SAN DIEGO, Nov. 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Support the Enlisted Project (STEP), a Southern California-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit, was named The City of Oceanside's "2015 Non-Profit Veteran Organization of the Year" for their work in helping military and veteran families in the Camp Pendleton area recover from times of verifiable financial crises. The presentation ceremony took place at the most recent monthly city council convening.
"This is a completely humbling experience, given the league of former recipients of this honor. Oceanside has a proud military history and has been taking care of service members and veterans for years; we are proud to be a viable part of that network of support," said STEP President, Tony Teravainen.
Councilmember Jerome Kern, on behalf of the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and other councilmembers presented Teravainen, and board member, Greg Jackey, with a formal certificate of recognition for the nonprofits work in the area.
STEP's mission focuses on helping service members and veterans change their lives by providing counseling, financial education and, when necessary, grants to creditors in order to set them on a path to financial self-sufficiency. Areas of assistance include emergency food, rent & mortgage, utilities, auto repair, critical baby items and other emergency assistance.
Serendipitously, the honor comes as STEP launches its holiday giving campaign.
"Last year, with the help of many generous contributors throughout the United States, we helped 4,390 family members impacted by financial struggles with the distribution of more than $408,000 in grants. I am proud to say that we have never had to turn an eligible family in need away," said Teravainen, "We believe those who have sacrificed to serve our country deal with enough hardships; financial uncertainty shouldn't be one of them."
STEP relies strictly on the generosity of individuals, corporations and foundations to execute its mission of caring for military and veteran families. To learn more about the nonprofit's mission, see the impact of its programs, and/or to make a tax-deductible contribution, please visit www.stepsocal.org.
Steve McClelland, Email
Support the Enlisted Project (STEP)
STEP Office: 858.695.6810
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