Next Step

Our mission is to help young adults who have experienced hardships such as abuse, neglect, and homelessness transition into stabilized independence. 

Next Step is a community-based program that focuses on empowering victimized youth on their path to self-sufficiency. Our case managers will assist youth in securing housing, employment, education, transportation, and health care. We work with clients to create a developed case plan situated around their individual needs.

GEAUGA PHONE :  216-990-0524 or 440-214-9000
PORTAGE PHONE :  330-357-2111
EMAIL: [email protected]
Distressed young adult experiencing homelessness.


We work with young adults aged 18-24 in Portage and Geauga Counties who are often coming out of traumatic situations and are either homeless or at-risk for homelessness. We help these individuals transition into a more stable situation and create a plan that has sustainable goals that help achieve self-sufficiency. Next Step can also assist with finding housing and employment or applying for college and vocational training.

Contact us today to receive support for yourself or someone you know.


Thank you for your interest in donating to Next Step. We are always in need of donations for the following items:

  • Grocery or gas gift cards
  • Paper products
  • Toiletry items

Any donations we receive are passed along to our clients.

You can also make a monetary donation by using the button below. 

Young adult in need of financial assistance to secure employment and health care.

MakING An Impact

"Thanks for believing in me when I didn’t believe in myself."

– a former Next Step client