Life Stories

How Standing in the Commons Changed This First Responder

Two years ago, Stephen Grossman worked at Milestone over the weekends as an off-duty police officer. Serving in the Commons changed his life. 

“I was working here at Milestone, standing in the Commons for a number of weeks, watching the services on the big screen. What really kept me coming back week to week was the focus on how the next generation is being taken care of. 

Being in the line of work that I am in, I’ve seen lots of kids who live in homes without good leadership or anyone to guide them, but they come here and are led well. They are safe here; they are taken care of here; they are given what they need to succeed in life here. 

When I realized how well the next generation is loved here, it was apparent to me that my family and I needed to make Milestone our home.


Joining a church was a more challenging decision for Stephen’s wife, Colette, but during her first encounter in our environment, she found something she didn’t expect.

“Two years ago, there was a lot of stress for police officers and their families. It was a really hard time for me and my family. We were living in fear because it was just a dangerous time for the police. 

Meanwhile, my husband was helping at Milestone, and coming home with great stories and inviting me to come to church. Honestly, I really didn’t want to go. I was angry with God and just wanted to shut everyone out. But, when I walked in the door, my perspective changed immediately. 

It was like walking into a family that you didn’t know you had. And we really needed family.


Being a first responder isn’t easy, but we honor their sacrifice and service. We recently hosted an appreciation dinner for nearly 70 first responders and their family members. Milestone, through your giving, we were able to offer a sincere “Thank You” with a barbeque meal, gifts, and a time of encouragement. 

Thank you for sharing your stories, Colette and Stephen. We are glad to have you here in our spiritual family. 

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  • Mike Banas
    October 1, 2019 at 10:41 am

    Love this family and love their story.