Welcome to the future home of Step By Step, at the:

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A Familiar Place with a New Vision, this project will revive the legacy of the Van Lierop Farm. 
Imagine a place that preserves a legacy, cultivates hope, invests in families, and brings pride to a community. This site will celebrate family, encourage positive relationships and connections, and provide 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.


Germaine Korum Center for Women and Children

 

Onsite Programs

 
  • Soft Skills & Job Readiness Training

  • Mentorship

  • On-The-Job Training

  • Money Management

  • MEntal Health Counseling

  • Childcare & Transportation

  • Work & Life Goals Coaching

  • Life Skills & Parenting Classes

 
 

Community Services

Restaurant & Catering Services
Wedding & Event Venue Space
Retail & Flowers

 
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Primary Program Development Areas

 

Community Café & Catering

Culinary Arts & Education
Event Venue
Catering Services

 

Business & Technical Education Program

Customer Service & Interpersonal Skills
Technical Skills & Training
Business Management

 

Early Childhood Educational Center

Child Care & Development
Parenting Education
Life Skills Training
Interpersonal Skills & Conflict Ma
nagement


What is Happening Right Now:

WE ARE SEEKING FUNDING PARTNERS TO HELP PROVIDE THE REMAINING FUNDS NEEDED TO COMPLETE RENOVATIONS AND PREPARE THE SITE FOR USE.


News & Events

 

SEATTLE DAILY JOURNAL OF COMMERCE, OCTOBER 23RD, 2017

NONPROFIT MOVING AHEAD ON PLAN TO DEVELOP 6-ACRE SITE IN PUYALLUP

The Puyallup-based nonprofit Step By Step said it will start applying for permits soon to develop a six-acre site at the former Van Lierop Bulb Farm in Puyallup.

Jeff Brown Architecture is the architect and Mountain Construction is the general contractor.

Step By Step wants to turn the site at 13407 80th St. E. into a multi-service center that will offer education and job-training services for its clients. The group is also planning a 420-person event space, a training kitchen, greenhouse, farm-to-table restaurant and catering services.

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THE PUYALLUP HERALD, OCTOBER 19TH, 2017

VISUALS OF STEP BY STEP, VAN LIEROP PARK PROJECTS SHOWS A BUSTLING COMMUNITY CENTER

See what amenities are on the horizon for Step by Step’s new facility off East Pioneer in Puyallup, after the Puyallup City Council approved the master plan.

After years in the making, two longtime Puyallup projects are finally coming to life.

New renderings of the projects show Step By Step, a nonprofit organization supporting at-risk pregnant women, and the city’s future Van Lierop Park side by side.

The result is a brand new gathering place for Puyallup and other local communities.

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THE TACOMA WEEKLY, OCTOBER 5TH, 2017

VAN LIEROP BULB FARM TO BEGIN NEW LEGACY

Local nonprofit Step By Step is optimistic that it will break ground at the Puyallup valley’s former Van Lierop Bulb Farm site by the end of the year. The organization is working to repurpose the site into a multi-service center that will offer education and job training facilities for the women they serve, including a wedding and event venue and onsite restaurant and catering services.

Krista Linden, founder and executive director of Step By Step, says initial conversations for the center began more than six years ago, when the organization identified a need to better support the disadvantaged women with young children they serve in their efforts to obtain gainful employment.

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PIERCE COUNTY TELEVISION, SEPTEMBER 7TH, 2017

PUYALLUP CITY COUNCIL APPROVES LARGER MASTER PLAN FOR STEP BY STEP

See what amenities are on the horizon for Step by Step’s new facility off East Pioneer in Puyallup, after the Puyallup City Council approved the master plan.

 
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PUYALLUP HERALD, AUGUST 30TH, 2017

PUYALLUP CITY COUNCIL APPROVES DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT FOR NONPROFIT STEP BY STEP

A development agreement presented by Puyallup nonprofit Step By Step was met with praise by both the Puyallup City Council and community members alike at the Aug. 22 City Council meeting.

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City of Puyallup, JANUARY 20TH, 2017

SPOTLIGHT ON STEP BY STEP

Step By Step at the Germaine Korum Center for Women and Children (named for one of its benefactors) will feature large event spaces, a restaurant and a coffee shop that will provide unique on-the-job training opportunities for women who are looking to build their customer service skills and gain work experience in order to seek full-time employment.

