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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.

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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.