Footsteps was founded in December, 2003, as a monthly support group. Individuals who were at different stages of transitioning into mainstream society met regularly to, among other things, support one another and enjoy one another’s company. It was apparent that the support group alone could not provide sufficient support. There were individuals who could not read or write beyond a third grade level and/or could not secure a job because they could not meet basic skill requirements. Some individuals were not able to pay their rent or purchase food and other basic needs.
Footsteps introduced a GED program in September, 2004 to assist participants as they work toward their academic goals. Since then Footsteps has grown to include a GED program, support groups, art groups, social events, college and career exposure events, a women’s program, college scholarships, a housing program, and referrals for counseling and other services. Footsteps currently has two full-time staff members and a six member Board of Directors.
Footsteps was founded in memory of Judith Goldberg Schwartz