ABOUT US

Helping Young Military and Veteran Families Every Day

Our Mission

STEP builds financial self-sufficiency among junior active duty enlisted service members and recently discharged enlisted Veterans and their families in Southern California facing financial crisis through counseling, education and grants.

 

Our Vision

Relevant, reliable and responsive. STEP’s vision is to change the lives of military families and Veterans that we serve by helping them achieve financial self-sufficiency.

We are proud to be recognized by the community and strive to serve our military and veteran families by always "doing the right thing." Thank you to those who have validated the sacrifice of our military families with these awards.

2018 Accomplishments

  • STEP CEO & Co-Founder, Tony Teravainen, selected as a Veteran Vanguard Star Award honoree by the Us4Warriors Foundation

  • STEP CEO & Co-Founder, Tony Teravainen, selected as a 2018 Leadership Award honoree by the North San Diego Business Chamber

  • 2018 Bill Trumpfheller Social Impact Award Winner

  • STEP Vice President, Kathi Bradshaw, MSW, appointed Chair, Transition Fund Committee, San Diego Veteran Employment Committee

  • The Association of Defense Communities name San Diego as a 2018 Great American Defense Community, highlighting Support The Enlisted Project (STEP) as an innovative program serving military families in crisis

  • STEP CEO & Co-Founder, Tony Teravainen, appointed Chair of the San Diego Coast Guard City Executive Steering Committee

  • STEP CEO & Co-Founder, Tony Teravainen, awarded San Diego Mayor Certificate of Recognition

  • STEP CEO & Co-Founder, Tony Teravainen, spoke at TEDx Turtle Rock

  • STEP CEO & Co-Founder, Tony Teravainen, appointed to San Diego County Veterans Advisory Council

  • STEP CEO & Co-Founder, Tony Teravainen named Best Executive in the Nonprofit Category by San Diego Business Journal

  • STEP CEO & Co-Founder, Tony Teravainen, named San Diego County Veteran of the Year in the Nonprofit Category

 

 

2017 Accomplishments

  • San Diego County Veteran of the Year Finalist, Tony Teravainen

  • Member of North San Diego Business Chamber

  • State of California, Senate, Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Achievement - Senator Joel Anderson

  • Charity Navigator - 4 Star Rated 

  • Member of San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce's Defense, Veteran & Military Affairs Council 

  • GuideStar Platinum Participant

  • San Diego Regional Chamber of Business Commerce Small Business Awards Finalist, Vet Success Category

  • Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Achievement serving military families on behalf of the San Diego Military Advisory Council; given by The State of California

  • BBB Accredited Charity (A+)

  • Proud Member of The Circle of Influence: San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce

     

2016 Accomplishments

  • Circle of Excellence Award on behalf of Torrey Pines Bank

  • Special Commendation in recognition of our generous efforts to support enlisted men and women; given by Councilmember Mark Kersey, City of San Diego, Fifth District

  • State of California Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Achievement serving military families on behalf of the San Diego         Military Advisory Council

  • BBB Accredited Charity (A+)

  • Proud Member of Circle of Influence; San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce

  • Special Commendation for our Second Annual Family Appreciation Carnival; given by The City of San Diego

  • Charities Award; given by The Naval Officers’ Spouses’ Club of San Diego

  • Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition; given by Scott Peters, Congressmember  

 

2015 Accomplishments 

  • 2015 Non-Profit Veteran Organization of the Year; given by The City of Oceanside

  • Corporate Member of the Association of the United States Army

  • Certificate of Recognition for our support of veterans and the military and being nominated for the Veterans Allegiance Award; given by The State of California

  • Certificate of Appreciation; given by Military Officers Association of America- Miramar Chapter 

  • Proud Member of Circle of Influence; San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce

  • Special Commendation for our First Annual Family Appreciation Carnival; given by The City of San Diego

  • Charities Award; given by The Naval Officers’ Spouses’ Club of San Diego

  • Certificate of Recognition for advancing the mission of caring for our military and veteran families; given by Marie Waldorn,         Assembly Member 75th District

 

2014 Accomplishments 

  • 2014 San Diego County Veterans Allegiance Award- Nonprofit Nominee

  • Proud Member of Circle of Influence; San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce

  • Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of our outstanding support of veterans and the military; given by The Department of      Veterans Affairs

  • Certificate of Recognition for outstanding leadership and service while demonstrating exemplary support for San Diego’s veteran community; given by Lorena Gonzalez, Assembly Woman, 80th District

  • Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition; given by Duncan Hunter, Congressmember

  • San Diego County Special Proclamation Honoring Support the Enlisted Project   

Support the Enlisted Project is a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit EIN: 20-3051279 
Address: 9951 Businesspark Ave. Suite A San Diego, CA 92131 * Phone: (858) 695-6810
OR 1631 Sunflower Avenue, Suite C34, Santa Ana, CA 92704 * Phone (714) 444-0075
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