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Posted on: February 9, 2018

Stepping Stone Hosts Photo Shoot for Homeless Residents

Some special visitors made a stop at a local homeless shelter this week to give residents a boost in their job hunts.

On Wednesday afternoon, Stepping Stone hosted "Headshots for the Homeless" at their emergency housing facility in Anoka.  Dozens of residents had the chance to get up-to-date professional headshots with the help of a hairstylist, makeup artist and photographer.  The photos can be used on social media accounts and networking sites like LinkedIn.

"One of the barriers is just getting yourself out there and presenting yourself for applications and jobs and education and housing," says Julie Jeppson, Stepping Stone Executive Director.  "So this is hopefully filling that need where they can put a good image of themselves out there."

"It means a lot, I mean it really boosts my self-esteem, you know it actually gave me a confidence boost," says Shane Black, Stepping Stone resident.

Stepping Stone serves up to 66 men and women at any one time who stay anywhere from one day to one year.  Excluding Hennepin and Ramsey counties, it's the only homeless shelter for single adults in the rest of the metro area.

For more information on Stepping Stone and ways to help, click here.

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