A STEP TO FREEDOM

OUR MISSION

To enhance the lives of low-income individuals and families who struggle with social and economic disparities such as homelessness, lack of education, substance abuse, mental illness, and recidivism by providing a safe, supportive, and nurturing environment to break cycles, heal and thrive.

HOW TO

TAKE ACTION!

Volunteer

Volunteer

Volunteer with ASF to share your skills, knowledge and heart with those in need. 

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Donate

Donate

Help us transform lives. Your generous donations enable ASF to provide a safe space..

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Blessings Bags

Blessings Bags

Our Blessing Bag Drive collects and distributes toiletries and personal hygiene items for men and women experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles to...

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Case Manager A Step to Freedom

Our Story

From the Beginning

Founded by Kenneth Croom in LA, had friends who were struggling to find resources and support after being released from prison.

Growth

Legacy

Kenneth Croom led the organization until 2003 when Kenya Kirkland, daughter and entrepreneur in her own right, took over the organization and officially incorporated it as a tax exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

Extended

Services

ASF transitions from providing services solely to Veterans and provides beds to single adult males who have severe mental health diagnosis.

A New

Vision

Executive Director, Kenya Kirkland launches annual giving campaign Warm the Streets LA.

Vision

Fulfillment

Ms. Kirkland expanded her father’s dream, taking it from a 12-bed facility to 78 beds at three sites, and welcoming women ages 18-65 and their families.

Growth

EXPANSION

ASF obtains another site to serve more individuals and families.

Here and Now

Expansion

Since 1991, A Step to Freedom has reached over tens of thousands of individuals through outreach and supportive services. Our residential programs have provided over 2,500 individuals with a safe space to rebuild their lives and access to the resources and wrap around services to help them achieve self-sufficiency. We have developed long-standing relationships with outpatient, sober living, mental health, behavioral health, and intensive case management services.


30 Years of Legacy and Impact

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Second Chances

Second Chances

Second Chance Month is a national observance in April aimed at raising awareness about the barriers faced by people with criminal records and a...

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Leadership and Service

Leadership and Service

The reality is, people are in need. There are over 60,000 men and women living on the streets on any given night is L.A. County. Those folks need u...

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