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Welcome to Step Three's History Page! Explore the journey behind our organization, from its inception to key milestones and values. Learn about our origin, mission, and the dedicated team driving our vision forward. Discover the story of resilience, progress, and community impact that defines Step Three, Inc.

Exerior of Step Three's outside windows and glass front door

Step Three: A Name that Means Progress

The story behind Step Three's name reflects a commitment to progress and resilience. Picture a small group of Oklahoma change makers embarking on a mission to help their community members through life's challenges. They sought a name that encapsulated their mission: guiding individuals towards a brighter, more sustainable future, one step at a time.

Enter 'Step Three. This name embodies the essence of moving forward, even amidst adversity. It signifies reaching a pivotal moment where one is ready to confront obstacles and enact positive change. 


Our logo, featuring a large bear journeying towards three mountains under the rising sun, visually represents this ethos. The bear symbolizes resilience, the mountains signify life's hurdles, the rising sun represents new beginnings and each step the bear takes marks progress towards positive change and renewal.

For Step Three, our name is not just a label—it's meant to signify a beacon of hope and resilience.

It reminds us that no matter the obstacles, progress is always within reach.

Founding & Milestones

Step Three was born from a deep-rooted desire to serve the community of southeastern Oklahoma. Founded by Misti Luke, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with two decades of experience in behavioral health services, our journey began with a mission to fill the gaps in services and support.

Key milestones include our incorporation as a nonprofit corporation in 2022 and certification by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse in February 2024. Another significant achievement was the certification of our Batterers Intervention Program by the Oklahoma Attorney General's Victim Services Unit.

Mission and Values

At Step Three, the staff is dedicated to providing top-notch behavioral health and educational services backed by evidence, aimed at making a positive impact on the lives of Oklahoma residents. The team at Step Three is passionate about their work and committed to helping our rural communities thrive.  

  • Compassion: We approach each individual with empathy and understanding, recognizing their inherent worth and dignity.

  • Empowerment: We believe in equipping individuals with the tools and resources they need to overcome challenges and achieve their goals.

  • Collaboration: We value collaboration and partnership, working alongside community members and organizations to maximize our impact.

  • Integrity: We uphold the highest ethical standards in all our endeavors, maintaining transparency and accountability in everything we do.

Impact and Achievements

While we are still in the early stages of our journey, Step Three is committed to making a meaningful difference in the lives of those we serve. Stay tuned for updates on our impact and achievements as we continue to grow and expand our reach in southeast Oklahoma.

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