Mark Wright
1963 - 2017

Mark was a great friend to Take the Next Step and many members or our community.

During Mark's eight years in Monroe, despite his homelessness, he touched many lives. Mark loved to repair and repurpose found items. He restored countless bikes to help others get around town. Mark could repair almost anything - and he did. His generosity was overwhelming.

Mark was a leader and cared for all of us at the Next Step and our guests. He always had a cheerful word no matter how miserable, cold, and wet weather may be.

Read the story of Mark helping Josh through the last few months of high school and celebrate Mark's life with us on Mark's Memorial Page →

After several weeks battling to recover from a devastating stroke, Mark passed away on March 11, 2017. His life touched many and he will be greatly missed.

Our Drop – In Center is a safe, welcoming, and respectful place. Here, you can find help, encouragement, and connection to resources. The coffee is always on and we are here to help.

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Tuesday evenings at 6pm volunteers prepare and serve delicious dinners. We always have plenty! Join us for dinner and stay for Life Skills Classes.

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Kidz Club is an after school program for elementary age students. We meet Tuesday and Thursday afternoons for help with homework, reading and math, to learn new life skills, and fun!

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Teen moms and their children find encouragement and support. They grow together as they  learn from each other and their mentors. FACEBOOK > us for news and activities.

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Every week we see 30 - 40 homeless and street-involved teens. We help them get ID's, go back to or remain in school, explore safe and secure housing, and more.

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When the temperature falls below freezing, the Monroe Cold Weather Shelter opens. Last winter, the shelter gave homeless individuals a safe, warm place to stay 168 times.

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Love to cook or serve?

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Will you spend a hour with a child living in poverty, reading together or helping with homework, so they don’t have to be embarrassed to go to school tomorrow?

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We always have room for 
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Last year, we multiplied every dollar in cash donated to the Next Step into $8.38 of program services to our neighbors in need.

We promise to use your investment wisely in offering friendship, help, and hope to our neighbors in need.