How is STEP responding to Inflation and COVID-19?
STEP has activated an Emergency Response to provide our local military families with critical basic needs to address the impact of inflation and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Learn about what STEP has done to help our SoCal community combat COVID-19, thanks to the funding support of corporations, individuals, and organizations like you!
How You Can Help
Help STEP address the immediate needs of our local military and Veteran community impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak by making a donation to our Emergency Response Fund. Click below to donate!
$25 = 1 EMERGENCY BAG
$75 = 3 EMERGENCY BAGS
$100 = 4 EMERGENCY BAGS
$250 = 10 EMERGENCY BAGS
$5,000 = 700 INDIVIDUALS SERVED
STEP is accepting in-kind donations at the San Diego Headquarters Monday – Friday 10 AM – 12 PM.
Gift Cards (Vons, Walmart, Commissary)
Gas Gift cards
DRIVE-THRU WOW DISTRIBUTIONS
STEP is hosting monthly Warehouse on Wheels (WOW) Distributions to combat gaps in essential needs.
Capacity is limited to 300 attendees and fills up quickly. Please keep your eyes out for the next sign-up opportunity here.
DIRECT COMMAND DISTRIBUTIONS
Is your command directly impacted by inflation or COVID-19? Please email Tracy Owens for information about Individual Command food/diaper distributions on-base and how we can help you help your service members.
Due to current government regulations, this is a limited case-by-case option.
As we adjust and respond to these uncertain times, it is important to stay vigilant with your finances to ensure this doesn’t impact your financial health in the long-term. STEP’s social workers, trained in financial counseling are offering FREE, virtual 1-on-1 financial counseling to anyone with a military ID.
EMERGENCY FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
STEP’s mission is to promote financial self-sufficiency among our junior active duty and recently discharged Veterans in Southern California. We look forward to helping you in identifying and reaching your financial goals. Based on our assessment, we may provide a grant to stop the loss of a critical basic need.
To apply for assistance, please visit teamstepusa.org/efa. After you have submitted an application, your social worker will be in touch within 3 business days about qualifications and eligibility.