|First Steps Spirituality Center is a 501(c)3 non-for profit organization.|
About First Steps
First Steps Spirituality Center is a first of its kind community based
organization that provides spiritual support to children and teens who
have experienced crisis and trauma such death, suicide, divorce, having
school issues, abuse, eating disorders or pain of any kind. While
spiritually based, First Steps respects and honors the individual
spiritual belief systems of the children and families served. Our
services are offered at no cost to the children or their families.
Being the first spirituality center for children and teens in the
nation, we also offer classes, workshops and trainings to educate
adults about our approach to helping children and teens cope and heal
using their spirituality as a tool.
The primary approach to helping children and teens heals from pain is
through our One-On-One Spiritual Support Sessions, where children and
teens can find a safe place to express their deepest pain and hurts and
tap into their personal and spiritual strength while being helped along
this journey by a trained and caring adult.
First Steps also provides support groups and workshops for children
such as an annual grief group during holiday times; Teen Heartbeat,
which is a support group for teens who have experienced the death of a
loved one to suicide; and several grief groups at local funeral homes
and at schools.
Trainings and consultations for various community organizations are
provided to equip professionals in our community and across the country
to help children during times of crisis.
What does First Steps do?
First Steps serves children and teens,
nurturing their spiritual strength, giving them tools that will serve
them for a lifetime. Through listening to and learning from children and teens over the
course of 25 years, Rev. Leanne Hadley has developed amazingly
effective healing methods that set First Steps apart. Her
hands-on approach and one-on-one time with children make her ministry
one that is "hands-on" rather than just a "study of."
Children face daily crisis including death, divorce, relocation,
deployed parents, blended families, school struggles, and low self
esteem. These children need the spiritual strength to cope and survive
these stresses. First Steps provides tools for the children to claim
their spiritual strength and use it in times of crisis.
Parents and grandparents also often find themselves ill equipped to help
their child in times of crisis and pain. First Steps offers tools,
training and support for these parents.
Helping Caregiving Professionals...
Professionals including teachers, ministers, Christian Educators,
psychologists, medical doctor and nurses are turning to First Steps for
training and tolls to help the children in their lives.
With a multi-dimensional approach using one-on-one support, educational
events, and making our tools available widely on the web, First Steps
is poised to help children, parents, grandparents, and professionals
reach children and help them cope and heal using their spiritual