Local nonprofit, Step By Step is on the heels of completing a $10 million project to open a multi-service center in Puyallup that includes event space, a restaurant, greenhouse, counseling, and child care.
For the last five years, Step By Step has been working on this massive project, and, at the time of publication, they were roughly $375,000 away from being able to open the new center. Step By Step serves pregnant women and mothers of young children who struggle with mental health, homelessness, domestic violence, substance abuse, and more. The site of the center incorporates 6.5 acres of the former, historic Van Lierop Bulb Farm, and many of its services will be open to the public.
The aim of the Puyallup space is to teach soft skills and provide on-the-job training with individualized plans tailored to each woman. Other services will include case management, mental health counseling, mentorship, life skills, and parenting classes.
Krista Linden, executive director of Step By Step, said the center could be open by mid-October.