Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative (ELNC)

  • Steepletown has been a part of the Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative (ELNC) since its inception in the spring of 2010.
  • The ELNC has designed and is currently implementing an intentional preschool service system aimed at providing, expanding and sustaining the capacity of high quality early care and education programs in the vulnerable neighborhoods of Grand Rapids.


Empowering Parents, Impacting Children (EPIC)

  • Steepletown was written into a grant under the leadership of the ELNC to hire a Family Coach.
  • The Family Coach works with parents of children in the preschool to identify goals to secure basic needs and increase their social capital, i.e. their network of support and influence.  This is done through mentoring, case management, resource referrals, and ongoing follow-up to overcome barriers to meeting these goals.


St. Vincent de Paul – St. Adalbert Conference

  • Steepletown is partnering with the newly formed St. Vincent de Paul Conference at the Basilica of St. Adalbert.  Members of the  SVDP visit the homes of those requesting financial assistance to determine a long term solution to their financial challenges.
  • The Conference also provides financial resources to address the immediate need of rent or utility assistance on a case by case basis.


New Options

  • New Options is an emerging workforce development model that will focus on young adults, ages 18-24, who are neither in school nor employed.  In partnership with the GR Urban League and the SOURCE,  a research document has been written that  identifies strategic recommendations that can profoundly impact the local workforce development landscape.
  • Read Two Challenges, One Solution


Tenant’s Rights Project

  • Renters can receive answers to questions, learn about legal options and understand possible outcomes for their situations.
  • No appointments needed. No screening process.  Just walk-in with any and all paperwork you have- lease, rent receipts, etc.    1st and 3rd Mondays of every month from 12 p.m.-2 p.m. at Steepletown Center.