About Us



Our Mission is to transform the lives of at-risk pregnant women, so they will deliver healthy babies, embrace positive parenting, and establish safe homes and secure futures.  



Our Vision is that every woman would see her pregnancy as a catalyst for positive change. By building on her strengths, she will choose health, see hope for her future, and give back to her family and her community.



Founder & Executive Director

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Krista Linden

During a student teaching experience, back when I was in college, I met a little girl named Leanne who had fetal alcohol syndrome. She was completely void of life. When I finally met her mother, I understood why. Years later, when I held my first baby in my arms, I pictured her in the arms of Leanne’s mother. I knew, in that moment, that I wanted to dedicate my life to helping mothers be the best they could be, so that every baby could have a healthy start in life and be given their best chance. And, I knew that our families and our communities would be stronger, if I could do it.

I knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. But, I believed that it was possible to not just offer another hand out, but a transformational hand up – one mother, one baby, one healthy step at a time.

In 1997, I found a registered nurse, a licensed counselor, a dietitian, and some community members who would be on my board, and I founded Step By Step.

Step By Step has grown to serve over 1,200 women each year. We have helped thousands of women transform their lives and the lives of their families for the better.


Krista, with her husband Jon and their seven daughters