Who We Are
We believe in a community where everyone has the opportunity to imagine, create, and live their chosen journey.
Every journey starts with one step. Let STEP walk with you and guide you to opening new doors. STEP celebrates more than 35 years of helping Montana families. We assist children and adults with disabilities and other challenges to step forward and reach their greatest potential. We work with you to ease concerns and discover solutions that work best for you and your family. Our work is dedicated to enhancing the power of each person and family to achieve the growth and transformation they seek. We celebrate your success, independence and personal growth!
For more than 35 years, STEP (Support and Techniques for Empowering People) has been at the forefront of quality of supports to individuals and families impacted by disabilities and other potential disadvantages. STEP was founded by a group of concerned parents who believed families should have access to services and supports to enable the child and family to flourish together at home. We are a non-profit corporation funded by private donors, the state of Montana, tuition, federal grants, and other sources. Programs and services at STEP have grown to include support for foster families, early intervention services for young children, supported living services for adults, and community outreach programs. More than 300 families and individuals in Montana participate in one or more of STEP’s programs. This group collaborates with STEP’s staff and Board of Directors to guide our services and programs.
Each family’s journey is unique, and yet we know there are essentials that contribute to a smooth and rewarding trip. As the STEP team guides you and your family, we commit to fulfilling our values.
People are at the center of everything we do. We appreciate uniqueness and view everyone as an individual with distinctive talents and needs. We believe that everyone has something to offer and empower people to be their best.
We embrace innovation and creativity, working in partnerships with people to meet goals. We are interdependent across all teams.
We are clear and active communicators and listen to understand. We strive for clarity and personal accountability, engaging in conversations that are good for the whole. We know there is strength in transparency.
We encourage play and humor and support people in finding time in their everyday lives to celebrate. We weave this thread through everything that we do.
We aim to be at our best and hold ourselves and teammates accountable. We are flexible, adaptable and willing to have the hard conversations with grace. We are constant learners willing to ask questions. We run toward change and embrace it. We are risk-takers and allow our mistakes to help guide our course.