Adults and children transforming their lives through employment and life skills training.

who we are


meet the team.


our beliefs.



Adults and children transforming their lives through employment and life skills training.



To be the premier resource in Wake County for people seeking to improve their lives and develop stable careers.



We believe lives are transformed through God's love and grace.

We are guided by the needs of our participants.

We are careful stewards of all relationships and resources in our care.

We seek and value diversity, inclusiveness, equality, accountability and collaboration.

We joyfully celebrate efforts and success.


our motivation.



Because unemployment and lack of resources keeps the entire community from thriving. And every family deserves stability.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 20.1% of the people in Raleigh are living below the poverty level. In some neighborhoods in Wake County, 23% of residents are unemployed. 

Many of these men and women are actively seeking employment and stability, but face barriers such as criminal backgrounds, racial inequality, histories of drug abuse, domestic violence, and/or homelessness. 

Unemployment creates vulnerable situations for hundreds of families, which prohibits people from living their best lives. 


meet the board.

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Board Chair Michael Story

Vice Chair Katherine Anne Hamlin

Finance Chair Jimmy Glover

Secretary Kirby Jones

Financial Development Chairs Anna White Hosea and John Matthews

Program Chair Brendan Hale

At Large Anne Underwood and Edmund Waddill


Board Members

John Martin, CAPTRUST

John Matthews, Baker Roofing

Jacques Oury, Red Hat

Anne Ramsay, Community Leader

Robert Rehm, Smith Anderson

Andrew Rose, Capitol Financial Solutions

Katherine Ross, Parker Poe

Gregg Sandreuter, Beacon Partners

Elizabeth Scott, Williams Mullen

DeShelia Spann, Harte Hanks

Harriet Stephenson, WakeMed

Michael Story, Sentinel Risk Advisors

Anne Underwood, Underwood and Roberts

Edmund Waddill, Cherokee Investments

Jacqueline Whittenburg, UNC Medical Research

Colleen Camaione-Edmonston, St. Timothy’s School

John Constance, Retired Business Executive

Angie Dowd, Retired Financial Expert

Jimmy Glover, Mid-Atlantic Securities

Jimmy Goodmon, CBC New Media Group

Brendan Hale, Baker Roofing

Katherine Anne Hamlin, Hamlin Companies

Emmett Haywood, Nicholls and Crampton

Anna Hosea, Community Leader

Ben Hughes, NC State University

Kirby Jones, Daniel Center for Science and Math

Brandon Lowery, BLLC Landscaping

Katrina Lyons, Cardinal Advisors

Maria Lyons, Community Leader

Pierre Marcella, WingSwept




The purpose of the Young Professional (YoPro) Committee is to build awareness and attract participation within the local young professional community.  The YoPro Committee will encourage a new generation of volunteerism through creative program development and initiatives to support StepUp Ministries fundraising efforts. 


Interested in getting involved?

Check out our four sub-committees:



The Membership sub-committee’s primary responsibility is to attract and engage additional volunteers to assist with StepUp programs & events.


The Signature Events sub-committee is responsible for planning and carrying out several organized gatherings with the goal of fundraising and bolstering membership.  


The Programs sub-committee is responsible for collaborating with StepUp to help determine volunteer activities and related programs in support of the mission and vision.  


The Marketing & Public Relations sub-committee will be responsible for building StepUp Ministry’s awareness in the young professional community.  


meet our sponsors.







meet our partners.



Reusing furnishings, renewing lives.




Recycling cars, changing lives.


Triangle Family Services


Building a stronger community by strengthening the family.


Alliance Medical Ministry


Compassionate medical care for our working neighbors.




Empowering women on a journey to self-sufficiency.


GG's Closet


Providing pride and self-confidence in men.


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Key Facts:

• StepUp Ministry has been serving the community in Wake County since 1988.

• StepUp Ministry in Raleigh is one of three StepUp Ministry programs in North Carolina. We also have programs in Durham and Greensboro.

• 2015-2016 Program Stats:

◦ 277 participants placed in jobs with 195 different employers through the Employment Program

◦ 177 adults participated in the yearlong Life Skills Program

◦ 49 young adults participated in the Real World Program

◦ 90 children participated in the Children's Program

◦ 113 alumni continued their involvement with StepUp Ministry in the Alumni Program

Key Contacts:

Linda Nunnallee, Executive Director: or (919) 781-0156 x110

Mary Allison Raper, Development Director: or (919) 781-0156 x125

Angela Coleman, Employment and Life Skills Program Director: or (919) 781-0156 x106

Colisha C. Stanford, Children's Program Director: or (919) 781-0156 x102


join the team.


Real World Program Assistant


Position: Real World Program Assistant

Reports to: Real World Program Coordinator

Status: Part Time – 10 Hours Per week

Requirements:   High School Diploma  

Position Overview: The Real World Program Assistant will work directly with the Real World Program Coordinator and the Children’s Program Case Managers to build and maintain strong relationships with young adults ages sixteen to Twenty One years old participating in our programs and with volunteers serving in our Real World Program. The Program Assistant will aid in overseeing classrooms, instruction, and events designed to serve our young adults.

Position does require mandatory Tuesday evening availability from 2:30pm to 8:30pm and flexibility during the week to attend trainings, meetings, and events. Listed below is an overview of job duties for the program assistant position. Position may require other duties not listed below

Job Responsibilities:

Tuesday Night (70%)

  • Matching Program
    • Responsible for collecting certified funds from the young adults on a monthly basis, and keep a detailed record concerning the collection of funds.  This includes written and electronic documentation.
  • New Enrollment
    • Assist young adults in completing initial documentation to enroll in the Real World program, this may include answering questions and follow up phone calls if young adult decided not to continue in the program.  Young adults information should be processed in our data base in a timely manner, including a log of any follow up contacts that were made
  • Programing
    • Responsible for assisting with the development of engaging educational activities.  Will be required to facilitate or teach activities.  Along with being knowledgeable about the lesson that will be taught on a particular night. Additionally Program assistant must be willing to develop positive rapport with young adults to assist full time staff in better serving the young adults needs.

Office Duties (15%)

  • All documents should be recorded in our office database and shredded after items are uploaded.  These documents include, initial enrollment documents, activities completed in class, weekly goal sheets, and file completion after participant graduation.  The program assistant will also be responsible for innovation and creation of new ways to engage young adults including but not limited to incentive programs, professionalism training, and volunteer events. Aid in developing new ways to engage young adults in a positive manner.

Young Adult & Volunteer Recruitment (15%)

  • Assist in recruiting young adults into the Real World program. Assist in recruiting volunteers for the Real World program.  Including individual volunteers and institutional partnerships.

Preferred Skills:

  • Oral and written skills
  • Excellent organizational, planning, and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong leadership skills (Growing groups, presenting to others, etc.)
  • Ability to interact effectively with all levels of management and employees.
  • Ability to effectively handle multiple concurrent tasks with various deadlines.
  • Able to effectively use the Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)

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