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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.

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In conversation, Jerry can flash a broad, engaging smile. This sight is remarkable considering where Jerry was just 18 months ago.

For three years, Jerry lived on the streets. “It was rough. Can’t eat, can’t sleep. People tell you to get the heck away from them. It was just terrible,” he said. “That world is no joke out there.”

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My own personal beliefs on illness often revolved around the idea of wellness. To me, it is more than just having the right medication; it is having the right support system, the right positive perspective, and the right environment to foster progress. At Places for People, the variety of services offered truly reinforced and gave me conviction that these values should continue to be upheld.