Dear Stepping Stone Community,
I am very pleased to announce that we have found our new location! We have put a lot of time and energy toward finding the next place we can call our Home, and we are confident that this space will be just that! Thank you for your patience during this process!
Drum roll please…. Our new location’s address is:
9032 West Ken Caryl Avenue, #A1-A3
Littleton, CO 80128
Villager Square Shopping Center
*It’s just southeast of Kipling and Ken Caryl in Littleton
Details on the space:
We will be leasing a commercial space in the Villager Square Shopping Center. We are also pleased to announce we will be partnering with Calvary South Denver Church to utilize their food bank and coffee shop. Both of these spaces are in the same shopping center, so it will give us the best of both worlds—with our own space for programs and offices, and community space for continuing to run our Stepping Stone Co-op and engage in other community activities. We are excited for our partnership with Calvary South Denver!
When are we moving?
We will get keys to the facility March 20, 2019 to do some renovations and updates. Our official move in date is April 1, 2019. Due to this timing, Stepping Stone will be closed Monday, April 1, 2019 and Tuesday, April 2, 2019 for moving, setting up, and prepping the new space. We will open in our new facility Wednesday, April 3, 2019! We may need a couple weeks for the teams to acclimate to their new space before we open up the coffee shop to the greater community, so please stay tuned for a grand opening for the new coffee shop! We also hope to have an open house during this time, when families and friends can come and check out our new space. Please stay tuned for more details!
Now that we have a location, we are “full speed ahead” with planning to ensure the move goes smoothly. We do not foresee any changes for anyone, in terms of programming, rides, and days, so please rest assured all of that will remain the same; it just might look a little different in terms of space. Mark Haddock, our Operations Director, is the point person for the move. Please feel free to reach out to him with any further questions: email@example.com or 303-872-6882 ext. 702. We will be sending out updates periodically to keep everyone in the loop.
Thanks so much! We look forward to this next step for Stepping Stone!
Stepping Stone’s guiding principle is that adults with developmental disabilities have an amazing amount of potential. They just seldom have the opportunity to blossom. Perhaps you have had difficulty finding employment and have dreams of living independently. Maybe you are afraid that if you express yourself freely, you won't be taken seriously…. We want to put an end to these doubts and put the steps into motion that will make dreams a reality.
We LOVE our participants and their families and want to provide activities that are productive, not just busy work. In talking to many of the parents of adults with developmental disabilities, four urgent areas were identified:
1. Limited Funding
Waiting lists and caps on funding systems are a fact of life for adults with disabilities. Our supporting non-profit Lexi & Carly & Friends raises money to help those with a lack of financial resources. As funds permit, this non-profit provides participation stipends based on the need.
2. A Lack of Opportunity
Being productive can give you a reason to get up in the morning! Stepping Stone is creating numerous vocational experiences through the Center as well as partnering with local businesses in the community. We have created a Stepping Stone Co-op to empower the participants with running their own business. Stepping Stone provides advice and expertise and profits are distributed to the Co-op members as dividends.
3. Inadequate Transportation
Stepping Stone understands that transportation is a road block for adults with developmental disabilities. We have arranged transportation to and from the Center and to many of our community activities. Resources are currently limited, but we strive to accommodate as many requests as possible.
4. Where will my participant live in the long run?
Residential Living- Stepping Stone’s long term goal is to set up a living experience for adults with developmental disabilities to live apart from their families in a supportive and encouraging community. We will help with activities of daily living for our participants and create a sustainable environment for each individual; giving them responsibilities and the independence to provide for themselves.