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Art of Wine Fundraiser Postponed Until September

Due to the extensive facility renovations, our expanding day services program and other factors, we have decided to postpone our popular Art of Wine fundraiser until September this year. Held in June for the past three years, this event showcases the creative artwork of clients participating in our innovative Mentor Arts Program.

At the event, attendees have the opportunity to purchase the inspirational pieces of artwork and meet the artists and their mentors. We will have more information about the event in the upcoming months - stay tuned!

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We are moving right along...

We are making much progress on the extensive renovations to our facility. Last month, we moved our business offices and some program offices upstairs to our newly renovated space, now connected to the lower level via a new elevator and staircase.

With the offices moved upstairs, construction is now underway to renovate the lower level to accommodate our extremely popular, and expanding, day services program. The renovations will enable 25 -30 additional individuals to participate in the program, which we have renamed RISE - Reaching Independence Through Social Engagement. Current services provided on the lower level will not be interrupted by the construction, and will continue as scheduled.

Read more: Willows Way Construction Update

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Local Resources Available to Plan Summer Fun Activities for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Summer can be a fun time of the year, but for adults with developmental disabilities, finding summer programs and activities that accommodate their special needs can be challenging.

Melodee Benton, Associate Director of Independent Living at Willows Way, says there are many organizations and resources available locally that offer summer activities catered specifically for adults with developmental disabilities, which may include autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, pervasive developmental disorders, cerebral palsy, and intellectual disabilities.

Exploring the world around them, and socializing with others in meaningful activities can often times have a profound, positive affect on a person with a developmental disability, said Benton.

"Art and music, physical exercise and outdoor exploration are ideal activities for strengthening social relationships and improving the emotional and physical well-being of us all," said Benton.

Read more: Local Resources Available to Plan Summer Fun Activities for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

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Willows Way Sponsors People First of Missouri Conference, Several Clients Attend

Willows Way clients Johanna, Victoria and Stacey were among the many attendees at the People First of Missouri (PFMO) 2017 Conference, April 21-23 in Osage Beach, MO.

PFMO is a statewide organization that promotes equality for people with disabilities so they can live the life they want in the community.

Willows Way was also a sponsor of the conference. Sponsorships, advertisers and exhibitors help to keep registration costs to the event affordable for self-advocates and provide a limited number of scholarships.

Read more: Willows Way Sponsors People First of Missouri Conference

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We're on the move!

Over this past weekend, we moved our business offices upstairs to our newly renovated space, now connected to the lower level through a new elevator and staircase. The next phase will be remodeling the lower level to expand our Community Integration and Realities programs!

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Happy Easter from Willows Way

Ellen, Arlie and Ryan, participants in our Project HEART program, had an "eggcellent" time on April 13 expressing themselves through decorating Easter eggs.

Read more: Happy Easter from Willows Way

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Willows Way Holding Job Fair on April 4-5

FULL TIME, PART TIME, & PRN POSITIONS

We serve individuals in their homes throughout St. Louis & St. Charles Counties

Providing Quality Supports for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities for over 25 years.

Willows Way is currently seeking reliable, kind, compassionate, patient, and positive role models for employment.

JOB FAIR

LOCATION | 800 FRIEDENS ROAD | SUITE 100

ST. CHARLES, MO 63303

On the Spot Interviews

Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 9:30am-Noon

and

Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 1:00pm-4:00pm

Read more: Willows Way Holding Job Fair on April 4-5

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K.C. Realizes Joys of Independent Living Through Willows Way Realities Program

Willows Way provides independent living services in numerous ways. The Developmental Disabilities Resource Board of St. Charles County supports our Realities service which provides approved adults up to eight hours of individualized services in areas such as teaching menu planning and personal budgeting; assisting in roommate and house searches; help with doctor's visits and improving self-advocacy skills. 

Read more: K.C. Realizes Joys of Independent Living Through Willows Way Realities Program

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Project HEART Participant Boosts Her Confidence Hosting Monthly Craft Club

E.W. is a very active lady who regularly participates in Project HEART – a Willows Way program of evening educational classes that focuses primarily on health and/or safety-related topics such as cooking and nutrition, exercise and personal hygiene, driver’s education, building healthy relationships, improving problem-solving skills, health and the human body, and internet security and privacy issues, to name a few.

Read more: Project HEART Participant Boosts Her Confidence Hosting Monthly Craft Club

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Community Integration and Education Program Helps Client Improve Reading Skills

As part of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in March, we will be sharing stories of Willows Way clients and their personal achievements through participation in our various programs. This week, we would like to introduce you to 61-year-old S.H., a participant in our Community Integration and Education program.

Read more: Community Integration and Education Program Helps Client Improve Reading Skills

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 March: Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Willows Way Striving to Increase Awareness for
Developmental Disabilities, Available Programs in the Community

According to the National Organization on Disability/Louis Harris & Associates Survey of Americans with Disabilities, an estimated 2.5 million people in the United States have a developmental disability, and an estimated 20.3 million families in the United States have at least one member with a disability.

Unless people are personally affected in some way by a developmental disability, many don't realize just how many Americans and their families are impacted by the condition, and many more are not aware of the programs and resources in their own communities dedicated to assisting them, according to Joy Steele, Executive Director of Willows Way, a non-profit organization based in St. Charles, MO that provides residential and community support to adults with developmental disabilities. 

"As part of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in March, we want to inform people about available programs that promote independence and dignity for adults and their families living with a developmental disability," said Steele. "At Willows Way, we believe all people with developmental disabilities who seek the kind of personalized support that nurtures the body, mind, and spirit will experience a sense of home, a feeling of security, and an avenue for personal growth in the community." 

Read more: Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

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