The future of any society depends on its ability to foster the healthy development of the next generation.
— Harvard University, Center on the Developing Child
 
 
 
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Treasure the Past. Invest in the Future.

Our NExt Step

Over the past 21 years, we have served over 10,000 families across Pierce, King, and Snohomish county. Together, we can take our next big step in building healthier and stronger families and communities.  

Our Opportunity

The former Van Lierop Bulb Farm was a part of our community for over 79 years. Together, we are preserving this beloved place and beginning a new legacy here, growing stronger and healthier mothers, babies, and families.

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Our community

Together, we will create a vibrant place that celebrates our heritage, serves our community, and makes a lifelong positive investment in the families that will define our next generation.

We believe that healthy moms leads to healthy babies,
which leads to healthy families and communities.

 

Step By Step works with the most vulnerable women and children in our community. 

We come alongside at-risk pregnant women, many of whom are facing poverty, homelessness, domestic violence, abuse, and other serious risk factors that put them and their babies at risk.

Our mission is to transform the lives of these women so they will deliver a healthy baby, embrace positive parenting, and establish a safe home.

For the past 21 years, we have helped moms break out of the cycles of poverty, abuse, and neglect that they suffered and fight to provide a better future for themselves and their children. Every day, we help moms take positive steps so they will have a healthy pregnancy, deliver a healthy baby at a healthy birth weight, learn to parent positively, and establish a safe home for their children.

Protecting young children from adversity is a promising, science-based strategy to address many of the most persistent and costly problems facing contemporary society, including limited educational achievement, diminished economic productivity, criminality, and disparities in health.
— American Pediatric Society
 
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Our next step

One of the greatest barriers to the families we serve is an economic one. For disadvantaged women with young children, it is difficult to break out of the cycles of poverty and abuse that so many of them were brought up in. We want to help them obtain the skills they need in order to provide for their family and reach a place of self-sustainability.

Many of the mothers we serve are talented and determined, but they lack the opportunity to develop their skills and abilities. 

We have long sought the opportunity to expand the Step By Step program, in order to provide mentorship and job training for the women we serve.

This project will provide a place that celebrates family, encourages positive relationships and connections, and provides a vibrant place that will not only be a unique resource for the community, but will also leave a lasting legacy and improve the quality of life for all our families.

A Familiar Place with a New Vision

 

Imagine a place that preserves a legacy, cultivates hope,
invests in families, and brings pride to a community.

 

The farm today comprises land and multiple buildings fronting Pioneer Road and set at the gateway to downtown Puyallup. Step By Step has purchased approximately 6.5 acres of the property, including the 1900’s era house, 18,000 square foot retail building and multiple barns and outbuildings. 

The property will provide a permanent new home for Step By Step, while allowing for future program expansion.


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Commons Building

This large retail building boasts over 15,000 square feet of useable space. This space will be renovated to allow for a large center that provides a variety of job training and program opportunities and experiences for the women we serve, in a beautiful and family-friendly setting.

A range of services for the community will be offered, including:

- Restaurant & On-Site Catering Services
- Meeting Space & Event Venues
- On-Site Childcare
- Retail & Flowers
- Foothills Trailhead Services


Our New Home

The farmhouse is currently serving as Step By Step's main office. It operates as our administrative headquarters to provide management and oversight for the organization as well as for the new project and expanded programs.


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The Festival Barn

This barn will be used as a facility for larger outdoor events and gatherings.

The Pole Barn

This huge space has many potential uses. We are exploring ideas and partnerships with local businesses to determine how to make this space functional and how we can best incorporate the work done here into an element of our job training and mentorship programs.

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Gateway Building

This building will eventually house a satellite kitchen, be available to rent for small events, and will offer concessions for the adjacent Van Lierop Park.


In the meantime, these two buildings are currently being leased to local businesses, to generate revenue for the project.


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Farm Land & Open Space

We want to see flowers growing here once again.

While Step By Step was only able to purchase a small amount of the surrounding farmland, we are working to preserve some of the agricultural roots of this farm's rich history.

We have already built our first greenhouse.


Preserving a Family Heritage for the Next Generation.

 

Owned by the Van Lierop family since 1934, the former Van Lierop Bulb Farm was a treasured destination in the community and across the region for over 79 years.

Neil and Lore Van Lierop were the last in their family line to operate the farm. As they approached retirement, they prepared to sell their beloved farm, and the fate of their family’s 5-generation legacy was uncertain.

Their farm represented one of the few remaining agricultural open spaces left in the area that has not succumbed to industrial development.

 
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