Steps for Life is a Partner Agency with United Way of Comal County. The achievements of their program are reflected in the story that follows:
My name is Charity Hathaway, and am a graduate of STEPS, a local nonprofit in New Braunfels, TX. When I was introduced to the STEPS program, I had trouble keeping a job, couldn’t save money, and had to move every year. I began STEPS in March 2020 and became homeless with my son at the same time, but that didn’t stop me from the program! It made me more determined.
My life coach, Crissy, and I found a program called Family Promise of New Braunfels. They took Cole and I in and gave us food and shelter. Working hard with my life coach and Family Promise got us out of the shelter within one and a half months. I saved enough money to get us into a small apartment. It was perfect because I could pay for it myself and it would not be taken away from us. Crissy helped me with a budget while I read books and watched life skills videos that helped with daily tasks like organization, procrastination, goal setting, and much more.
This program opened my eyes and made me realize I had all the tools I needed. I could not see the resources or the knowledge that God had already provided. Crissy taught me to believe in myself and rely on God; as well as not worrying about, or assuming what others were thinking of us. Everyone walks a different path, and my path just needed some dusting off and some organization.
I made a lifetime sister in Crissy. It means a lot that I can always text or call her anytime I need her. I also met with a case manager, Rolanda, who got to know my heart as well. Crying and praying together helped me heal. STEPS saved me from myself, and my children see the changes I’ve made. I have a savings account, my bills are paid ahead of time, and I have a stronger relationship with my Lord and Savior.
No matter how old you are, do not be ashamed to ask for help because the STEPS program will guide you with knowledge, resources, a life planner, goals, accountability, and love you every step of the way. STEPS saved me….they can save you too!