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Stepping Stones

Ryther’s Transitional Youth Services (TYS) created the Stepping Stones program to help youth and young adults experiencing houselessness and/or unstably housed and have also been diagnosed with Intellectual or Development Disabilities. Participants will collaborate with our staff, focusing on working towards a pathway to stability. Goals may include, but are not limited to, getting into stable housing, connecting with healthcare providers or a peer partner, or linking with long-term benefits.



The Stepping Stones program offers:


  • A Case Manager to assist in coordinating and linking clients to community resources and services 

  • A Peer Partner, who will use their life experiences to provide support and guidance

  • Behavioral Health therapists to help promote emotional wellness

  • Psychiatry, to prescribe and manage medications

  • Psychological testing, to diagnose and provide clinical documentation of a disability


Stepping Stones is a program to enhance services within the TYS program. It aims to change the trajectory for youth with disabilities who commonly age out of youth services into the adult houseless system. If you have questions regarding eligibility or enrollment, please talk to any TYS staff member or our Intake Specialists at 206.517.0234.


Eligibility for Ryther’s Stepping Stones program:


  • Houseless or unstably housed, including but not limited to couch-surfing, car-sleeping, etc. 

  • Between the ages of 13-25 years old

  • Have a known or suspected Intellectual or Development Disabilities diagnosis

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