At Places for People, we will continue to make every effort to ensure the safety and well-being of our entire community during this time of uncertainty. We are committed to pursuing our mission to improve the physical and behavioral health of the individuals, families, and communities we serve and those who support the provision of these services.

The population we work with is highly representative of individuals with pre-existing conditions who would be most at-risk if exposed to COVID-19. In many ways, those we serve need us now more than ever. Despite the number of unknowns, our goal as an organization is to stay focused on our mission and ensure to the highest extent the health and safety of our workforce and the individuals, families and communities we serve.

We will share information, resources and tips for coping with stress resulting from COVID-19 on this page.

Dr. Gary Morse discusses COVID-19

Dr. Gary Morse discusses Places for People's response to COVID-19, ways to cope with stress and feelings of isolation, and ways to help.

No wrong way to cope with stress or anxiety

At Places for People, our organization practices an individual approach to health + healing, because there is not a singular treatment that works in all cases all of the time. Program Manger Leon Farrar reminds everyone that in this unprecedented time, there is no one or perfect way to cope with stress and anxiety - we can only do our best.


In this uncertain time, Places for People Outpatient Clinic Program Manager Meagan Doty offers this advice for coping with stress.

“There is so much out there that is out of our control, but add to our anxiety about situations. So focusing on what you can control is a great way to keep things from feeling overwhelming. Being able to focus on small choices each day that support health helps increase our overall feelings of control in what often feels like a chaotic environment.”

Additional tips

  • Stay informed, but recognize from taking a break from social media or traditional media would be helpful.
  • Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate
  • Check in with family and friends by phone, text, or email

Read about eight strategies for managing stress on our Perspectives blog.

Tips for coping with stress and anxiety from Leon Farrar

Places for People's Leon Farrar provides tips for coping with stress and anxiety in this challenging time. Leon says it is normal to feel anxiety, and suggests practice mindfulness, being present, and connecting with others as much as possible.

Tips from Dr. Gary Morse about coping with stress

In this time of uncertainty, Dr. Gary Morse, Vice President of Research and Development at Places for People, offers strategies for coping with stress and anxiety. Dr. Morse suggests practing the 3 Cs -- Control, Connection and Compassion.

How to Help

As the professionals on our staff continue to do their jobs, there are a number of critical supplies that will help immensely in providing care to those we serve. Please consider donating these items or making a tax-deductible donation to cover the expense.

Consider donating these critical items or making a monetary donation to cover the cost of these items or purchase some items directly on our Amazon Wish List.

  • Baby formula
  • Hospital-grade thermometers
  • Disposable thermometers
  • Sticker thermometers
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Disposable gloves (latex and non-latex)
  • Masks
  • Goggles
  • Alcohol-soaked wipes
  • N95 Resipirators
  • Laptops
  • Broadband Internet cards
  • Pill organizers/planners
  • Phones (Reloadable phones and minute cards)
  • Disposable scrubs (pants and tops)
  • Puzzles, Coloring Books, Crayon, Sidewalk Chalk

Needed items

Places for People Director of Nursing Georgiann Anderson discusses the most-needed items to continue to provide face-to-face services, including hand sanitizer, N95 masks, disposable scrubs, vinyl gloves, and more.

Thank you

Thank you to these organizations and individuals for helping with monetary or in-kind donations during the COVID-19 crisis.

  • Missouri Foundation for Health for a grant to support our COVID-19 response
  • St. Louis Mental Health Board for a grant to support our COVID-19 response
  • Deaconess Foundation for a grant to support our COVID-19 response
  • The St. Louis Fashion Fund/Michael Drummond for donating 2,000 masks!
  • WIN Warehouse for supplying N95 masks
  • St. Louis Pharmacy for a donation to cover postage expenses for mailing medications
  • St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church for donating food
  • Stumpy’s Spirits in Columbia, IL for Hand Sanitizer
  • Ties, Needles and Thread (TNT) Guild of Glen Carbon for making facemasks.
  • Ruth Heyman for starting a GoFundMe to purchase non-contact thermometers
  • Lowe’s (on Manchester) for donating hand sanitizer
  • Ronald Lovall for donating N95 masks
  • Virginia Stephens for donating food and hygiene items
  • Beth Jokerst for donating masks
  • Clarissa Swope for donating masks
  • Mark Boyko, Emily Lender and Terri Stogsdill for holding Facebook fundraisers for PFP


We will share information and resources about COVID-19 during this time of uncertainty.

