Steepletown Neighborhood Services

Steepletown History

“If You Give A Person A Fish, You Feed Them For A Day. If You Teach A Person To Fish, You Feed Them For A Lifetime”


This ancient Chinese saying still rings true, but what happens when people lack the tools, equal opportunity, and ability to catch the proverbial fish? What about the tasks of cleaning and preparing the fish to eat?


Since 1993, Steepletown has been actively addressing this problem through innovative programs and effective community partnerships. 

In 1993, three neighboring Catholic Churches on the City’s lower West Side- St. James, St. Mary, and the Basilica of Saint Adalbert – shared a vision to address the changing realities and needs of its neighbors. As a result Steepletown was founded and incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1994 under the umbrella of the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops.   In 2020, due to changing leadership within the local institutional Catholic Church, the Steepletown Board chose to separate and become an independent nonprofit organization.

From its modest beginnings with only a part-time Director back in 1993, Steepletown now has 7 full-time and 4 part-time staff.  And yet Steepletown operates on the basis that change which is going to truly transform lives takes the effort of the entire community.   The strategy behind Steepletown’s efforts is to create a network of opportunities for those living on the West Side and the surrounding communities.

Stories of Impact

Stories of Impact

Steepletown Helping Michigan Address a Dilemma

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is leading a comprehensive, statewide effort called Caring for MI Future to increase the number of licensed child care

Stories of Impact

Too Many Chefs in the Kitchen a Good Thing!

Chef Paul Wahlberg arrived in GR last Thursday at the onset of the Winter Storm Warning.   He was invited to be a celebrity chef

Stories of Impact

More Than a Millage

The Kent County Senior Millage (KCSM) has helped fund vital services for older adults in Kent County since 1999.  The goal of KCSM funding is

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