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STEP UP SAVANNAH
STEP UP SAVANNAH

Step Up Savannah promotes economic opportunity and financial security in Chatham County, GA.  While more than a quarter of Savannah’s residents live in poverty, that percentage jumps to 50% and higher in some neighborhoods. Such high rates have persisted for more than 30 years.

Established in 2005 by a group of community leaders who recognized that the city’s pockets of concentrated poverty impair the economic development of the entire community, Step Up incorporated as an independent nonprofit in 2008 and now has a 39-member board of directors.

The organization acts as a convener, attracts outside resources, adapts and creates effective programs and products, trains neighborhood and nonprofit leaders, and advocates for policies that will improve the lives of low-income families. It works through a participative process relying upon its diverse board of directors and a network of partners, seeking out lasting solutions that enable low-income families to work toward economic self-sufficiency.

When we use the term “poverty” we mean the federal poverty threshold, measured by the individual and family income levels established for government programs. We recognize the limitation of the poverty threshold formula that was established in 1960; it is believed to overstate the proportion of a family budget required for food while understating current realities in the costs of housing, healthcare, and childcare. Therefore, we also use the “self-sufficiency” wage. That is the wage level at which an individual or family has enough income to purchase housing, food, transportation, childcare and healthcare, without subsidy.

OUR MISSION

Step Up Savannah promotes economic inclusion and financial security from Chatham County, GA

OUR VISION

Step Up Savannah believes that the beloved community is a community where all people have hope and opportunity, where we challenge injustice, and where all community members step up to create a more economically inclusive community.

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OUR TEAM
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Alicia M. Johnson

Executive Director

Jeanelle Brown

Office Administrator
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Tanika Rivers

Chatham Apprentice Program Manager
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Quin Peterson

Communications and Development Director
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Derrick Parker

Director of Financial Security
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Antonio Hampton

CAP Coordinator
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Dr. Ruthie Williams

Community Collaborative Coordinator
ESTABLISHING PILLARS FOR ALIGNMENT
CENTER

Those who have been systematically disenfranchised and marginalized. The least, the last, and the left out.

PARTNER

Collaborate for the purpose of Advocacy and Capacity Building

LIFT UP & ADVOCATE

Promising Solutions that are systems-oriented

INCUBATE & EVALUATE

Local & Regional Solutions and Programs for effectiveness and expansion

AMPLIFY

Humanize the work and Share the Story

Our WHY

Living below 200% federal poverty level are uninsured
Households of color with $0 Net Worth
Spending over 30% of income on Rent alone
Maximum projected income for children in Opportunity Zones