The Stepping Stone Shelter for Women provides emergency shelter and transitional housing in order to constructively respond to the victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, through programs that assist them to obtain medical, legal, financial, psychological and housing support services for each unique situation.
The Board of Directors and staff of The Stepping Stone Shelter for Women, Inc., recognizing that the problem of Family Violence exists in all socioeconomic levels, perpetuating itself from generation to generation in American society particularly affecting men, women and children, associate themselves to work toward the elimination of Family Violence, and to provide refuge and services to victims in the LaPorte County, Indiana area. The Stepping Stone Shelter for Women, Inc. was an outgrowth of a Citizen's Advisory Committee that was formed in 1982. The committee was formed at the request of the Swanson Center, LaPorte County's Comprehensive Mental Health Program, in an effort to comply with federal regulations that required mental health centers to provide support services to victims of domestic violence. The Stepping Stone began providing services in the Spring of 1983, and spun-off on its own as a separate not-for-profit agency in 1990. In 1999 it was determined that the shelter would expand its services into the new direction of transitional housing and in January, 2003 "The Bridge" long-term transition program accepted its first resident into the 15-unit 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments.