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At Refined Lending we often refer to each other as family, and we mean it. We all truly care about one another and strive to help everyone on the team succeed. One of our top core values is giving back to the local communities we work and live in. This is something that is held near and dear to all our hearts. We really love supporting each other as co workers AND supporting our local community. That is where our Refined Difference Project originated from.  Each month we showcase a different RL Family member and donating to a local charity of their choice. We  also provide links and information on how YOU can donate and support them as well!

For October, the charity we will be raising money for is Stepping Stone Emergency Housing, a homeless shelter with a mission.

Whether shelter is needed for a few nights or a few months, all Stepping Stone residents are treated with dignity and respect and have their basic needs met. This means a bed and linens to call their own, three meals per day, showers, laundry facilities, and even clothing and toiletries when needed.

But that’s not all.

Through our first-of-its-kind programs and services, we work with each resident one-on-one to identify the cause of their homelessness — for example, lack of education, unemployment or under employment, need for affordable housing, making positive personal choices — and help them develop a personalized plan to move toward self-sufficiency. Working with a case manager, each resident completes an Individual Goal Plan (IGP) that identifies their ultimate goal and breaks it down into attainable steps to reach that goal.

We’re meeting residents’ needs while they call Stepping Stone “home,” and more important, we’re helping them take steps to establish a home of their own.

To learn more about this organization and their mission, click here.

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