The "Cancelled Until Further Notice" USO tour is finally back on! Steve goes back on the road in order to raise money for a timely cause.
I’m taking us way back to this prompt fill from who knows when!
It was only a couple stops in on his renewed tour that Steve (with Pepper’s know-how) switched tactics (a little) and shifted to promote wellness activities for the elderly instead of just ways to help them vote and access local civic services.
The man he’d met (Arthur, he’d learned) that was in the very first photo that went viral had said something that had stuck with Steve – the seniors had to find a way to get to the services they needed, rather than the other way around, or even meeting halfway.
He’d been doing some research between tour locations and a number of places around the world had started to combine senior housing with student housing or senior centers with preschools. Steve loved the idea and was determined to raise enough funding and public interest to get several similarly structured locations off the ground in New York.
With every then-and-now photo that was published and every visit he made covered by some sort of media, he inched closer to his goal and in his spare time he arranged calls or (when possible) meetings with city planners and developers and educational administrators and care providers.
It was little more than a year later when a preschool-senior center opened up in Queens. Steve was there for the grand opening, and to watch Arthur and a little girl with pigtails do a puzzle together.