Community Empowerment

“It’s easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”

– Frederick Douglas

By providing access to community resources to address immediate, basic needs, families are able to increase their ability to more fully engage on pathways towards long-term economic security.

Did you know? The Grand Rapids metropolitan region had the highest growth in poverty from 2000 to 2010 compared to all other regions in the country, according to the Brookings institute.

This seems difficult to believe when you think about all of the resources that are available in the community.  However, it does suggest that there is still a lot of work that needs to be done by community-based organizations, especially in aligning efforts to make resources and opportunities more accessible.  It also may be speaking to some other, deeper issues that our community leaders need to address in coming to terms with concentrated poverty in certain core urban communities.

  • Steepletown is a navigation site of the Michigan Benefits Access portal, providing online access to public assistance resources.
  • Referrals to community resources to assist residents in meeting basic needs.
  • Partnership with the St. Vincent dePaul Conference of the Basilica of St. Adalbert to address the need for rent and/or utility assistance.