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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.”

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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.”