Founder & Executive Director
Stephanie started her career with Automatic Data Processing (ADP) where she spent 9 years in Madison WI, Ann Arbor. MI and Saint Louis, MO. In 2005 she moved to TALX Corporation where she was a Senior Director of the Tax Credit and Incentives Division. At just over $20M it was the smallest division of the company but provided a lot of hands-on learning due to the fact that the entire division was comprised of formerly competing companies. Every day was quite an experience, similar to parenting...
Stephanie left TALX in 2007 after they were acquired by Equifax with the idea of staying home with her children. During her time away from the business world she and her husband became foster parents and adopted a little boy named Marcus. Stephanie also came realize that her passion was helping others so decided to start a nonprofit that filled in the current agency gaps. In August of 2011 the organization was formed and in October it was an official 501c3.
HHMD begin in her living room with 12 referring partner agencies and now has well over 100 agencies that refer the service and a whole warehouse to support the need. The service model has experienced 50% growth year over year and is on track to serve over 2,500 children and their families in 2015 with a target of 4,000 for 2016.
Stephanie and her husband John live in University City with their 4 children ages 5, 8, 16 and 19 and their dogs Hank and Macy.
Education & Resources Director Mary Brown
Mary is a Core Alignment Specialist, Founder of Etched In Your Heart, and a mother and grandmother. Mary has expanded her coaching business to assist and coach parents and families at Helping Hand Me Downs.
Mary’s own powerful coaching journey began from a state of unacceptance in herself and has ignited the passion to “show up” for others with an understanding heart and the ability to feel what others feel. Mary brings a renewed strength by empowering and educating others to RESET, RECOGNIZE and RECLAIM their self-worth. Coaching with Mary creates personal growth that leads to strength and expansion of your wings. She supports those who do not recognize their self-worth. And she is worthy of supporting you and seeing your own worthiness. Mary experienced and understands that more can be created when your mind, body and heart are aligned.
Give yourself permission to get personalized attention. – Mary Brown
Pagedale Manager Monica Wade
Four years ago, I started volunteering with Helping Hand Me Downs. It truly was a blessing in disguise. The very place that helped me, gave me the opportunity to help others. I’m passionate about giving back to my St. Louis community. Helping at-risk mothers get back on their feet is my number one priority. As a mother of three, I understand their unique journey. These women are not just clients. We become friends. Lasting friendships and partnerships grow Helping Hand Me Downs. I’m excited to see what our future holds.
House Springs Manager Leah Greenaway
In October of 2015 I was attending The Crossing in Fenton. Our church had what they called at the time, “Mercy Monday.” This is where it all began. Our group went to University City to a place called Helping Hand Me Downs. I enjoyed the opportunity to serve others. We sorted, organized, and cleaned. Once a month was not enough. I started going once a week and eventually it became three times a week. Knowing that Stephanie wanted to expand, there was a request to open a location in the House Springs area. It took a few months to get it together, and this past November it happened. At our House Springs location, I am one of the managers. God knew my heart and lead me to HHMD.
House Springs Manager Debbie Speh
In 2017 our church, The Crossing in Fenton, partners with Helping Hand Me Down sent volunteers once a month to their Universal City location to help where needed. I signed up and started helping once a month. That didn’t seem I was giving enough of my time helping so my once a month turned into once a week. My time mostly was to go through the donations of clothing, sort and bag according to sizes so that we can hand out to families in need. The need was great so, once again, my once a week turned into twice a week. The time came when we had to close U City and, my partner in crime Leah Greenaway, and I wanted to find a location in the High Ridge/Fenton area where we felt there was a need to help families. In November 2018 we moved and opened a location in House Springs where Leah and I now are co-managers.
Crystal City Staff Jodi Johnson
I spent over 7 years at home as a stay at home mom. During that time I became involved with the Jefferson County Foster Children foundation, where I served as a board member for a short time. Having 2 children of my own, and seeing how so many children their age didn’t have the things my kids consider normal, I began to long to be in a position to help. That’s when I met Stephanie with HHMD and was offered a chance to serve at the Crystal City location.
I love being a part of HHMD being able to be one of many people to help serve the needs of these kids and their families during such difficult times.
Kim Dann Messier