Steepletown: Equity, Inclusion & Diversity

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Steepletown has been working on further developing its policies and practices as an organization to be more inclusive, diverse, and racially equitable.  Steepletown contracted with the Partners for a Racism-Free Community earlier this year and have been guided through its assessments and coaching.  Specifically there are six standards or areas that are assessed using what… Read more »

(Help) Career-Minded Individuals Wanted!

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  Steepletown through a workforce development initiative called JobStart is introducing some amazing talent to local employers who are eagerly in need of filling job openings!  JobStart is not a job… It is first and foremost a work experience that offers the space in which to further develop and practice the skills, behaviors, and thinking… Read more »

Camp Kitchen Sage Replaces the Bonfire with a Stove

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For those of you who know Chef Tommy FitzGerald, you would expect some type of knock-off from the 80’s era of film-making.  Camp Kitchen Sage though is relevant, timely and has proven to be an effective program for training older youth and young adults in basic employability skills.  And of course, like any summer camp,… Read more »

Kayla’s Dreams at Civic Theatre

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Guest Blogger:  Jane W., Youth Advocate At Steepletown, earning a GED is only a step to what comes next for Kayla Carter.   When Education Coordinator, Melanie Grandy found out that Kayla had never attended a live musical, she reached out to Civic Theater’s Autumn Hubbard.  Hubbard, a former Steepletown employee found ticket donors making it… Read more »

Building on Lives & Memories

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Dick Bulkowski, Executive Director We build on the lives and memories of those who have gone before us.  That could not be more true than what has been experienced today here at Steepletown.  On the foundations of what was once a neighborhood playground a new KaBOOM! Playspace has been built.  In digging the footings for… Read more »

KaBOOM! – Here comes the park

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blogger:  Dick Bulkowski, Steepletown Executive Director KaBOOM!  Nope, not the fireworks that are now filling our evening skies but a playground being built in the former Pulaski Park on the corner of Fifth Street and Muskegon.   This piece of land has been idle for many years and will now see the vibrancy of children playing… Read more »

Kindergarten Night with GRPS

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Guest Blogger:  Elizabeth Loughrige, Steepletown Preschool Director The Steepletown Preschool invited the families of its 4 year-olds to come learn about the different kindergarten options available in the Grand Rapids district.  Representatives from West Side neighborhood schools answered parent questions, gave out enrollment forms, and provided encouragement to these preschool families as they consider options for… Read more »

Grow Our Own

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Congratulations Nellie Fuentes & Angela Zuniga This week has been bookended well! On Monday morning Steepletown’s Preschool Director sent out an email that one of our teachers, Nellie Fuentes, completed her Child Development Associate Credential or CDA. Nellie has been on staff at the Steepletown preschool for the past couple years, first working as an… Read more »

Presents of ‘Presence’

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The Christmas decorations are already coming down and many are remembering the Holidays as a thing of the past, especially now that they are back to the daily grind of work.   And yet he Christmas Season is still celebrated for one more day.  Today as we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany, the visit of… Read more »