PSS Cancels 2021 Dessert Auction

Project Stepping Stone is very sorry to announce that, due to the rise in Covid cases, we have decided to CANCEL the Dessert Auction that was planned for 9/26.

Please be aware that while lunch and the auction is canceled, there still will be a joint worship service at HTLC on Sunday 9/26/2021. During the service a special offering will be taken to help raise some of the $3500 we had budgeted as incoming auction funds. (Or you can give online now at our tithely here: https://tithe.ly/give_new/www/#/tithely/give-one-time/1805692)

We are planning to try to hold the auction in 2022 when Covid cases subside – and we might not even wait to September, so stay tuned!

Everyone stay safe!

Help Needed! Project Stepping Stone Work Days!

We’re doing one big final push to finish up some house remodeling and ready a house for move-in by September 1st and we need your help!

Project Stepping Stone is planning work days on:

Tuesday, August 10, 2021 (main goal: painting)
Thursday, August 12, 2021 (main goal: painting)

New – Thursday, August 26, 2021 (main goal: painting) – beginning at 10am!
Saturday, August 28, 2021 (main goal: cleaning)

If we could get just six people to help paint and clean on each of those days, we would be ticking off things on the to-do list faster than ever. More people would allow for us to expand the work into one of the other houses. And, don’t let the main goals fool you – if you don’t want to paint, but want to help, we can find a job for you! (For a full list of work to be completed see here)

With the current economy, there’s a lot of need for shelter housing in Delaware County (and everywhere – we’ve had to turn people away who were calling from outside the county). We want these homes to be safe and welcoming, which is why we’ve put so much work into them – but now they need to be done so we can actually welcome a family in.

Work starts at 9am on each day and will go to mid-afternoon. We’ve got an AC installed in 1241 that is keeping the house a reasonable temperature, and snacks and lunch will be provided. For questions, please email Maria at projectsteppingstone@gmail.com

Help Needed – Updated Work List

We’re in the middle of finishing up some house remodeling in order to better serve our families in 2021.  If you are interested in helping, please email projectsteppingstone@gmail.com.

This is a list of known work needed as of 7/27/2021

Work Needed at house ending in 41:

Replace kitchen ceiling (drop tile)
Fascia and Soffit work on the white shed
Seal outside shed
Replace electrical outlets with ones with grounds
Paint the porch railing
Place liner paper on kitchen drawers/shelves
Remove wallpaper
Paint
Cleaning

Work needed at house ending in 18:

Replace living room drop ceiling grids and panels – and repair & paint grid – possibly remove?
Replace kitchen ceiling (drop tile) – and paint grid
Paint upstairs
Paint Kitchen
Install new electrical outlet covers and switch covers throughout house
Fully clean house
Place liner paper on kitchen drawers/shelves

Thank you everyone!

Project Stepping Stone Dessert Auction Returns in 2021!

Updated 8/17/2021 – this was CANCELED due to the rise in Covid cases! Stay tuned for 2022!

It’s time to put all that pandemic stress baking good use! The Project Stepping Stone Dessert Auction is back and we’re looking for bakers to donate desserts for a good cause! (And, we’re looking for people to bid on said desserts for a good cause!)

Join us at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church on Sunday, September 26, 2021 for an auction of about 60 desserts made by members of our partner churches, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, First Presbyterian Church, and Lutheran Church of the Cross. Consider it the opportunity to not just see all those yummy-looking things your friends were posting on Facebook last year, but to get a chance to TASTE them too! How can you pass that up?

The auction, led by Bill Jenkins, will start around noon. At 11:30 a FREE lunch of fried chicken and fixings will be provided.

Several desserts, including buckeyes, a blue-frosted cake, and a pineapple upside down cake, are laid out on a table.

Before the lunch and auction there’s a joint worship service between Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and Lutheran Church of the Cross beginning at 10:00am.

