home a few months ago, Leslie Boisvert of Michael Harris was hopeful her company could help. “To be able to assist in bringing this beautiful historic home back to life brings us great pleasure. It is rewarding to know so many families will get support here and be able to move forward in life.”