Under the direction of Tony Gould, President/CEO and governed by a Board of Directors since 1998, SSM has been conducting weekly Bible studies at Morris Village, a state run drug and alcohol recovery center based in Columbia, SC. The ministry also conducts the worship services two Sundays per month there as well. Stepping Stones is a non-profit, non-sectarian and relies solely on outside contributions and donations. Our primary focus is to assist men and women in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction by providing sober living homes once they complete treatment programs or detox centers. Since its inception in 1998, Stepping Stones Ministry has successfully operated a Thrift Store on Two Notch Rd which financially supports the ministry. In November 2003 and 2005 we acquired sober living houses for men.In 2007 Stepping Stones Ministry received a Grant from South Carolina DAODAS (Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services) for the purchase/renovation and operation of housing for an additional 16 beds for men, bringing our total number of beds to 25. In 2008 SSM opened a second thrift store on Augusta Road to help support the ministry. The residents that have no job or are not immediately employable work in our stores, which in turn pays their way through the program and develops their employment skills until they are able to find gainful employment.From the beginning, it has been one of our goals to provide sober living housing for women. In April 2013 a home was purchased for the Women’s Program, providing an additional 5 beds for women beginning their journey to recovery which brings our total to 30 beds for men/women.A bimonthly food pantry is operated to assist low and fixed income church and community residents, as well as program participants initially upon entry to our program.
These are Stepping Stones "Core Values and Beliefs"•We commit to providing compassionate yet firm Christian rehabilitation and recovery program for alcoholics and addicts based on the principles and teachings of Jesus Christ along with the twelve steps of recovery of AA and NA.•We respect the individual, and believe that individuals who are treated with compassion and respect and given responsibility respond by giving their best.•Our actions reflect the values we believe in.•We require complete honesty and integrity in everything we do.•We make commitments with care, and then live up to them. In all things, we do and say we follow-up with commitment and positive action.•Work is an important part of life, therefore, it is an important part of the recovery program.•We are frugal. We guard and conserve the Stepping Stones resources with the same vigilance that we would use to guard and conserve our own personal resources.•We insist on giving our best effort in everything we undertake. Furthermore, we see a huge difference between "good mistakes" (best effort, bad result) and "bad mistakes" (sloppiness or lack of effort).•Clarity in understanding our mission, our goals, and what we expect from each other is critical to our success.•We feel a sense of urgency on any matters related to our residents, staff and alumni. We own problems and we are always responsive.