Stepping Forward is located in a storefront in between The House (Independent Living Center) and Transition Central on Main St. in downtown Ionia. Students are aged 18-26 who received special education services in high school.


Program Components:

     1.  Daily living skills: cooking, cleaning, shopping, menu planning, daily exercise, safety, and budgeting money are the areas we focus on the most.


     2.  Community participation and connections with local resources: We learn about and connect with adult resources ( MRS, The Right Door, Disability Advocates of Kent County, Housing options, etc.). We also research and take part in low cost and free activities in the towns that the students are from.

     3.  Employment skills:  students create their resumes and develop job skills through several Work Based Learning (WBL) sites. We work (volunteer) at job sites 4 days/week.

     4.  Soft (social) skills are stressed: positive attitude, initiative, work ethic, responsibility, advocating for self, and helping each other reach goals.


Stepping Forward Philosophy:

     We treat other with respect and as adults, as students strive to become as independent as possible. We do this by recognizing and building upon the different strengths of each person in our program.


We are located at 303 W. Main St., Ionia, MI 48846, next to
Sid’s Flower Shop. If you have questions, our contact info is:
616-527-1255 (school year: Aug. 22 – June 7), (year round)