Welcome to Grateful Steps Foundation where ideas and voices grow. For more information, please read about our organization, mission statement and executive director.

Grateful Steps' Contribution to Stand Against Racism Combines with April Interfaith again this year with the Ron Eddings story
ron
  • Ron Eddings, a Grateful Steps author (Broken) and fourth-place winner as co-author with Freddy Robinson of a screenplay (From My Eyes: The Ron Eddings Story)at an international contest (2008 Cinema City International Film Festival: Screenplay Category), will discuss racism he and his friends and family suffered when he was growing up in Asheville, the downward spiral his life subsequently took (drugs, prison, despair) and his triumph of recovery with God as his pilot. He responded to outreach by Scottie and Jack Barnes, founders of Forgiven Ministry, Inc. Taylorsville, NC. He participated with Charles Coulson's ministry and eventually took his moving story to inmates in prisons all over the United States.
 SAR_2018_OurPower_Graphic
Eliminating Racism
Stand Against Racism to better inform our community about issues of racial justice. 
The YWCA of Asheville is arguably the most diverse organization in Asheville in terms of race, socioeconomic condition, sexual orientation, and ethnic makeup of program participants, staff, and governing board. We intentionally build the power of women and people of color by intentionally advertising in media other than mainstream, including those of the Hispanic and African-American communities with the intention of hiring capable regardless of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, marital status, ancestry, disability or veteran status. Our hiring policies specifically prohibit discrimination or harassment of any kind.
The YWCA's programs are designed to address the inequities, gaps, and disparities that are created by institutional racism. We also support national, state, and local initiatives that contribute to the elimination of racism. This includes, but is not limited to, policies that eliminate racial profiling, increase immigrant rights, retain and strengthen affirmative action, reduce hate crimes and provide education on racism and its elimination.
The YWCA of Asheville uses tools of education and advocacy through our 



Event date: 
Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 5:30p.m.
Event address: Grateful Steps
30 Ben Lippen School Road, #107
Asheville, North Carolina 28806

(828) 277-0998 micki@gratefulsteps.org  
Hot off the press


A Mighty Forest, A Mighty World

Forest front cover for website


A Mighty Forest, A Mighty World is an easily accessible and timely allegorical review of our past, our present, and a future that still longs to be. Whether recalling the dynamic, centuries-old history of the Americas, the rift between environmental care and industrial productivity, or some elemental struggle we might wrestle with internally within our individual lives, it provides--in poetic simplicity--a concise picture of the path we've taken from an “idyllic youth” . . .  to the inevitable and impossible conundrum of where we are.
And as for the way forward? Here, for some, may lie a surprising and refreshing re-introduction. For all, it is hoped, a humbling and powerful reminder of mankind's greatest ally . . . and greatest hope.

A Mighty Forest
A Mighty World
by gn holt

An allegorical review of
where we’ve been,
where we are,
and where we’re called to go

ISBN 978-1-935130-19-2
List Price $8.95



Sacred Connections Horsemanship

Horse front Cover for web

What if . . .
you felt safe galloping down hills . . .
you could ride your horse anywhere . . .

and riding was all you’d ever dreamed it would be?


Sacred Connections Horsemanship shows you how to create a loving, empowered partnership with your horse. Within this book is a step-by-step, logical approach to understanding and working with the horse through the wisdom of chakra energy. The method includes a system of communication using a language the horse can understand and a non-interfering way of riding that creates a healthy flow of energy between horse and rider. Here you will discover the secrets of creating the safe, cooperative, fun, happy horse you’ve always dreamed of riding.
This book is for the rider who wants more than a horse that submits. For the horseman or woman who wants more than playing games. For those who wish a deep, empowering connection with the horse’s mind, body and spirit . . .
is a step-by-step, logical approach to understanding and working with the horse through the wisdom of chakra energy. The method includes a system of communication using a language the horse can understand and a non-interfering way of riding that creates a healthy flow of energy between horse and rider. Here you will discover the secrets of creating the safe, cooperative, fun, happy horse you’ve always dreamed of riding.
This book is for the rider who wants more than a horse that submits. For the horseman or woman who wants more than playing games. For those who wish a deep, empowering connection with the horse’s mind, body and spirit . . .


