A group of volunteers gathered for a “Day of Action” at Stepping Stone Apartments September 20 to help spruce up the development dedicated to providing support services and housing to homeless young adults ages 18 to 25. Joined by Blue River Housing staff and Metro United Way’s Dee Dee Flynn, teams from Horseshoe Southern Indiana, Heritage Ford and Humana lent their afternoon and talents to several projects. Some applied a fresh coat of paint to the playground and exterior, while others helped clean up many of the outside fixtures, landscape and decks, and several brave individuals built desks for two new tenants who will be moving in this month.
Residents at Stepping Stone receive services from various Blue River Services, Inc. departments to ensure they reach their maximum potential at home, work and in the community. All apartments come completely furnished and include a desk for dedicated workspace to encourage continuing and ongoing education, and workplace advancement.
Amber Gray, Community Outreach Coordinator at Heritage Ford, said she and her colleagues are always looking for ways to give back to their community. “Heritage is one of the top five contributors to United Way,” said Gray while replacing a failing bush in front of one of the apartments. “Our annual United Way campaign kickoff is soon, so this is the perfect way to commemorate that and get the momentum going.”
This year’s Metro United Way Day of Action included more than 500 volunteers across seven counties serving more than 5,000 children and families.