Mission Statement & 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”

Mission Statement & Values

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?


Promote the idea of neighbors helping neighbors live with dignity and hope.

In the 25 years since, Steepletown has grown from modest beginnings with a part-time director, to sixteen full-time and ten part-time staff members. Although their operation has expanded, the strategy remains the same: create a network of opportunities for those living on the West Side and surrounding communities.

Steepletown can “teach a person to fish”, but it takes the collaboration of community partnerships to help the learned fishermen gain access to the water, boat, and tools needed.

Let’s get started! 


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. JamesSt. 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.

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Get Training

There are many career training opportunities that exist in Kent County for young adults. Steepletown will assist you in identifying the best path & resources to build a successful career.

Get Help

Help is available to out-of-school young adults who need to complete high school. In addition, help is available to older adults who need a hand around the house.

Get Involved

Would you like to support Steepletown's mission & work? Join us to create impact in our community.

Stories of Impact

Chris can be seen here lesson planning for the week ahead of him
Stories of Impact

Apprentice Spotlight: Chris

Chris has identified a strong and curious passion to engage with both young adults preparing for the workforce and little scholars attending preschool. While enrolled