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This week, Maddie Stewart departs Places for People to enter medical school in pursuit of her dream to become a doctor. The two years Stewart spent at Places for People – first as a volunteer and then as an employee – have made an impact on her future focus. “It’s made me commit to community health as the basis for what I do,” she said.

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One day a year, the Places for People Recovery Center is abuzz with activity at 4 a.m. That’s when the Recovery Center serves as the staging point for the St. Louis City Continuum of Care’s Point-In-Time Count. Seventy-six volunteers conducted this year’s count in the city, picking up supplies and receiving final instructions at Places for People before heading off to their assigned areas of the city.

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Please meet Meredith. For the past 10 months, Meredith has volunteered her time every other Saturday morning leading a wellness group at Places at Page. In the group she discusses nutrition, exercise, healthy choices, and anything else that might come up. The experience has inspired her to pursue a master’s degree in social work at Washington University in St. Louis this fall.

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In 2016, volunteers provided 3,403 hours of service to Places for People!
Volunteering is a rewarding experience that can be even more fun when performed as a group activity. Places for People was proud to be one of the non-profit organizations included by Contegix in its 16 in ’16 service initiative. This program allowed Contegix employees paid time off to volunteer for 16 hours during 2016.