STEP - Senior Services For The South Sound

What is STEP and STEP Two?

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Sharing Teens and Elders Project (STEP) is a multi-generational program where teens and elders gather to bridge the generations conversation. We gather to talk, to listen, and to be heard. We strive to increase the mental well-being of all participants, to help decrease social isolation, and to create a safe space where people talk and find their similarities while sharing their experiences.  STEP promotes ideas that give rise to happiness, belonging, security, wisdom and the realization that disparate age groups can have genuine fun together. The mission? To inspire and empower people to change the social norm of aging.

 

STEP in The News:

 

http://www.theolympian.com/news/local/article190444834.html

http://www.thurstontalk.com/2017/04/08/step-program-olympia/ 

http://www.thurstontalk.com/2016/02/20/elder-teen-conversation/ 

https://www.aarp.org/content/dam/aarp/livable-communities/documents-2018/WhereWeLive-2018-lr-v2-5.pdf

 

STEP is Involved in the Community 

  • SAN Caregiver of the Year Award 2016
  • MLK Day facilitation
  • Alzheimer's Walk/WA Senior Games
  • Olympia Art Walk
  • Community Events: Movie Cyber Seniors/Embrace
  • Legislative Committee Presentation
  • Collaboration with Luiss University, Rome, Italy

STEP meets the third Saturdays each month.  Doors open at 10:30 am; Talk Story begins at 11:00 am at the Olympia Senior Center.  It is free and everyone is welcome. You do not have to be a center member.  Please fill out the attached application.  Click here for STEP brochure.  Click here for volunteer application.

 

STEP TWO - The Women OnlyTwoStep

Branching out from STEP,  STEP TWO is an intergenerational happy hour where women can find a fun, safe place to chat about the topics that affect them most.  STEP TWO meets first Sundays each month at the Double Tree Inn lobby bar at 415 Capital Way.  Doors open at 4:00 pm; Talk Story begins at 4:15 pm.

 

How to Join STEP!
The easiest way to join is to contact Linda Terry, STEP Director, at 360.586.6181, ext. 108 or lterry@southsoundseniors.org. Both seniors and teens need to fill out a volunteer application plus, teens need a parental permission form with Senior Services for South Sound. Click here for volunteer application. Seniors joining in the program will need to sign a code of conduct form as part of the program. You DO NOT need to be a member of Senior Services for South Sound to join.

 

Program-of-Distinction-Logo"U.S. benchmark for Intergenerational programs based on the criteria that underpin effectiveness of high quality programs." ~ 2018-2021

 

Olympia Senior Center
222 Columbia Street NW
Olympia, Washington 98501
Hours: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
360.586.6181
admintemp@southsoundseniors.org

Lacey Senior Center
6757 Pacific Avenue SE
Lacey, Washington 98503
Hours: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
360.407.3967
laceysc@southsoundseniors.org

Mason County Office
By Appointment Only
360.426.3697