Step Update, December 2016

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Step Up Savannah engages all sectors of the community to improve the economic mobility and financial stability of families in Savannah and Chatham County.

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The holidays can be tough when families are struggling to pay the bills. 

But last year with the help of generous donors like you, Step Up Savannah was able to help create opportunity for over 10,000 individuals in our community. This includes over 100 unemployed and under-employed participants in our Chatham Apprentice Program who were able to find or create career paths that offer decent wages and opportunities for advancement. Their holiday season is a bit brighter because of the work that is made possible by the generosity of our community. 

Of course, there is still more to do and we need your help to do it. In 2017, we want to help more Savannahians realize their potential and discover the opportunities that will take them further. So this holiday season, will you consider a year-end tax-deductible donation to support Step Up Savannah?
Together, we can do more to transform neighborhoods and change lives. 
Donate Today!

Congratulations to the 2016 Creating Opportunity Award Winners

Outstanding Business Champion
Robby Glore with Georgia Heritage Federal Credit Union for the innovative Life Line Loan

Outstanding Advocacy
Nancy Vetter with Georgia Legal Services Program for the Record Restriction Program

Outstanding Neighborhood Leader

Ylana Abott with Solidarity in Savannah

Welcome Jen Singeisen!

Jen Singeisen recently joined the Step Up team as the new executive director. Previously, she served as the Senior Director of Junior Achievement of Georgia. 

You can reach out to Jen at or 912.232.6747. 

The staff at Step Up compiled a great list of books that have helped to shape the way we do our work. Each staff member submitted one or two of their favorite books that helped to shape the way they do their work. To make it even easier, I added some hyperlinks and pictures. All you have to do is click!

Why not buy a copy for yourself and start a book club as one of your new year's resolutions. There is no better time than the present to expand your mind and positively impact your community.

Find the list here.

Take a moment to read an op-ed by our Step Up partner's, Dare Dukes of Deep Center. Dare passionately presents the case for a city investment in social services and art. Read it here.

Want to take action? Join Dare and other community leaders at City Hall on Thursday at 1:30 pm. For more information visit their Facebook event page. 

Proving the Doubters Wrong

On Friday, Step Up's workforce training program called Chatham Apprentice Program (CAP) was recognized by the Chatham County Board of Commissioners. Over thirty graduates of our 2016 classes attended and four addressed the commissioners. 

One graduate that stood out was Larry. Larry shared with the commissioners about his experience of CAP. During the 16 day program, Larry worked a job overnight but never missed a class. He said he enjoyed listening to all the different speakers that CAP brought in, every single day there was another speaker who brought new ideas and inspiration. Then Larry reached into a folder that he was holding and he held up a clemency letter signed by President Barack Obama and he said, "I figured since he could pardon a turkey, then he could pardon me." Larry used this letter to show the commissioners where he came from but also where he is going. And he said he is so grateful for CAP which has helped him turn his life around.

Larry has proven that he deserved a second chance and he is embracing every opportunity to be the man that President Barack Obama believes he can be. 

We at Step Up Savannah are witnesses to Larry proving the doubters wrong. And in our community, there are many more just like him. There is so much untapped potential in Chatham County and our team at CAP is doing their best to find all the Larrys of our community. 

Become an IRS-certified volunteer tax preparer helping low- to moderate-income working families access important tax credits and bring more money back into the local economy.

No experience necessary! Volunteers needed for flexible shifts at multiple locations on an ongoing basis from January to April.

To find out more or to sign-up, contact:
912.447.5577 |
Congratulations to the last CAP class in 2016!
In December, 19 individuals graduated from a Chatham Apprentice Program held at the West Broad YMCA. 10 participants received their Transportation Workers Identification Card and 2 participants completed forklift safety certification training. 
Congratulations to the following graduates: 
Rafeal Bowens, Muhammadlean Brown, Christie Buchannan
Rahshawn Crawford, Roger Fields, Mischell Goldwire
Angela Grant, 
Salathia Grant, Wayne Hirams 
David Howard, Roman Hughes, Jackson Lee
Anthony Moody, Lillie Sanders, Jamaal Singleton
Broderick Smith, Kevin Speaks, Abdulla Thompson, Natasha Witter

Be sure to pick up your copy of Dr. Otis Johnson's new book, From "N Word" to Mr. Mayor:

You can get your copy by calling Shevon Carr at 912.596.7658.
NLA Class 8
Congratulations to the 2016 Neighborhood Leadership Academy Class 

Emily Bower
Jackie Brown

Breyana Davis
Jane Dukes
Andria L. Fennell-Loadholt
Denise German
Lisa J. Goggins
Mercredi Giles
Howard Lipscomb
Ruby Lipscomb
Christopher Nunnery
Quan Reid
Gertrude Robinson
Janae Robinson
Bethany Rushing
Ashley Sapp

Yolandra Shipp
The twelve-week Neighborhood Leadership Academy (NLA) at Savannah State University brings together established and emerging leaders from diverse segments of the community to enhance their leadership skills with a focus on advocacy, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. 
Are you interesting in hosting a poverty simulation?
We are now taking requests for 2017. 

Find out more.

Support Step Up through your purchases!

At Kroger

Designate your Kroger Community Rewards to Step Up Savannah or 52927. 

Through Amazon
Designate Step Up Savannah as your organization when shopping at

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Step Up Savannah appreciates the ongoing support of the City of Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia Power, Savannah Economic Development Authority, and the United Way of the Coastal Empire. 

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