What’s Cooking at STEP – Culinary Arts Program
STEP’s Culinary Arts Program, helped integrate members with a developmental disability or a mental illness into the culinary community. These programs educate members on a variety of healthy lifestyle topics, including proper eating habits, food prep and clean up. Each member purchases items from local food and produce vendors, prepares a meal with these items, and enjoys lunch while celebrating their achievement. What’s Cooking in Westland takes place at the Western Wayne County Resource Center and Cooking in the D takes place in a commercial kitchen in Detroit, MI. Members participate in the program daily to learn culinary skills and healthy eating habits. These skills often lead to employment in the culinary field or help empower members to achieve an independent lifestyle. Our cooking classes allow STEP members to pursue their passions in food preparation, advance in their abilities, and achieve their chosen goals.
STEP’s Culinary Arts Program has two different locations: ‘What’s Cooking in Westland’ is located at the Western Wayne County Resource Center and ‘What’s Cooking in the D’ is located at a commercial kitchen in Detroit.
Progressive Art Studio Collective (PASC)
Progressive Art Studio Collective (PASC) is an art and design studio, and gallery program of Services To Enhance Potential (STEP), located in Detroit, Southgate, Westland, and virtually. PASC is dedicated to supporting adults with developmental disabilities and mental health concerns to advance individual career paths in the art and design fields. Founded in 2021, PASC is the first progressive art studio in Wayne County, Michigan, bringing focus to the artistic talent, expression, and life experiences of disabled adults, making a considerable change in their lives. Using a “progressive art studio” model, PASC participants are provided with opportunities to exhibit and sell their artwork in professional exhibitions and online galleries. Visit www.
Dream is a community activity and volunteer program for adults with developmental disabilities. The object of the program is to give individuals the opportunity to not only access their community, but to become involved. Each member has the opportunity to choose what they wish to experience on a daily basis. This can range from community inclusion to volunteering and investigating the types of employment in their community. Members are not only encouraged to do activities in their community, but to engage the public at large.
The Dream program promotes life and social skills through various community activities such as bowling, Wally Ball, exploring local parks, fit club, library access and attending special events. Dream volunteers can also be found at Meals on Wheels, local churches, and animal rescues.
STEP is involved in bringing members to a number of volunteer sites for activities meant to better their community as a whole. These places vary from The Light House Mission, Wayne Public Library, Meals on Wheels, Fleece & Thank You, Belleville Library, Focus Hope, and more. The tasks performed in each of these places can vary, but it is always with the goal of creating a personal connection between people and the communities that they live and work in.