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Content marketing students from Webster University donated 717 pairs of socks to Places for People on Thursday.

The socks were an integral part of the students’ marketing campaign in a competition held by the Chevrolet Local Marketing Association (LMA). Participating teams were given a $2,000 budget by Chevrolet to market Chevrolet products.

Places for People recently received a five-year federal grant to provide treatment to people who are homeless and also strengthen the available evidence-based practices for providers in the St. Louis region.

The nearly $2.5 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will help Places for People reach and enroll 428 individuals who are homeless in St. Louis City and County in the next five years, and engage them in services through the “3-2-1 Project.”

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Our friends at Jackson Pianos have planned a unique fundraiser to support health + healing at Places for People. “Keys for Keys” will be a 24-hour PIANOATHON, starting at 1 p.m. on November 24 at the 50/Fifty Kitchen. There will be music and activities, all involving a piano, for 24 straight hours. Come for an hour or two, or all 24!

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Recent upgrades to the Places for People Wellness Center provides persons served and staff members the opportunity to exercise with equipment that rivals any health club.

“Our folks were using the equipment regularly, but lost that opportunity when more and more of it began to break,” explained Occupational Therapist Greg Seymour. “This will return the opportunity for free access to exercise equipment for all of our folks, and, hopefully, improved health indicators related to increased physical activity.”

When Melissa Johnson interviews candidates for employment opportunities at the Holiday Inn – South County Center, she looks for people who are willing to go above and beyond for guests.

In working with Johnson the past year to place candidates, Places for People Employment Specialist Kas’Quri Wren believes that Johnson and the other managers at the Holiday Inn go above and beyond for the people she serves.

“I feel like she is compassionate toward the people we provide care for,” Wren said of Johnson. “She believes in our mission. She believes in providing a place of work opportunities for all abilities.”

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Places for People’s Youth and Family Services program marked another major milestone in its growth this week when it moved into a new home.

The move consolidates two offices located almost 4 miles apart. Previously, part of the program was located in office space on Lindell Boulevard and two community-based portions of the program were based out of St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church in Soulard.

Wednesday was moving day.