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THE NEWS TRIBUNE, OCTOBER 5TH, 2016

NONPROFIT STEP BY STEP INCHES CLOSER TO RENOVATING FORMER VAN LIEROP FARM

As its name suggests, nonprofit organization Step By Step is one step closer to beginning construction on a project meant to create job training for disadvantaged mothers on the homestead of what was once the Van Lierop Bulb Farm in Puyallup.

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UPDATE: December 22,2016

DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT SUBMITTED TO THE CITY OF PUYALLUP

After months of work, research, and analysis, Step By Step's Advisory Council and Development Team successfully submitted the master site plan and development agreement for the Germaine Korum Center for Women and Children to the City of Puyallup for review.

 

Tacoma Weekly, JANUARY 28th, 2016

CITY OF PUYALLUP, STEP BY STEP FINALIZE PURCHASE OF VAN LIEROP BULB FARM

“We call this a triple win, a win for so many people,” Deputy Mayor John Palmer said.

The project could not have been completed and brought to life without the efforts of [Krista] Linden.

“Things like this don’t happen because the seven smartest people are sitting in a room coming up with it. Things like this happen because of people in the community who have a vision, who work through the process to make things happen,” Puyallup City Councilmember Tom Swanson said.

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UPDATE: January 22nd, 2016

CITY OF PUYALLUP & STEP BY STEP HOST RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY

Step By Step co-hosted a public event to celebrate the future site of the Van Lierop Park and Step By Step's future home at the Germaine Korum Center for Women and Children. 

Visit our Facebook page to view more photos from this event.

 

Smarter Government WA, JANUARY 4TH, 2016

KRISTA RECEIVES 'BRIGHT LIGHT AWARD' FOR HER WORK WITH STEP BY STEP & THE LEGACY IN MOTION PROJECT

State Rep. Hans Zeiger, who nominated Linden as a Bright Light, had high praise for her and Step By Step:

Krista Linden has devoted her life to helping at-risk moms overcome obstacles and live great lives. She has built an extraordinary non-profit organization called Step By Step with services around the Puget Sound area, with a mission “to transform the lives of at-risk pregnant women, so they will deliver a healthy baby, embrace positive parenting, and establish a safe home.”

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king 5 news, JANUARY 3RD, 2016

VIDEO & ARTICLE: DEAL GIVES HISTORIC PUYALLUP FARM A NEW FUTURE

"I think it's a win for the city, it's a win for the Van Lierop's and it's definitely a win for Step By Step and what our ambitions are" Executive Director Krista Linden explained.

Standing inside the farm's old retail space the group says they will carry on the farm's mission in a new way. I think it's a beautiful way to preserve their legacy here" Linden said.

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UPDATE: December 31st, 2015

STEP BY STEP PURCHASE OF THE VAN LIEROP FARM SITE

Krista Linden and Neil Van Lierop, sat side by side at a conference table in Puyallup City Hall and signed the final closing documents for the sale of the Van Lierop farm. It was a beautiful day. You could see Mount Rainier from the windows, covered in pink and orange hues against the snow. Not a lot of words were said. It was an emotional moment, one that signified the closing of one family’s legacy, but also the beginning of another. Neil sold his family’s heritage farm, grown and cultivated over 5 generations. Krista realized the first big step of a new legacy, one that will allow this beloved place to continue to serve our community, its families, and many generations to come.

 
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News Tribune, November 20th, 2015

JOINT VISION FOR HISTORIC PUYALLUP FARMLAND HONORS NEIL VAN LIEROP'S LEGACY

Retired daffodil farmer Neil Van Lierop is pleased that the sale of his family’s property has reached a harmonious resolution. Six of the 24 acres will be purchased by Step By Step, a nonprofit that helps at-risk mothers support healthy babies.

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News Tribune, November 11th, 2015

PUYALLUP LEADERS OK DEAL TO PURCHASE VAN LIEROP FARMLAND

City will pursue the purchase of 24 acres. 6 acres would be resold to nonprofit that helps pregnant moms. City Council members hope to turn remaining 18 acres into park named for longtime farmer.

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