Stepping Stones is a non profit organization that helps people with disabilities become independent through recreational activities. There are 69,220 disabled individuals over the age of 5 within the service area that Stepping Stones provides help for. Its main focus is to help these individuals focus on their abilities, not their disabilities.
Its annual summer camp that runs from Thursday, August 1 through Wednesday, August 14, includes outings like a trip to the new zip line in the WVU Research Forest near Coopers Rock.
The campers enjoy a day of high flying fun but that's not the only thing they take away from the course.
"It teaches them team work, communications skills because they have to depend on other people. They have to tell them when they want to come down and if they want to continue. And also it teaches them kind of independence, because they're relying on themselves to do this stuff," said Jenny Whitener, of Stepping Stones.
Stepping Stones not only hosts summer camps. They have a state of the art facility that offers year-round programs such as: soccer, basketball, wheelchair basketball, summer/day camp, golf, computer classes, therapeutic riding, social activities, and a fully accessible swimming pool.
Stepping Stones will raffle off a car, donated by Joe Romeo's, in September. Around 1,000 tickets are sold for the event. Each tickets costs $35 and all of the proceeds go to hosting more activities for the people being helped by Stepping Stones.