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!
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.”
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.
The Friday Five provides an opportunity to share stories and links from the past week that challenge the stigma associated with mental illness and substance use, which might otherwise be overlooked.
A collaborative project between six Maryville University students and Places for People produced a new assessment that might one day be used worldwide to help people living with mental illness improve social participation and community integration.
“Barbara Taylor was my mentor for seven years, my colleague for the next 18 years, and one of my heroes always,” Leeper said. “She put her heart, mind, and soul into her work; almost always the last to leave the building.”
It is important to know that help is available if you or someone you know is contemplating suicide. Behavioral Health Response (BHR) is an integral part of our region’s mental health network of providers, offering support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The BHR crisis hotline is 314-469-6644 or call toll-free at 800-811-4760.