Taste the West Side 2022!

Steepletown will be hosting its annual signature event, Taste the West Side, on March 23, 2022.  This year’s event already has an amazing line-up of West Side restaurant & brewery partners:  Tacos El Granjero, That Polish Girl Catering, Long Road Distillers, Harmony Brewing Company, Hissho Sushi, New Holland Brewing-The Knickerbocker, City Built Brewing Company, Gaia House […]

Introducing our NEW STAFF

We are filled with gratitude with the growth of our Workforce Development team. Please join us in welcoming Mark Frens and Michael Fravel to Steepletown! Mark is our second WIOA Case Manager, connecting out-of-school young adults  to academic and training resources. After another recent grant award to support the Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Apprenticeship, Michael serves […]

One Workforce Project

Steepletown has partnered with Grand Rapids Community College to implement their OneWorkforce Project.  The One Workforce Project connects those who are interested in the field ofAdvanced Manufacturing to credential-based training programs at no cost to them. Participantswill receive in-demand education and training in one of GRCC’s many skill-based programs togain the credentials required to enter […]

Tenacity and Perseverance

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 pursuingmedical assistant training at Ross Medical so that she will better be able to provide for her twoyoung children. Shametris largely thanks Steepletown’s WIOA programs for helping her to get […]

Lifelong Learners

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 Road NW.   At that time Roopa and Chef Karen were both volunteering over at the Green Apple Pantry where Roopa’s interest in volunteering over at Kitchen Sage grew more […]

A Final Tribute

For over 60 years the building at 671 Davis Avenue NW housed some amazing work.  Over the past month this building has been torn down.   It was originally built in the mid-50’s to provide a home for the Sisters of Notre Dame who taught across the street.  Then in the early 90’s, after the […]

More Than a Career, Our Future

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 trying to get everyone back to work, the ability to fill these empty seats with children is critically important to today’s workforce. So what do we do as a community […]

Another Successful Preschool Year!

The 2019-2020 school year at the Steepletown Preschool started out like any other.  In the fall we danced and sang the night away at our preschool Fall Dance, the four year old classroom parents competed against the two and three year old classroom parents in our annual parent/staff basketball game (and won!), and we celebrated March […]

The Meaning of Christmas

Sue Krestakos was one of Steepletown’s first mentors when Steepletown began pairing members of one of the three original Steepletown Parishes with neighborhood households facing financial struggles.  After Sue worked with a couple young mothers, she was then introduced to Lisa Glatz.  At that time Lisa was a single mother who was unemployed, homeless, and […]

Positive Cycles

In 2018, Maximiliano completed his GED with Steepletown and enrolled in a paid work experience/internship. After connecting with his Career Coach and evaluating career interests, Maximiliano was introduced to Adnoris ‘Bo’ Torres, Fatherhood Coordinator for the Strong Beginnings/Family Futures initiative. Max interned in the capacity of a Community Health Worker. Bo provided him with frequent […]