In association with Achievement Centers for Children & Families (ACCF) in Delray Beach, A Step in the Right Direction is an organization founded to supply new athletic shoes to children in need. Many families at our center simply cannot afford new shoes at the start of the school year, so we are here to help. New shoes bring happiness, comfort and confidence to a child, increasing the likelihood of athletic and school participation.
As a 501(c)3 organization, ACCF has served the community for over 50 years. ACCF offers early learning, after school, summer camp, teen, and family strengthening programs to under resourced children and their families. 91% of ACCF families have an annual household income of $36,000 or less.
Help us reach our goal of providing a new pair of shoes for each child who attends Achievement Centers for Children & Families for the start of the new school year by donating today!
Families who live below the poverty level often have to choose between groceries and basic necessities for their children. Sally and Bob Painter, founders of A Step in the Right Direction, recognized the need for well-fitting, comfortable sneakers for the over 600 children at Achievement Center for Children & Families in Delray Beach. New shoes offer comfort, dignity and joy, allowing the kids to fit in with others rather than suffer the embarrassment and pain of shoes that do not fit properly or are completely worn out. By rallying their friends, family and neighbors, Bob and Sally intend to solve this basic problem by funding the purchase of new shoes throughout the school year.
A child goes through growth spurts every 3 to 6 months, depending on their age, requiring between 3 to 4 new pairs of shoes each year to ensure they fit properly and that they are comfortable for the active lifestyle of a child. On average a new pair of shoes for a child costs between $30 and $50 which can become a significant cost when having to replace them so often. A Step in the Right Direction aims to provide new shoes for the children who attend the programs at Achievement Centers for Children & Families (ACCF), a non-profit organization that has been established in the Delray Beach community since 1969 and grown to support much of the locally under-resourced community.
ACCF’s programs include, toddler, preschool, afterschool, teen, family strengthening and summer camp. Our afterschool programs provide opportunities for kids to participate in sports such as tennis, lacrosse, golf, dance and step teams, which often leaves their shoes worn. A Step in the Right Direction allows our children to do just that; take A Step in the Right Direction with the support of the community encouraging them to stay active, healthy and happy.