Food Resources

  • St. Louis County Library and Operation Food Search will provide drive-thru food pick-up for children from 10 a.m. through noon at nine SLCL branches starting Monday, March 30. Participating branches will provide two shelf-stable breakfasts and two lunches Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Meals will be available free of charge for children ages 18 and under. Meals will be distributed in the branch parking lots. – CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS
  • Attention Affinia Healthcare Patients: Affinia and St. Louis Area Foodbank are offering a fresh food program each Friday from 10-noon until April 24 at 1717 Biddle St (behind the building on 18th Street).
  • SLPS School Sites for Student Meal Support – VISIT LINK
  • St. Louis Region food sites – VISIT LINK
  • Curbside STL (restaurants, services providing pick-up/curbside service – CLICK HERE
  • St. Louis Area Foodbank COVID-19 Response Plan – VISIT LINK
  • Confirmed sites (via Kevin Hogan of Outreach as of 3/18)
    St Peter and Paul | 314-231-9923 | 816 Allen Ave | Bagged dinners, Thru 3/21
    5pm – 5:45pm … Sat 12 – 12:45St. Vincent Church Parish Hall | 314-231-9328 | 1408 S. 10th St.
    Bagged lunches everyday, at the sandwich window….11 – 1:30pm
    Bagged dinners….22nd of March – April 1st at the sandwich window….4:30 – 6pmSoup Alley/Trinity Lutheran Church | 812 Soulard Ave | 314-231-4092
    Monday – Saturday…..9am – 10:30
    Line up on the alley off Soulard (“Seconds” usually available!)Karen House | 314-489-9689 | 1840 Hogan 63106
    Bagged meals…..Tuesdays….6pm – 9pm
    Wednesdays….9am – 12pm
    Sundays….9am – 12pmWest Side Missionary Baptist Church | 314-535-9002 | 4675 Page BLVD 63113
    Food pantry every Thursday……11am – 1pm
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PPE Resources

  • Free hand sanitizer: PW Pizza parking lot between 12-3 p.m. Bring your own container. (2017 Chouteau Ave, St. Louis, Missouri 63103)
  • Face Shield Initiative STL (Facebook Group) – CLICK HERE
  • Greater St. Louis One Million Mask Drive (Open Facebook Group) – VISIT LINK
  • ​​​​​​​PPE for STL (Facebook group) – VISIT LINK


  • St. Louis County Library is partnering with the St. Louis Area Diaper Bank to provide families in need with drive-thru emergency diapers at four library branches starting Friday, April 3 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Families can pick up a supply of 25 diapers each Friday between 10:00 and 12:00 p.m. Appropriately sized diapers will be provided to children ages 3 and under. A child must be present to receive a supply of diapers. Supplies and sizes may be limited. Diapers will be distributed in the branch parking lots. Donations of diapers will also be accepted during this time. – CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS


  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or Live Chat:
  • Missouri Novel Coronavirus Information Hotline – 877-435-8411

Substance Use Resources

  • Online Help to Stay Sober During a Pandemic (Extensive list of resources from NY Times) – CLICK HERE
  • Virtual recovery meetings (Private Facebook group) – VISIT LINK

Financial/Utility Resources

Must be hourly wage employees who have experienced an interruption in income due to COVID-19 and:

◦  Employer closing or cutting hours

◦  Childcare closing causing Employee to lose hours

Must be 250% of poverty level or below (Not eligible if 135% and below or if currently eligible for LIHEAP – refer back to LIHEAP)​​​​​​​

Transportation/Food Delivery

  • The Saint Louis Area Agency on Aging (SLAAA) regularly provides home meal delivery and essential transportation to homebound individuals in St. Louis City who are elderly or disabled. They are expanding their efforts in response to COVID-19. If you know of someone who is a St. Louis City resident and unable to get out of the house to get groceries or medications they may be able to get assistance with transportation or a volunteer may be able to pick up items they have ordered and deliver them. SLAAA may also be able to deliver a package of 5 frozen or shelf-stable meals for individuals. Please direct people who may qualify to call the information line at (314) 612-5918.
  • St. Louis Quarantine Support is a group of volunteers in St. Louis City who are delivering groceries and other necessities so that individuals at highest risk from coronavirus (COVID-19) and those currently experiencing symptoms may remain quarantined. – LINK TO INTAKE FORM

Self Care

Resource Directories

  • MCADSV directory of providers/resources for domestic and sexual violence  – CLICK HERE
  • STL Response COVID-19 Resource Dashboard – CLICK HERE
  • 2-1-1 Helps: A comprehensive resource page – CLICK HERE
  • St. Louis COVID-19 Advocacy Hub – CLICK HERE
  • WePower resource page – CLICK HERE
  • St. Louis Social Resource List – CLICK HERE
  • Resource list – CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention COVID-19 resources – CLICK HERE
  • SMI Adviser (A Clinical Support System for Serious Mental Illness) has a wealth of evidence-based resources available – ALL RESOURCES​​​​​​​ | SUBMIT A CONSULT
  • St. Louis COVID-19 Social Resource Group (Public Facebook Group) – CLICK HERE
  • A comprehensive resource document constantly updated and maintained by UMSL-MIMH – VISIT LINK
  • List of resources from Franklin County – CLICK HERE
  • 30 Fun Things You Can Do if You’re Under Self-Isolation – Part 1 | Part 2
  • Latest information about COVID-19 from the City of St. Louis Department of Health – VISIT LINK
  • Latest information from St. Louis County – VISIT LINK
  • Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare offers resources, information about crisis hotlines, and a “Cope and Hope” section – VISIT LINK
  • Resources from the National Council for Behavioral Health – VISIT LINK
  • The Missouri Department of Mental Health has assembled a comprehensive list of resources with current information about COVID-19. VISIT LINK

Resources for Students

  • St. Louis Graduates resource list to help students – CLICK HERE

Deals for Essential Workers

  • These St. Louis businesses (Steak n Shake, Pebble Brook Pool & Spa, Krispy Kreme, Starbucks) are offering deals for essential workers – CLICK HERE