The Step Program
Since 1988, the Step Program has provided former foster care youth and homeless teens a safe place to live, social service support, life skills training, and a weekly living allowance, as they make the transition to independent living.
Step operates a clustered-apartment facility on 11th St. in Turners Falls where each youth has their own bedroom and shares an apartment with another young adult between the ages of 18-21. This building underwent a $1 million renovation in 2007 and now includes a community room and office space for staff.
Step also rents apartments from area landlords for the community-based housing component of the program. Currently apartments in Greenfield and Orange are occupied by older DIAL/SELF youth who do not need the 24/7 care available at 11th St.
Step is currently funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and private donations.
"If it wasn’t for DIAL/SELF and the Independent Living Program, it’s hard to say where I would be today. The program saved me from destroying my life… DIAL/SELF helped me earn money, and taught me budgeting skills and the other basic skills a person would need to become independent… Today I am a full-time student in college, with a B average. I work and live independently. For the first time ever, my life is really manageable and I believe in myself. Thank you DIAL/SELF!"