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St. Louis Park Emergency Program (STEP) is located on West Lake Street. STEP was founded in 1975 and has been helping the community since.

Local charitable organizations help community

Tenzin Gyaldatsang January 5, 2021

In the midst of the pandemic, many charitable organizations have worked to help the community. Here are some of these organizations and information about each organization.

The STEP building, located on West Lake St., is unsettlingly quiet. Clients and volunteers no longer enter the building as a safety precaution. Instead, contactless pick-up is used to deliver items to those in need.

STEP to not accept food donations through December

Sophia Curran-Moore December 12, 2020

According to the St. Louis Park Emergency Program website, the organization will not be accepting food donations until Dec. 31 or possibly longer due to the abundance of food donations and Gov. Tim Walz’s...

Muddy Paws Cheesecake displays its holiday toys for its annual childrens fundraiser Dec 6. The company is partnering with STEP to give kids toys over the holidays.

Muddy Paws Cheesecake partners with STEP for 28th year

Kate Schneider December 6, 2020

During a holiday season like no other due to the COVID-19 pandemic, senior Ella Weinmann, owner Tami Cabrera’s daughter, said Muddy Paws Cheesecake had to make major changes to their annual drive with...

Junior Katie Casey hands a bowl full of soup and bread to a St. Louis Park citizen Feb. 13. Casey volunteered at the STEP Empty Bowls event alongside many Park students.

STEP Empty Bowls spreads awareness of food insecurity in SLP

Sofie Geretz February 18, 2020

Reflecting on the STEP Empty Bowls event Feb. 13, owner and artistic director of GoodSpace Murals Greta McLain said the event brings the community together while promoting a good cause. “It's so beautiful...

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train made its way to St. Louis Park for the third year in a row 6 p.m. Dec. 12. The train stopped right outside of STEP, south of Lake Street, so people could bring in money and food donations while enjoying music at the event.

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train returns

Sofia Seewald December 12, 2019

While the Dec. 11 temperature dropped below zero, hundreds of people in the St. Louis Park community still gathered for an evening of free hot chocolate, music and holiday lights at the Canadian Pacific...

Senior Will Staib helps out during Empty Bowls Feb. 28 at Westwood Lutheran Church. Co-chair Lisa Hertel said the large attendance numbers were surprising.

Empty Bowls educates, unites

Noah Orloff and Adin Zweigbaum March 5, 2019

While Empty Bowls planning committee co-chair Lisa Hertel reflected on the goals of the event, she said communal bonding was a main aspiration of Empty Bowls. “Our number one purpose in doing Empty...

Pottery teacher Angela Jacob assists students while they work with clay during pottery class Feb. 14. According to Jacob, pottery pieces that were not claimed will go to STEPs Empty Bowls.

Pottery class donates artwork

Amaia Barajas, Jenna Cook, and Noah Orloff February 17, 2019

According to pottery teacher Angela Jacob, pottery pieces will be sent to the St. Louis Park Emergency Program for their Empty Bowls gathering. “Whenever I have something that students don’t want...

Government shutdown hits home

Government shutdown hits home

Dani Orloff and Noah Orloff January 16, 2019

For senior Jack Ostrovsky, the government shutdown is more than simply a news headline. According to Ostrovsky, his father, a federal worker for the Internal Revenue Service, has been out of work for three...

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will come to St. Louis Park at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 11 outside STEP by the train tracks. It will serve as a fundraiser and food drive for STEP.

Holiday Train returns to Park

Maggie Klaers December 10, 2018

Junior Amaya Fokuo said her past experiences with the Holiday Train have been enjoyable. “I enjoyed it a lot. We took my little cousin last time, his little friends, and my brother. The kids really...

Toy donations that were donated to STEP for the holidays. Toys will be collected at STEP until Dec. 14 and then will be given out at Peace Presbyterian Church to those in need.

Toy drive aids many around the holiday season

Noah Orloff November 25, 2018

St. Louis Park Emergency Program volunteer and community relations coordinator Mari-Claire Dart said she believes wintertime offers a different type of atmosphere that can help bring joy to both donors...

The clothes closet at STEP, which provides winter wear for those who need. 6812 West Lake St., St. Louis Park is STEP’s location.

Coat drive heats up for winter

Noah Orloff November 3, 2018

According to St. Louis Park Emergency Program volunteer and community relations coordinator, Mari-Claire Dart, St. Louis Park Emergency Program’s winter clothing is open to those who seek help for winter...

Students drop off winter gear in the student office for the ACT fundraiser. All new and gently used items go to STEP to give to community members in Park.

ACT club fundraises winter gear for STEP

Evelyn Nelson December 19, 2017

With the temperatures dropping, sophomore Morgan Graves said she felt inspired to create a difference for her community this winter season. “I know so many kids just don’t have mittens, and they...

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