MISSION AND HISTORY
InStepp, Inc. is a community-based, tax-exempt, charitable organization located in Durham, North Carolina. Our corporate mission is to create a vibrant community by empowering women who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking, immigrant women, and women who are justice-involved to rise above the challenges in their lives and succeed personally and professionally through innovative, gender-responsive training, educational and prevention services. As a lean organization, InStepp is heavily focused on engaging volunteers and partners to help achieve its mission.
InStepp also advocates for public policy changes that will improve the quality of life of at-risk women within the Triangle area community. This is accomplished through participation in coalitions and grassroots organizing and messaging campaigns aimed at educating and engaging the public around issues that impact the quality of life of our target audiences.
InStepp began providing direct services to clients in April 2007. Since we became a direct service provider, we have helped over 1000 women get back on the road to economic independence by providing individualized employment counseling, job placement assistance, employability skills training, referrals and linkages to existing community services (e.g., health education, mental health counseling, alcohol and drug addiction treatment), financial literacy training, mentoring support, and life skills training workshops. Our average duration of follow-up for each client is one year.
InStepp aspires to be a leader in empowering women to rise above the odds, succeed in all of their life’s goals, and contribute to making their respective communities thrive on all levels as caring, giving workers, citizens and family members.
We believe that all females are entitled to improve their quality of life through the intervention of dedicated resources committed to that end. We are:
Innovative – We do what it takes to help our clients succeed and our communities thrive.
Agile – We develop public and private partnerships to maximize expertise and resources.
Responsive – We understand the needs of our clients and motivate them to excel on every level, both personally and professionally.