All the funds raised will go directly to Project Stepping Stone, a local non-profit that provides housing to families in need.

Powerful worship, good food, and some laughter, all dedicated to a good cause. Be sure to join us!

Schedule and Information:
Date: September 26, 2021
Location: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 900 W White River Blvd , Muncie 47303
10:30am – Outdoor worship, weather permitting.
11:30am – Lunch, inside HTLC’s Fellowship Hall.
12:00pm – Auction starts, inside.

Things to note:
-Weather permitting, the worship service will be outside. Come prepared with a light jacket or sunscreen as necessary.
-Make sure to bring your own lawn chair!
-You don’t need to attend the worship service to be welcome at the lunch and auction.
-Each partner church is asked to provide 20 desserts. Please note the dessert guidelines.

Dessert Guidelines: Desserts have to be made from scratch and should not need to be refrigerated. A simple description of the dessert must be placed on a container you do not want back. Examples of desserts are a dozen brownies, bars or cupcakes, two dozen cookies, a cake or a pie. Please do not package desserts individually.

Help Needed – There’s Work To Do!

Looking for a way to contribute that isn’t donating money!  There’s plenty of work to do at the PSS houses!   Let us know when you’re available and we’ll make sure someone is there to help!  If you are interested in helping, please email projectsteppingstone@gmail.com.

Work Needed at house ending in 41:

Repairing kitchen cabinet doors
Repair back kitchen wall
Replace kitchen ceiling (drop tile)
Replace the back door
Replace the white shed door
Fascia and Soffit work on the white shed
Seal outside shed
Replace electrical outlets with ones with grounds
Paint the porch railing
Place liner paper on kitchen drawers/shelves

Work needed at house ending in 18:

Replace living room drop ceiling grids and panels – and repair & paint grid – possibly remove?
Replace kitchen ceiling (drop tile) – and paint grid
Paint upstairs
Install new electrical outlet covers and switch covers throughout house
Fully clean house
Place liner paper on kitchen drawers/shelves

Thank you everyone!

PSS Resident Focus: KB & the Twins Update

Good news! K.B. and her now one-year-old twins found a place of their own just before Christmas. K.B.’s got a good job with a company working from home and is loving all the time she’s able to spend with the twins. Using Thrivent Action Team funds, we were able to help purchase Christmas presents for her and her brother’s family. The twins got warm winter coats, some of the walk-push-pop toy things, and most importantly to K.B., at least, lots of diapers!

The house K.B. was in is now empty and PSS is taking the time to put in a new furnace, new laminate flooring, and potentially a new bathroom.

Items (always) needed

Have a pile of items from your cleaning spree earlier in the pandemic?  Doing a refresh before the holidays?  Project Stepping Stone is always needs:

-microwave

-sheets and blankets (especially for twin beds)

-towels

-toaster

In addition, we’re still looking for a fridge.

Picture of a basic white fridge in a utility space.

If you have any of these items and are willing to donate them, please contact projectsteppingstone@gmail.com

Thank you!

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Thank you First Pres!

After hearing that PSS had to cancel their Annual Dessert Auction, First Presbyterian Church of Muncie stepped up to help, donating over $2,000 to make up what we weren’t able to raise. These funds will help pay bills as we provide housing to families in need of shelter in Muncie.

How Your Support Impacts Muncie Families

Project Stepping Stone supports families in Delaware County, Indiana by providing them with a home rent and utility-free for several months while they save to find permanent housing.  Presented here are the stories of three residents sharing how Project Stepping Stone has impacted their lives.

It is your support that makes this impact possible.

Thank you.

(full transcription coming soon)

Refrigerator needed!

Do you have a working fridge hanging around in your basement or garage that you are looking to get rid of?

Contact PSS!

Picture of a basic white fridge in a utility space.

One of the homes’ had a fridge die recently and we’re looking to replace it.

Email projectsteppingstone@gmail.com or call/text (765) 233-6010 to discuss.