The West Side of Grand Rapids has always been a haven for the newly arrived immigrant to Western Michigan, populated by a strong manufacturing base and moderately priced housing. The early part of the 20th century witnessed an influx of mostly Polish immigrants, but a substantial number of German and Irish persons also called the West Side their home. The proximity of these neighbors saw the construction of three Catholic Churches, each serving these distinct communities, and all three located within a few blocks of each other.
In 1993 these three churches, the Basilica of Saint Adalbert, Saint James, and Saint Mary’s, realized the value in working together to address the needs of persons living on the West Side. As a result, Steepletown was founded and incorporated as a 501c3 in 1994. Its mission reflects the neighborliness of the West Side: "to promote neighbor helping neighbor live with dignity and hope." Steepletown accomplishes this mission through creative programs and services, and by managing a neighborhood center that provides space to other agencies working on the West Side. Welcome to the neighborhood!
Welcome to Steepletown!
"Steepletown is a faith-based organization, whose mission is to promote “neighbor helping neighbor live with dignity and hope.”
Welcome To Steepletown!
Steepletown Neighborhood Services
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