Because unemployment and lack of resources keeps the entire community from thriving. And every family deserves stability. 

Since 1988, StepUp has created lasting change in the community by building relationships with adults and children who are affected by the challenges of unemployment. 

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 18.5% of the people living in Durham are below the poverty level, and as of April 2015, 4.1% of Durham residents were unemployed. Many of these men and women are actively seeking a more stable living situation, but face barriers such as criminal backgrounds, racial inequality, histories of drug abuse, domestic violence, and/or homelessness. In a nutshell, unemployment creates vulnerable situations for hundreds of families, which prohibits people from living their best lives. 

StepUp's vision is to be the premier resource in Durham County for people seeking to improve their lives and develop stable careers. Our process provides structure, discipline, and consistency to individuals who need a second chance. To do this requires time, understanding, compassion and commitment from the entire community. 

The first step to stability is employment.