Stepping Stone is one of the oldest non-profit organizations in Canada that provides support and services to individuals currently and formerly involved in the sex trade. The people we serve are diverse, and include women, men, trans-gendered individuals, indigenous peoples, minorities, and so on. We advocate for their human rights and equal access to community supports such as health care and social services.
Stepping Stone believes that all individuals have the right to choice and self determination; regardless of their occupation. Our organization meets people where they are. If and when an individual decides to exit the trade, we also support them in their choice through our transition support program. We identify and strive to eliminate the gaps and challenges that exists when someone attempts to exit sex work. One of those ways is by providing comprehensive personal and professional development opportunities that help them build on inherent skills, talents and abilities they already possess.
Stepping Stone acts as a best practice organization that champions sex workers as people first. Stepping Stone works to increase community engagement through education, presentations, health promotion, and advocacy.
About THE STEPPING STONE ASSOCIATION
Stepping Stone was formed in the mid 80's as a project out of the Elizabeth Fry Society, following the murders of two young sex workers in Halifax. In 1989, it branched out as an independent organization providing street outreach. Almost thirty years later, Stepping Stone continues to provide an outreach service, but also provides a wide range of other essential services. They include, court and corrections support, drop in centre, food bank, transition support, certification courses, housing support and referrals to community partners.