Next Step Ministries | A Safe Haven From Domestic Violence in Kernersville, NC

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our story

About Us

In 1998, community leaders came to the realization of a sad truth. Many women and children in the Forsyth County area had been beaten, terrorized, and sometimes tragically killed. The truth of the matter is that no woman should have to live in an environment where she consistently fears for her safety. Neither should she have to fear for the well being of her children.

Community leaders recognized that a battered woman and her children need a place of healing and security. They envisioned a place where victims of domestic violence could go for food, shelter, guidance, and safety. This is how Next Step Ministries was born.

Next Step Ministries is a 501c3 non-profit organization with the goal of assisting individuals and families impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault. 

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Next Step Ministries will be a model for providing shelter, comprehensive services, goals-based programs, and unbiased care for victims of domestic violence and their families. Awareness and prevention of domestic violence in the community will be supported through education, public relations and fundraising.


The mission of Next Step Ministries is to provide refuge, advocacy, and education to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and the broader community. 

Core Values

  • As a faith-based organization we believe that healthy, safe relationships are important components of strong communities.
  • We respect the diversity of those we serve and strive to provide culturally responsive services in a respectful and compassionate manner.
  • We honor each individual’s path, and through education help to motivate them to use their strengths in achieving personal growth and empowerment.
  • We are committed to high standards of honesty, absolute confidentiality and accountability