LifeSTEPS resident Brendan from Terracina at Elk Grove absolutely loves his new backpack donated by the wonderful team at USA Properties! Brendan and many other students living at USA Properties apartment communities are grateful and excited to get back to the classroom with backpacks filled with pens, pencils, notebooks, markers, sharpeners and binders. This donation […]
An amazing honor to receive a letter from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recognizing LifeSTEPS on our 25th anniversary! Thank you, Speaker Pelosi, for your leadership and support, and for helping us celebrate this important milestone.
The oldest sibling in his family, LifeSTEPS resident David helps his mom by picking up his sister at school, running errands and shopping for groceries. His family cannot afford a car, so walking is his only option. Thanks to a generous gift from the Sierra Nevada High School Cycling Organization, David has a new mode […]
Thanks to the California Community Reinvestment Corporation’s (CCRC) Bridging the Digital Divide program, 50 LifeSTEPS residents recently received tablets designed for seniors, also known as GrandPads. Our staff trained each senior to use the device, which will foster increased socialization opportunities, access to healthcare through telehealth services and online support from family and friends. Many […]
As a top 10 student in her high school with a 4.0 GPA, 18-year old Jena graduated with honors and dreams of becoming a nurse. With her sights set on higher education, she found herself passing up many opportunities for college scholarships due to her immigration status. “Unfortunately, the pathway to nursing can be expensive, […]
Our Big Fun in the Sun after-school program is helping LifeSTEPS residents beat the summer learning slide! Check out Villa Serena’s literacy station, created by Program Coordinator Sylvia, which features our summer books and an art gallery displaying our students’ art work. “Our summer reading curriculum focuses on diversity and inclusion, and our young learners […]
LifeSTEPS is pleased to announced that Meredith Chillemi will join the California Health Advocates’ Board of Directors beginning this July. “This is a transformational time in healthcare as we transition out of the COVID-19 pandemic. I look forward to working with board members on Medicare advocacy and education, as we ensure our older adults in […]
Check out the new community gardens at Monterey Pines and Cypress Pines, two affordable housing communities located in Richmond, CA. Spearheaded by Director of Social Services Alliayiah Smith, LifeSTEPS residents pitched in to help prepare the gardens, planting squash, zucchini, broccoli, carrots, peas and pumpkins. “Creating and caring for these gardens has been an incredible […]
Meredith Chillemi is serving on a new 15-member advisory steering committee, in partnership with the Orange County Office on Aging (OoA) and Charitable Ventures Orange County, to support the re-engagement of older adults in a post-COVID world. As senior centers throughout Orange County begin to re-open and other programs return to pre-pandemic offerings, education and […]
With her heart set on serving others, Patricia found a true home at LifeSTEPS three years ago. Her favorite core value is empowerment, which she believes is the key to helping residents build self-sufficiency. “I love having the opportunity to help people, whether it’s supporting youth through our after-school program or helping a family obtain […]
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