Diminishing Homelessness

As recently reported by the City of St. Louis Department of Human Services, 100% of chronically homeless people in St. Louis have diagnosed disabilities, 70% have a mental illness and 33% have a substance abuse problem. Research additionally shows that one-third of all people who are homeless live with mental illness. Mental illness leads to…

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Healthcare Home Yields Member Success

Mental illness does not solely affect cognitive processes; Mental illness causes significant strain on the overall physical well-being of an individual. Most people affected by mental illness live well below the poverty line, ultimately resulting in circumstances unconducive to healthy living. A combination of poor nutritional habits along with the various side effects associated with…

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#bend2benefitIC

Independence Center is partnering with the St. Louis Cardinals and Yoga Six to host Yoga @ Busch Stadium May on 17. Join the fun and post a picture on Facbook and Twitter by April 30 of you in your favorite yoga pose with hashtag #bend2benefitIC to be entered to win a free Yogi entry to…

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Independence Center Master Gardeners

The Missouri Botanical Gardens is an organization dedicated to the preservation and enrichment of gardening. Founded in 1859, it is the nation’s oldest botanical garden in operation and is a national historic landmark. One of the many activities offered by Missouri Botanical Gardens is their Master Gardeners program. This unique program offers horticulture information and…

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Planned Giving and the Art of Paying it Forward

There is an old Hasidic story of the Rabbi who had a conversation with the Lord about Heaven and Hell. “I will show you Hell,” said the Lord and led the Rabbi into a room in the middle of which was a very big, round table. The people sitting at it were famished and desperate.…

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Stigma-Free Workplace: No Jerks at Work

On October 24, 2014 Panera Bread and Independence Center (IC) teamed up to host a Lunch & Learn at Panera’s Baguette University learning facility at their Support Center, Panera’s St. Louis headquarters. Independence Center members candidly shared their personal testimony, information on how Independence Center serves our community and tips to combat stigma of mental…

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Partners in Productivity: Wells Fargo

Independence Center partners with St. Louis-area employers like Wells Fargo Advisors who provide meaningful job opportunities to adults living with severe and persistent mental illness. Delonda Howard is an Independence Center participant currently working as an operations clerk at Wells Fargo Advisors where she organizes and distributes office supplies that assist with implementing new business…

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Partners in Productivity: Stifel

Damon Harrison is one of hundreds of Independence Center participants presently working in the St. Louis community because of our partnership with leading St. Louis area employers. Damon works part-time at Stifel, stocking and cleaning the break and conference rooms at Stifel. “We’re providing people with a purpose,” says Ron Kruszewski, Chairman, President and CEO…

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Partners in Productivity: BJH

Independence Center partners with St. Louis-area employers like Barnes-Jewish Hospital who provide meaningful job opportunities to adults living with severe and persistent mental illness. Johnnie Phillips is an Independence Center participant currently working in the food and nutrition department at Barnes-Jewish Hospital where he prepares and expedites meals for patients. “This employment program is an…

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Partners in Productivity: Bethesda Health Group

Independence Center partners with St. Louis-area employers like Bethesda Health Group who provide meaningful job opportunities to adults living with severe and persistent mental illness. Steven Name is an Independence Center member currently working as a dining service aide at Bethesda Dilworth where he prepares and serves meals to residents. “Partnering with other nonprofits in…

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