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Steppingstone Inc. Receives Bank of America Grant to Help Fund First Step Inn Emergency Shelter

The grant will be used to purchase food for shelter that services homeless individuals in Fall River

Fall River, MA- November 30, 2018 — Bank of America has awarded $7,500 to Steppingstone’s First Step Inn, which provides a safe shelter and daily nutritious meal to homeless men and women in Fall River, combined with a one-step comprehensive system designed to help clients escape the cycle of homelessness.

Timing of funding is key as weather turns colder

As winter steadily approaches, more people are seeking shelter from the cold and in addition to the beds available, the First Step Inn has a warming center for individuals to come in out of the elements and get something to eat and drink. Hot soup, coffee and pastries are available throughout the day and staff members on-site to provide information and offer support services.
Rosa Medeiros, Steppingstone’s Director of Programming for Homeless Services said the Bank of America grant is greatly needed.

“Bank of America is such a community focused bank that will face community issues such as homelessness with compassion, understanding and support. The $7,500 awarded to us will make a huge impact on the services we will provide at the First Step Inn this winter. The winter is always challenging and there are so many in need of shelter, food, and support services. Each winter it seems colder with more snow storms and each winter there are more and more individuals on our streets needing help. Thank you Bank of America for your generosity,” Ms. Medeiros said.

Representatives from Bank of America presented the check at the First Step Inn and were able to see the shelter first hand and learn more about the program their donation is helping to fund.

Representatives from Bank of America presented a check to Steppingstone Inc. to support the First Step Inn. They are (l-r) Tom Provost, Jim Cuddy, Rosa Medeiros, Director of Programming for Homeless Services at Steppingstone, Silvia Lander and Joseph Viera.