Established in 1977, First Step serves as a shelter for victims of family violence and sexual assault. The center offers an abuse prevention program. Its range of services includes emergency accommodation and transportation, crisis assistance, parenting education, food and clothing, and information, referrals and advocacy. The center s children s program provides support services and organizes recreational activities for the resident children. First Step also owns and operates the First Step Family Store that offers clothing and household items to our clients at no charge and is open to the public.