Stories of impact
This year, Open Arms helped 70,000 children and families gain access to the museum’s interactive exhibits and educational programs, regardless of any financial, language, or special needs barriers. To continue this important work in 2020 and beyond, we need your help. We’d like to introduce you to the people behind Open Arms — both the beneficiaries and those who make it possible. Each person has their own unique story and we’re delighted to share them with you.
Meet Luis Palomeque
Luis’ first experience with Stepping Stones Museum for Children was 10 years ago as a small child visiting the museum. Now he is a dedicated Youth Enrichment (YES2) volunteer and is making a difference through his leadership. Through participation in mentorship, events, and workshops, YES2 participants are provided with the tools and confidence to impact children, find success in future endeavors, and become lifelong learners.
Luis Palomeque / #mysteppingstones
Meet Ruth Rodriguez
Working with the youngest residents of Inspirica’s Family shelter and their parents, Ruth sees first-hand the trauma homelessness has on very young children. Ruth truly understands that coming to the museum allows young children in her care to just be kids for a while. We are so grateful for this partnership which enables us to provide lifelong learning opportunities to children and families in need.
Ruth Rodriguez / #mysteppingstones
Meet Denique Weidema-Lewis
Denique’s children love Stepping Stones and enjoy spending family time together. They are also looking forward to the new and enhanced exhibits and programs coming soon! With a large family of seven, they know that there is always something for everyone in the family to learn at Stepping Stones.
Denique Weidema-Lewis / #mysteppingstones