Message from the Chief Executive Officer

As we watch news footage of the devastation in areas ravaged by Hurricane Harvey, our hearts break for the victims and their circumstances. Words cannot express our concern for those in Texas and Louisiana whose lives have been changed by these catastrophic and tragic events.

The gathering of a nation and the compassion shown by those who are volunteering their time to help is inspirational. Our hearts and prayers go out to all, victims and volunteers alike.

For those of you who have been looking for an opportunity to help, here are a few nationwide relief-effort contacts:

  • The American Red Cross ( has a telephone hotline for donations from citizens: 1-800-HELP-NOW (1-800-435-7669).
  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is taking a lead role in coordinating the massive mobilization of resources for urban search and rescue efforts, housing, food and medical care.  You can learn more on their website:
  • Feeding America ( is the nation’s largest charitable hunger-relief organization.

Career Step is concerned for all affected, but particularly we want to reach out to Career Step students, graduates, college partners, and clients who have been impacted by this natural disaster.

If your Career Step studies or program has been interrupted or in some other way affected, please contact us as your situation allows.  Email with your name, your student number, and a description of your circumstances, or call 888-657-5752 and select Operations. We will be providing ongoing special support options for those in need.

Best wishes,

Stephen Tober
Career Step President and CEO

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8 thoughts on “Message from the Chief Executive Officer

  1. MsClark says:

    I am proud to be a part of an educational career program that assists individuals achieve a better quality of life, through a career of helping others, that has compassion for those affected by this tragic disaster Hurricane Harvey. My thoughts and prayers are with them.

    • Matthew says:

      I personally wanted to thank you all for the prayers and support during hurricane Harvey. I’m located right on the coast of Louisiana. Though we’re not effected as much as our neighbors in Texas, we have gotten extremes amount of rain and flooding. As of today Harvey has made landfall in South West Louisiana, but is only a tropical storm now. We are still getting heavy rains and our winds or a lot stronger. Please all of Louisiana and Texas in your heart and prayers. Hence the fact that this is the worst hurricane to hit since 2009. Everyone stay safe and look to God for strength and understanding.

  2. Niquela McAravey says:

    Thank you for your wonderful support. It’s so nice to be a part of a program that reaches out to those involved and helps in what ways it can. It may be because of my pregnancy, but this message fills me with so much joy I’ve nearly cried. My cousin and her family live in Texas, thankfully they are fine, but my heart breaks for all those who are affected and have lost much. Thank you for your kindness, thoughtfulness, and generosity. It’s things like this that make me even more likely to recommend others to this program.

  3. Angie Colaianni says:

    Great message! Hopefully Career Step can help the students who have been impacted. I like being a part of a system that cares about others. <3

  4. Janet says:

    My heart reaches out to everybody affected by the storm. I hope your lives can be returned to normal as quickly as possible. I am happy to see on the news how people are helping each other.

  5. Theresa Hogan says:

    I am a citizen of Texas and just wanted to tell you how much I appreciated your message and support to my fellow Career Step students and all Texans who were impacted by Harvey. I live just south of Austin and we weathered Harvey just fine. A few uprooted trees and downed branches, but NOTHING compared to my fellow Texans to the southeast. They are going to need any help Career Step can offer as it is going to take a long time for any sense of normal to return for these people. They are also going to need the help of other Career Step students throughout the country to give to the charity of their choice. Also, keep them in your thoughts and prayers, sometimes just the knowing other people are thinking of them makes all the difference in the world.

    • Rhonda McGrath says:

      Thank you Theresa Hogan…yes there’s going to be a big need of help and especially Texas due to Harvey & we’re blessed to be getting alot of help abroad from all across our great nation. Please keep the prayers coming because people like me and others going thru Harvey do like knowing that others are keeping us in prayers.

  6. Rhonda McGrath says:

    Y’all have no idea how much it means to see & hear about all the great support coming in from within Texas & outside of Texas. My family & I were not as affected as bad as alot of Houstonians but we still have a few months of our own for clean up & remodeling. I promise all of you that have left kind remarks, sent relief (whether it be prayers, money, food or helping thru Red Cross) will not be forgotten by most of us Texans & especially me and my family. We may suffer in one way or another in some type of disaster but God almighty will stand with us all and keep us strong & build us up again as a strong nation, state and cities, and in the end we’ll ALL come out stronger & more thankful for what we have & who we have in our lives. Again thank you all for all the wonderful loving, caring kind support on here & around the world. I personally thank God I chose a school like CareerStep that actually cares about their students, their well being, their families and the disasters of the world. God bless each and everyone of you & your families for the great support of Hurrican Harvey:)

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