Next Step

Next Step is a community-based case management and stabilization program providing support for young adults ages 18-24 in Geauga and Portage Counties who have experienced hardships.


of every dollar donated goes toward direct service.


people are served each year through our programs.


individuals volunteer every year.


Next Step provides community based stable housing and individualized case management services and supports to at risk young adults. Through our professional programs, we establish individualized goals and objectives for each client to help ensure that he/she successfully transitions into healthy independence.

Without a stable home life, these young adults are at risk of homelessness, drug and criminal activity and human trafficking and prostitution. Our goal is to aid with their transition to independence. We do this by securing stable housing, teaching life skills and providing resources to promote a strong foundation for self-reliance.

Next Step provides housing and case management services to the individual. During enrollment, young adults will be paired with one of our trained case managers who will help develop a personalized case plan for success and independence while assisting in securing housing, employment, education, transportation, and health care.


Next Step provides individuals with a strong foundation for self-reliance. Participants in Next Step will learn necessary life-long skills such as:

  • Financial planning
  • Job readiness
  • Study skills
  • Time management
  • Goal setting
  • Problem solving
  • Critical thinking

Next Step program can help those who are:

  • Homeless
  • A victim of crime
  • Abused or Neglected
  • Emancipated from Foster Care

Those eligible often lack family or friend support, are not employed, have no continuing education plan, are homeless or living in unstable conditions, have mental health and substance abuse issues and lack of transportation. They may also have court or criminal justice involvement.

Program Mission

To empower at-risk young adults in their path to achievement.


Andrea Pollock
13211 Aquilla Rd.
Chardon, OH 44024
P: 440.426.2010
F: 440.426.2012