Meet Tiffany Lacy Clark, Vice President of Clinical Operations at Places for People. “To witness the spark return to someone’s eyes when they realize that someone believes in them and will support them is my life’s mission.”
Members of the Maryville University Student Occupational Therapy Association spent part of their spring break giving back, dropping off a donation of “blessing bags” for the Places for People Welcome Center. The bags include easy to carry necessities.
Debra connected with Places for People in 2015 after being homeless for a year. During that year on the streets, her diabetes and high blood pressure went untreated.
In such a stressful environment, it was difficult to make healthy eating choices or maintain a medication routine. “I couldn’t take my medications on the streets – no way,” she said.
One day a year, the Places for People Recovery Center is abuzz with activity at 4 a.m. That’s when the Recovery Center serves as the staging point for the St. Louis City Continuum of Care’s Point-In-Time Count. Seventy-six volunteers conducted this year’s count in the city, picking up supplies and receiving final instructions at Places for People before heading off to their assigned areas of the city.
Dr. Gary Morse recently met with federal officials to advocate for Assertive Community Treatment services across the country. Morse, Places for People’s Vice President of Research and Development, is a pioneer in the use of ACT to help people who have experienced homelessness and live with severe mental illness.
The statistics say that 1 in 5 people live with mental Illness, but at Places for People, we know that mental illness and substance use disorders affect all of us.
“Our refreshed brand, which officially launches Thursday, February 1, exemplifies our commitment to our work and those we serve,” Places for People Executive Director Joe Yancey said. “This work is gritty and messy at times, but we meet people where they are, help address trauma and treat the whole person.”