Karen Chaffee – Chef Educator of the Year

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When it comes to cooking, Chef Karen Chaffee falls in line with that rich heritage of grandmothers and mothers in the kitchen passing on their time-honored skills.  In Karen’s case, her family has been the Steepletown neighborhood, and more specifically the students in Steepletown’s Kitchen Sage culinary training. Karen was out walking her dog a… 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 »

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 »

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 »

We All Have Dreams

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Guest Blogger:  Nathan Beals, JobStrart Coordinator   We all have dreams. I talked to a young man today who dreams of owning a home and a car and sharing it with a future wife someday. Another young man said that he just wants to get off the streets, have a fresh start and make a… Read more »

“I’m Tired”

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Guest Blogger:  Nathan Beals, JobStart Coordinator   A young man that I met with today sat down across from me slouched in his seat, with his face downcast and said, “I’m tired”. He had just recently found himself homeless after a relationship went bad and was staying downtown. Just the other night he got jumped… Read more »