Emergency Financial Assistance

"Thank you, just thank you so much for all of your help." - Melissa



Are you ready to get started building your brighter financial future?  You've come to the right place!

We know that you are struggling financially and that your situation is not exactly like anyone else’s.   

We stand ready to help you relieve your financial stress by helping you take charge of your finances.  Take the first step on your path to your brighter financial future by completing the application as thoroughly as possible. 


Kathi Bradshaw, MSW, CPFC


P.S. Please carefully read and follow the application instructions right on the top section. 

Diaper Distribution ​ (San Diego County)

Do you find it difficult to provide enough diapers for your kids?  Are you re-using or ‘making them last’?  STEP’s partnership with the San Diego Food Bank allows us to distribute diapers to E1 to E6 military and veteran families in need living or serving in San Diego County.  To sign up for the program, please submit your application by one of the links below.

  • E1-E6 Active Duty or Veteran Honorably discharged within the last 18 months

  • Currently live in San Diego County

  • One Sleeve Per Family

Financial Freedom Seminars

A family's financial health is part of mission readiness. Pick up the tools to successfully balance your family budget and plan for a healthy financial future at STEP's Financial Freedom Seminars.

This highly interactive workshop is designed to support attendees in developing personal financial goals and a concrete plan to achieve them.  Prior attendees have rated this workshop extremely highly remarking that they feel more confident about their financial skills and that attendance was a great use of their time.  Many have stated that, though they felt they had their finances under control before attending, they were glad they came because it added more tools to their toolbox. 


The workshop is presented by request to active duty or veteran groups of all sizes. 


Optional:  please bring a list of all monthly expenses and the minimum monthly payment on each loan or credit card.  You will not be asked to share any of this in detail.

For more information or to set up a Financial Freedom Seminar, please email  

Offsetting The Cost of Living For Our Military Families

Throughout the year, STEP strives to build healthy relationships with community partners (i.e. San Diego Padres) to acquire in-kind donations (i.e. tickets) that we are able to give to active duty and veteran families. These gifts are meant to directly offset costs they would incur if they were trying to provide entertainment from their monthly family budget. The events are meant to help provide a short period of relief from the stress involved with financial hardship. They afford the family a short opportunity to enjoy quality time together without deviating from their long-term financial growth.

Annual Baby Drive


STEP collects baby items at various locations from March 1 – March 31 to distribute to our young military families throughout the year. Some of the items will be distributed at our Military Family Appreciation Carnival, Warehouse on Wheels, and maintaining supplies in our warehouse for client warehouse visits. STEP is looking to collect:


  • Diapers and Wipes

  • New/Gently Used Baby Clothes and Toys

  • New/Gently Used Strollers and High Chairs

  • New Car Seats/Booster Chairs and Cribs

  • Retail and Grocery Gift Cards


If you would like to host a donation drop off point for 2021, please contact Tracie Winn,

Military Family Appreciation Carnival

"This is such a great event. It's nice to be able to show up, have fun as a family and not have to worry about a thing! Thank you for everything you guys do to make this life a bit easier."  -Steven


Each Spring, STEP presents a free day of fun for E1-E6 military families in the San Diego area in conjunction with MCAS. Come enjoy the free entertainment, live bands, distribution of baby items, prize giveaways, arts & crafts, face painting, balloon artist, bounce house and other fun activities. Complimentary food is provided to the first 100 families who register in advance with inexpensive food options for all in attendance.  


Please like us on Facebook ( for notification of Open Registration. Space is limited!


Sponsorships are also available. Please contact Tracy Owens,  for more information.  

Thanksgiving Meals


"Even though it's my husband's first Thanksgiving at home (not deployed) in four years,  wasn't sure how we could afford a turkey.  Thanks to STEP, my husband is excited about having a full Thanksgiving Dinner. Thank you so much, I can't explain how much this means to us." -Sara


The Southern California community comes together to donate turkeys and more to help ensure that military and veteran families can celebrate with a traditional Thanksgiving meal.


Keep your eye on STEP’s Facebook page ( for information about available Thanksgiving Meals for military and veteran families. 


To donate or host a donation drop off point for our 2020 Thanksgiving Food Drive, please contact

Sharing The Joy


Wow, thank you isn't enough to express how appreciative we are. Truly brought tears to my eyes. God bless you and everyone who has made this possible for our 3 children." Adam


STEP’s opportunity to Share the Joy of the holidays links military and veteran families who are currently struggling or recovering from financial hardship, with civilian families and corporate sponsors throughout the Southern California community. If your family is struggling this year, ‘like’ our Facebook page ( and watch for the open sign up starting in September.


Specific criteria for consideration:  

  • Has a Financial Need

  • Active Duty or Recently Discharged (honorably within 18 months)

  • Pay Grades E-1 through E-6

  • Reside in Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Diego, San Bernardino, Kern or Ventura County

  • Registration does not guarantee participation as we are dependent upon community partners for family adoptions. 



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9951 Businesspark Ave., Suite A, San Diego, CA 92131

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(858) 695-6810


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