Stepping Into Hope: Updated Event Information

This information was updated on July 6, 2020. Due to COVID-19, the event has been rescheduled to Thursday, May 13, 2021. Additional information will be provided as we get closer to the date of this exciting event. Thank you!

Please feel free to distribute this information with those who might be interested. For further information, please contact Randy Roberson, Compliance, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Stepping Stones of Rockford will present "Stepping Into Hope," a program to address interpersonal violence on THURSDAY, MAY 23, 2021. The event will feature Victor Rivas Rivers as keynote speaker. Mr. Rivers is an actor, athlete and national spokesperson for the National Network to End Domestic Violence. Victor Rivas Rivers will share his transformational story or resiliency, recovery and hope. This is a community event and fundraising dinner, with the public invited to attend.The event will demonstrate the importance of preventing interpersonal violence by: providing education about interpersonal violence, its prevalence and link to violent crime in our community; increasing awareness of the effects of interpersonal violence on mental health and mental health recovery: and, offering resources and hope to those effected by interpersonal violence.

All proceeds from the event will go directly to Stepping Stones to increase housing and mental health services for adults with mental illness.

Event Details
Date and Time: Tuesday, May 13, 2021 from 5:00-9:00 p.m.

Location: Radisson Hotel & Conference Center, 200 South Bell School Road, Rockford, Illinois 61108

Cost: $75-per person, $575 for a table of 8 (beef, chicken or vegetarian entree selection)

Reservations: Reservations are required and requested by September 4, 2020 and may be made online at, by mail to: Stepping Stones, 706 N. Main St., Rockford IL 61103, by telephone by contacting Randy Roberson at 815-963-0683 X242, or via Email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Event Schedule
Media Interviews: 5:00-5:45 p.m. Victor Rivas Rivers will be available at the Radisson Hotel for media interviews. Please see contact information above to arrange an advanced media interview with Mr. Rivers.

Social and Resource Tables: 5:00-6:00 p.m. Mental health care, domestic violence services, advocacy groups and related organizations featured.

Dinner: 6:00-7:00 p.m. Reservations are required.

Keynote Presentation: 7:00-7:45 p.m. Victor Rivas Rivers will deliver the keynote presentation.

Book Sale and Signing: 8:00-8:30 p.m. Mr. Rivers will sign copies of his book A Private Family Matter: A Memoir.

Silent Auction: Ends 8:30 p.m. A silent auction will take place throughout the evening.

Stepping Stones of Rockford is a private 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization that provides safe and affordable housing and comprehensive mental health services for adults with mental illness. Stepping Stones is northern Illinois' leading provider of residential mental health care for adults. To learn more about Stepping Stones, available services or Stepping Into Hope, please visit

Interpersonal Violence is the most under-reported crime in America and the "driver of Rockford's crime problem" where, on average, an act occurs every eighty-four minutes. Stepping Stones is part of a community effort, led by Rockford's Mayor and the Mayor's Office on Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking Prevention, towards preventing interpersonal violence. Our role in this is to provide trauma-informed mental health care to help our clients recognize the effect violence has on their lives and empower them to learn skills necessary to reclaim social roles.

Victor Rivas Rivers is a veteran actor of more than two dozen films including The Mask of Zorro and The Distinguished Gentleman, guest star of hit TV shows including Modern Family, C.S.I: Miami, 24 and Star Trek, athlete and spokesperson for the National Network to End Domestic Violence. Beginning as a child in his native country of Cuba and continuing after his family moved to America, Rivers endured horrific child abuse and witnessed domestic violence "on the level of torture" at the hands of his father. Rivers attributes his survival and ability to break the cycle of violence to his "angels" including a schoolmate's lawyer father, supportive teachers, coaches, the family who adopted him and his own brothers. 

As a spokesperson for the National Network to End Domestic Violence, Rivers raises awareness that domestic violence cannot be treated exclusively as a woman's issue; rather he insists, "it should be everyone's issue."

Stepping Stones of Rockford, Inc., 706 North Main Street, Rockford, Illinois 61103
Telephone: 815-963-0683 X242, Fax: 815-963-6018,

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