StepStone, Mennonite Housing receive award

Ministries honored for Bluffview Place
StepStone and Mennonite Housing received the 2017 Ad Astra Award for Innovative Housing Place last week during the Kansas Housing Conference held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Wichita. Kit Lambertz, executive director for StepStone and Byron Adrian, CEO for Mennonite Housing, accepted the award for Bluffview Place.
A year ago, on Sept. 7, 2016, StepStone at Bluffview Place, a new 28-unit apartment complex for survivors of domestic violence, opened its doors. StepStone has provided transitional housing and support services to domestic violence survivors for more than 20 years. StepStone has traditionally provided transitional housing with single family homes throughout the community.
“The adults and children we serve have lived through trauma and often one or more moves in a short time, from the emergency shelter that gets them to a safe place to help stabilize their situation and identify longer term transitional housing,” Lambertz said.
During that time, critical prevention services are provided to the adults and the children to help break the cycle of abuse by working with all those in the family on life skills, understanding healthy relationships and emotions plus anger management.
In 1995, Mennonite Housing, United Methodist Open Door and StepStone were original partners in the first transitional housing residences for survivors of domestic violence. Now, after 22 years and over 800 women and children served, Mennonite Housing and StepStone are once again partners with the completion and operation of Bluffview Place. Along with the 28 units, StepStone owns seven additional units and is able to provide two years of transitional housing along with supportive services such as advocacy, counseling, support groups, life skills classes, and information and referral to many community resources.