One Night Only: Ben Folds!

Have you registered yet? Our upcoming virtual fundraiser, “Step Up for the South Bronx,” will feature a very exciting special guest: the great Ben Folds! This exclusive, one-night-only performance will kick off at 7pm on Thursday, May 6th. It will serve to educate viewers about our organization and our mission… and, of course, to bring...
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Board Profile: Patti Bartos

Patti Bartos had never heard of Step Up for Better Living before joining the Board. But she was immediately impressed with how closely Step Up engages with those we serve, and how wide an impact our organization has. As a local landlord, she’d discovered that her tenants often don’t have access to vital housing services....
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Step Up For Better Living Staff Members Receive Covid Vaccine!

Two members of the SUBL team are now vaccinated against Covid-19! Jesenia Arias, our Executive Administrative Assistant, and Andrew Thomas, Jr., our Program Director, joined some of our clients recently to receive the shot. In describing the experience, Jesenia told us it was “fast and with minimal pain… and that’s coming from someone terrified of...
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Board Spotlight: Kim Bari Gronich

Kim Bari Gronich was sitting at the conference table in the new offices of Step Up for Better Living. Looking around, she saw the faces of new staff and Board members, and felt a surge of immense pride. She felt herself reflecting on how far the Step Up team had come, and how excited she...
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Step Up Story: Fiorella Telles

“Your circumstances today don’t always determine your tomorrow.”  That’s what our friend and client Fiorella Telles believes, and she would know. Today, she is able to raise her two children in a stable housing situation. But her circumstances have not always been as secure. So how did she turn things around? By refusing to give...
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Ready For Prime Time! The Step Up Team Appears On Bronxnet

Don’t adjust your television set… That really was Louis and Brad on BronxNet! Alongside our friend and client Fiorella Telles, they appeared on a recent episode of “Mission BX” to discuss Step Up for Better Living.  Produced by Hostos Community College in partnership with BronxNet, “Mission BX” focuses on meaningful work happening in the Bronx....
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Staff Spotlight: Jesenia Arias

In 2004, Jesenia Arias was living in a shelter and relying on food pantries to feed herself and her new son. These days, her life looks very different.  As Executive Administrative Assistant here at Step Up, Jesenia is integral to the management of our organization. She’s recently completed her Masters Degree in Business Leadership. She...
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Taproot Foundation Approves Volunteer Fundraiser

Exciting news… with thanks to The Taproot Foundation, we are pleased to welcome a volunteer recruiter to the Step Up team for the next three months (January-April). The Taproot Foundation, a nonprofit working to connect social change organizations with passionate, skilled volunteers for high-quality pro bono engagements, has approved the Step Up for Better Living...
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