Sacred Connections Horsemanship:
Empowering Horse and Rider through Chakra Energy

by Catherine Hunter
ISBN 978-1-935130-80-2
List Price $18.95


Who’s Got Your Back?

back front for web



In Who’s Got Your Back?, engaging characters are rising to the best within themselves as each one faces different and very real issues in life—among them single parenting and parental rejection, childhood incest revealed as an adult and the painful transformations that accompany major illness within the family. They draw the reader into a depth common to each of us. It is through these specific issues of life we each encounter that we are challenged to make choices, and it is through these choices that we manifest and become who we are in this world. Who’s Got Your Back? powerfully expresses the gamut of emotions from the dearest, innocent humor and tenderness of childhood to the soaring loves and sorrows throughout adult life. Pulled together by a young girl named Pauli, these characters face life’s realities with courage and strength. They bond with moving loyalty, such that the reader is left with an ever present beacon of hope and optimism. Who’s Got Your Back? is a novel that will remain within the reader’s heart.

Barbara Duncan founded and was director of The R.E.A.C.H. Centre, Reach Every Adult and Child to Heal, 1990-2007, in Williamsburg, Virginia, where she provided counseling for individuals, couples and families and specialized in the treatment of child abuse in all its forms. Her practice was featured as the “Healing Segment” of
Scared Silent, a nationally aired television documentary on all forms of child abuse, hosted by Oprah Winfrey, 1992. Barbara’s warmth, her belief in our inner wisdom and her enthusiasm for life are reflected in Who’s Got Your Back? She retired to Asheville, North Carolina, in 2007, where she lives with her husband, Russ, and their five small dogs. Sunsets over the mountains are especially meaningful to them.

Who’s Got Your Back?
by Barbara B. Duncan
ISBN 978-1-945714-13-9
List Price $14.95


Drunks, Monks and Mental Illness . . . based on a lie


MONKS COVER front cover for web


Rachel faces the obstacle of addiction. For most of her early life, she hid in the far corners of her mind. As a young child, she was brutally victimized by her red-headed monster, Ollie, and was afraid to come out from under her bed of fear. She continued to pile more and more blankets on that bed with unhealthy relationships, hard living, drugging and denial until finally she had the courage to crawl out from under that weight. That began her journey of recovery.

This book gives a glimpse into the raw, naked, heart-wrenching world of addiction and the struggle to return from the depths of trauma and tragedy. Though fiction, it is a true-to-life example of one woman’s journey from brokenness to picking up her own pieces, while trying to help others pick up theirs. This intriguing tale of self-medicating the torment of mental illness, takes place in the heart of the Western North Carolina recovery community. – Vernetta Eleazer, MS, LCAS,
CCS Director: Swain Recovery Center


Barbara Willis Kimbrell is first and foremost a believer in change. A licensed, clinical,substance-abuse counselor with her Masters in social work, she has witnessed change firsthand. Her own struggles are a testimony to her conviction that life’s scars are part of one’s identity and do not need to be concealed. She is a daughter, sister, mother, grandmother and loving partner to a wonderful man. She is the proud daughter of a Russian immigrant. She has two dogs, Gizmo and Satchmo. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina.


Drunks, Monks and Mental Illness
by Barbara Willis Kimbrell
ISBN
978-1-945714-14-6
List Price $12.95




Bent 31 Poems

bent cover smaller hi res for web



If I am in the chocolate dress,
If I am showing knee,
If I slap the mosquito on my leg,
and I am free
and climbing up the loft
to fetch another book,
then I feel most alive.

– from “Bent”

T.A. Price lives in Rutherfordton, North Carolina where she has enjoyed a long career as a distinguished teacher and school administrator.  A former feature writer for The Mountain Breeze, Price has also received first place awards for poetry in The Anuran and in Reflections literary magazines. She has been published in: WNC Woman, Rutherford County News, Survivor's Review, The Advocate, Fictionique, Open Salon (Scupper), and Our Salon. Prior publications include two chapbooks, and one collection of verse, Perennial Heart.


Foreword by Ron Rash
“. . . clearly one of our state’s best poets.”


Bent 31 Poems
by T.A. Price
ISBN
978-1-945714-08-5
List Price $9.95

Coming Soon
Purchase soon at 10% discount
(828) 277-0998 micki@gratefulsteps.org

Reflections of Emma by Robert Tate
Invisible by Angela Scott
Office in Back by Linda Harley
Joy on the Mountain by Wilma Styles
Bits of Sugar by Short Story Contest winners




Sign up to receive our newsletter

Secure-Subscribe to our Email Newsletter






Computers kindly donated by
Header41