Member Spotlight: Support from Across the Sea

Hi there, My name is Marco and I have been a member of the Independence Center since December of 2010. I volunteer as a member at the Center’s Clubhouse Shop, which has helped me develop healthy relationships, rebuild my self-esteem, and live with dignity. A year ago, I had the opportunity to visit Mosaic Clubhouse…

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Employee Spotlight: Congratulations Jonathan Long!

Congratulations to Independence Center Employment Specialist Jonathan Long who was awarded the 2017 Illinois Governor’s Volunteer Award for his exemplary service to the Illinois community. “I was surprised and honored. Service is important because there are a lot of issues in the community that need to be addressed. It’s important for people within their own…

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Anxiety – The Poem

She feels like she is suffocating. She feels like her breath is escaping her as if she was drowning. She feels the room spinning around her body. She thinks she might be having a heart attack. Her breath is picking up, she is breathing faster and faster. Flash backs are running through her head like…

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MHB Invests in Restoring Lives

St. Louis Mental Health Board Grant Investing in the value of returning to work “I’m sorry. We do not have a position for you at this time.” This is the response too often heard to those living with chronic mental illness. Whether it’s a gap in employment history or the stigma that still exists, the…

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Recovery Through Work

Life changed for Lisa when she walked through the doors of Independence Center’s Clubhouse this past March. She was working as a data entry processor when her symptoms of depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder worsened, and she found herself frequently visiting the hospital. After her medication was adjusted, symptoms subsided and her social worker recommended…

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Message from Executive Director

Holiday Greetings! It’s an honor to write to you as Independence Center’s next Executive Director. I am fortunate to be joining this wonderful organization during the holidays as we reflect on the year past and look forward to bright future. My family and I celebrated Thanksgiving at the Clubhouse with over 200 members and their…

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Dancing with the St. Louis Stars is back!

  The most-anticipated fundraiser of the New Year is coming back! Centene Corporation is proud to present the ninth annual Dancing with the St. Louis Stars, a benefit for Independence Center. Culminating months of practice, St. Louis business leaders will light up the city in an entertaining dance competition on January 28 at the Ritz-Carlton.…

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Goodbye from Executive Director

Dear Friends of Independence Center, This letter is more personal than most updates we share with you. That’s because it’s my last correspondence with you before my retirement as Executive Director, a few months from now. My last chance, after twelve years serving a mission that’s become very personal to me, to thank you for…

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Why I Support? Restoring Lives.

Why do I continue to support Independence Center? Because I have experienced firsthand the many wonderful supportive services that Independence Center provides to those suffering with mental illness. You see my son, John Wobbe, struggled with a serious mental illness. It roared its ugly head his freshman year in college. He left me a message…

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