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How you can help the Step Up program bloom

• Aug 14, 2018 at 5:00 PM

Dr. Brian Stork recently wrote about how the sale of flowers could help hundreds of Muskegon-area teens and young adults who have “aged-out” of the foster care system and are struggling.

“At any given time, there are approximately 400 children living in foster care in Muskegon County, Michigan,” the local urologist noted on his blog. “For many of these young people, making the transition out of foster care and into adulthood can be fraught with difficulties.

“Several years ago, my friends Dr. Dick Kamps, Lynn Kamps and Carolyn Walker, along with many others, decided to help. They created Step Up, a faith-based nonprofit, to help house and mentor young adults making the challenging journey out of foster care and into the real world.”

Step Up was able to purchase, renovate and open a house for young women in 2015, Stork says. And, more recently, the organization bought and renovated a house for young men.

“Step Up, in many ways, is like a community garden,” Stork wrote. “When you plant the seeds of caring, love and hope, it is amazing to watch what can grow.”

You can learn more about Step Up and support its mission at a Flower Auction fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 10 a.m. to noon. It will take place at the Muskegon Surgery Center, 1400 Mercy Drive in Muskegon. There is no cover charge to attend, Stork notes.

Read the complete blog post: “Step Up Flower Auction – Help Young People Blossom and Bloom.”

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