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October 2021 at Stepping Stones of Rockford

October finds Stepping Stones of Rockford bursting with activity! Preparing for our upcoming CARF survey, taking part in Mental Illness Awareness Week, opening a new outpatient counseling center, and celebrating recent grants have us hopping. We are proud to share part of our October journey with you. CARF Survey Scheduled for Octobe...
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Inside Out: Therapeutic Mask-making

Inside Out is a collaboration of Stepping Stones of Rockford, Stars of Light, Shelter Care Ministries Jubilee Center, Rosecrance Ware Center and NAMI Northern Illinois. The gallery of masks will be on display at Rockford Illinois City Hall October 4-29, 2021. The gallery is free and open to the public. The included video provides exp...
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Stepping Stones to Expand Clinical Services

Stepping Stones of Rockford has received funds to expand services , as made possible via the Winnebago County Community Mental Health Board (MCCMHB) 1/2 Cent Sales Task. Expanded services will be focused on providing outpatient services across the lifespan for those with serious emotional disturbance or serious mental illness, with priority to...
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June 2021 at Stepping Stones

First things first: Let's celebrate our June work anniversaries! We can't do what we do without our fabulous employees. Thank you and h appy work anniversary to:  SARA GONZALEZ (2014);  JEFFREY HAMILTON (2009);  ROCHELLE OWENS (2010);  ALEXANDREA STERENBERG (2019);  GEORGE MITCHELL (2008);  TALESHIANA FRICKS (2017...
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Mental Health Month: Get to Know Us (Employees--Part III)

As part of Mental Health Month, we'd love for you to meet our staff. Stepping Stones of Rockford requires about 114 staff to keep things going. Providing 24-hour,  7 days-a-week, 365 days-a-year of clinical services requires a lot of staff and effort!  At Stepping Stones, we are  fortunate to have many "long time" staff. In fact...
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Recovery Steps and Stories: Spring 2021

​Just in time for Mental Health Month! "Recovery Steps and Stories" is a the agency newsletter created by the clients at Stepping Stones of Rockford. It is coordinated by our very own Bonnie Holeton, Recovery Support Specialist. Artwork, creative writing, photos, jokes, recovery tips and mental health information make this quarterly publication tru...
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Mental Health Month: Get to Know Us (Part II)

As part of Mental Health Month, we invite you to learn a little more about Stepping Stones of Rockford. You may know that we provide residential and supported services to adults with serious mental illness, but did you know that we provided almost 86,000 clinical services in 2020? Wow! Here are some facts about Stepping Stones of Rockford. What Day...
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Mental Health Month: Get To Know Us (Part I)

 May is Mental Health Month. In honor of this most important time, we'd love for you to get to know us at Stepping Stones of Rockford!  Let's start with our clients.  We currently have 164 clients in the program.  An overview of client gender, diagnoses, age and race are illustrated here. To sum it up: *There are twice as many m...
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Instilling Hope: Stories of Recovery

"Each year, millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. If you're impacted, know that recovery is possible and there are people ready and willing to help you on your journey." "INSTILLING HOPE: Stories of Recovery" (Edition 01), brings hope.   The magazine, published in March 2021, is a nothing less than  ...
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Recovery Steps and Stories: Winter 2021

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This Newsletter is created by the clients at Stepping Stones of Rockford, under the direction of our CRSS, Bonnie Holton. Please enjoy our very own quarterly newsletter, "Recovery Steps and Stories."    Download PDF File Here

Recovery Steps and Stories: Fall 2020

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This Newsletter is created by the clients at Stepping Stones of Rockford. Please enjoy our very own quarterly newsletter, "Steps and Stories."   Download PDF File Here

From Vaccines to Pizza

Vaccine Clinic February 2021  brought opportunity for all Stepping Stones clients and staff to receive the Moderna vaccine. Staff are definitely essential workers, while clients live in congregate settings. The Winnebago County Health Department ensured  an organized event. Talk about running smoothly!  We can't thank them ...
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Who We Are and What We Do

Now that the New Year is moving into its second month, this editor thought a quick, unofficial, more-casual-than-not view of who "we" are and what we "do" at Stepping Stones of Rockford might be in order. If you are looking for the "official" version of who we are and what we do, please peruse the ABOUT section of this website.  It's a to...
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The New Year: Let's Grow!

The New Year brings opportunity to take inventory of what we have and what we need . It's also the perfect time to set intentions. Our overall purpose will always be to provide the highest quality, trauma-informed, value-based based residential mental health care to the seriously mentally ill in Winnebago County and surrounding areas. Stepping Ston...
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Stepping Stones of Rockford: November 2020

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Thank you, Anderson Automotive Group Stepping Stones gives a big THANK YOU to the Anderson Automotive Group for the $5,000.00 donation. From Anderson's website: " We're celebrating 50 years of serving the Rockford area by continuing to give back to the terrific community that has supported us for a half century.  Each month for ten months...
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A Letter from Our CEO, Sue Schroeder

Sue Schroeder, LCSW, CEO   My goodness where do I start--2020 right? As I sat down to write this year's letter, there was only one decision to be made: Should I focus on the virus or not? As I began, my fingers seemed to already have the answer and almost automatically, they led the way. After all, even though we have all overcome so many...
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Get to Know Us: Brooke Engberg, Jenny Stranc and Chris Clark

For Mental Illness Awareness Week (#MIAW) and in celebration of our staff do, please meet three clinical staff at Stepping Stones! Brooke Engberg 2.5 years (Group Homes) Jenny Stranc 12 years (River North) Chris Clark: Over 15 years (Apartment Program) What is your job at Stepping Stones and what kind of things do you do as part of that job? B...
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Get to Know Us: Nikki Delmore, Charlene Donahoe, Vanessa Sumano and Nannatte Heshelman

  For Mental Illness Awareness Week (#MIAW) and in celebration of our staff do, please say hello and thank you to staff of the Transitional Apartment Program (TAP) , which provides housing and mental health services to 14 clients in agency-owned apartment buildings . Three Mental Health Professionals and one Rehabilitation Supervisor ensure qu...
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Get to Know Our Staff: Beth Austin, Erica Lynn and Rebecca Howard

For Mental Illness Awareness Week (#MIAW) and in celebration of our staff do, we proudly introduce some of the fabulous staff who work in the Stepping Stones Apartment Program. Currently, there are two Rehabilitation Supervisors and six mental health professionals staffing this vital and expanding program. Community outreach and premiere supported ...
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Get to Know Our Staff: Brad Mullen, Jessica Meilani, Rochelle Owens and Adam Sommerfeld

  For Mental Illness Awareness Week (#MIAW) and in celebration of our staff do, we proudly introduce four diligent staff who work at a Stepping Stones Supported Apartment Complex called "River North," home for forty clients over the age of 50. BRAD MULLEN has worked at Stepping Stones for an impressive 23 years: JESSICA MEILANI for 5 years;&nb...
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