Places for People recently received a five-year federal grant to provide treatment to people who are homeless and also strengthen the available evidence-based practices for providers in the St. Louis region.

The nearly $2.5 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will help Places for People reach and enroll 428 individuals who are homeless in St. Louis City and County in the next five years, and engage them in services through the “3-2-1 Project.”

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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.”

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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.