This Year's Project: Shade Structure For Bluff View Homes
About Our Organization
Mid-Step Services was founded in 1977 in response to a community need for comprehensive services for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Gary Turbes, Executive Director of Mid-Step Services, started the first Mid-Step program in Cherokee with six members and four staff. Over the years Mid-Step has grown in response to community needs. The agency manages over 20 residential and vocational programs in Cherokee, Lawton, Sergeant Bluff, and Sioux City, IA.
At Mid-Step Services we are dedicated to providing residential, vocational, educational, and recreational services to individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism in a caring, supportive environment where each individual is encouraged to reach his or her highest potential.
For more information about Mid-Step Services go to www.midstepservices.com or contact us at 712-274-2252.
Current Project: Shade Structure For Bluff View Homes
The staff at Bluff View Homes strive to cultivate a sense of community and belonging for all 16 members who reside at the homes located in Sergeant Bluff. A long-time goal has beeen to create a dedicated outdoor space for members and staff to interact with each other. Several years ago a table and benches were installed, however there is no shade to protect this area. Therefore the space is never utilized. The vision is to build on what is already established by pouring a cement pad, sidewalk and installing a shade structure. The space will be inclusive, safe, and accessible to all members with disabilites and autism. The communities support of this project will make a difference in the lives of the 16 members at Blluff View and the staff that care for them on a daily basis.
Outdoor Recreation Space
Members enrolled in the Life Enrichment program at Mid-Step Services have access to community inclusion activities and therapeutic experiences, including arts and crafts, sensory integration; social and recreation; positive behavior support planning. In addition, clients have access to multiple activity settings and individualized strategies and schedules to promote emotional, mental and physical health. To enhance the programming offered at the main office located at 4303 Stone Avenue, staff would like to develop the outdoor area so that members can get outside to enjoy fresh air and exercise.
The improvements to the outdoor area will include a cement pad for wheelchairs, a shade structure, a handicap-accessible picnic table, and outdoor games. Your donation through the BIG Give will help Mid-Step Services make this dream a reality for the summer of 2023.
Landscaping for the new Pier Center
The new Pier Center has been in development for the last two years. The project is nearing completion and the old Pier Center will relocate to the new building in October of 2021. We are very excited to have this wonderful new facility to serve those with autism and their families. To increase the curb appeal of the new facility the project this year for the Big Give is to raise funds to add landscaping to the outside of the building. Trees, shrubs and flowers will make the buliding more inviting. The back area will be fenced in and will have trees, making it a nice area for kids to go outside and play.
New Building Project
The construction on the new facility for the Pier Center for Autism at 3895 Stadium Drive is under way with completion targeted for spring of 2021. The new center will have expanded programming and be able to serve more individuals and families with autism. The 11,600 square foot building will have a gym, a mock apartment, meeting rooms and therapy rooms. The Pier Center has recieve a matching grant from the Gilchrist Foundation. All donations up to $150,000 will be matched dollar for dollar.
Mid-Step on the Move
Project DetailsReliable transportation is a necessary part of everyone's life. The 300 members served by Mid-Step Services rely on staff to transport them in Mid-Step vehicles to help them complete their daily tasks, access member services and go on fun outings to the movies, concerts and various other activities. Replacing and maintaining the fleet of vehicles that serves those members is a large part of the operating expenses for Mid-Step Services. To accommodate the special needs of our members it is important to have wheelchair accessible vans and busses. Help us keep Mid-Step Moving by supporting us through the Siouxland Big-Give. Funds will be used towards upgrading and maintaining the wheelchair lifts on our vehicles. We sincerely appreciate your assistance in helping us keep Mid-Step Services moving!
Keep Mid-Step Services Moving
Reliable transportation is a necessary part of everyone's life. The 300 members served by Mid-Step Services rely on staff to transport them in Mid-Step vehicles to help them complete their daily tasks, access member services and go on fun outings to the movies, concerts and various other activities. Replacing and maintaining the fleet of vehicles that serves those members is a large part of the operating expenses for Mid-Step Services. For this reason, we are initiating the "Keep Mid-Step Moving Project". Your very generous donation will be used to maintain the current fleet of vehicles as well as help to replace aging vehicles. We sincerely appreciate your assistance in helping us keep Mid-Step Services moving!