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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.
Two words to describe Shametris Cotton-tenacity and perseverance. Shametris Cotton is a 27year old single mother who works in environmental services at Spectrum Health while
Roopa made her debut at Kitchen Sage in April of 2021, just as Kitchen Sage was moving to its new location over at 4000 Remembrance
Current reality- There are many child development centers that have empty classrooms due to the lack of early childhood teachers. And as the State is