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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. 

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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.

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RISE - Reaching Independence Through Social Engagement 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 RISE - Reaching Independence Through Social Engagement program.

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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." 

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Willows Way Challenging Community
to Donate 28,000 Pairs of Shoes by End of February

Willows Way is challenging the community to donate 28,000 pairs of used shoes in 28 days to Shoes & Hope. The fundraiser, which concludes Feb. 28, 2017, is sponsored by Willows Way and Vision St. Charles County Leadership, an organization dedicated to growing community leaders.

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Willows Way Expanding Facility to Meet Demand for Unique RISE - Reaching Independence Through Social Engagement Program

Adults with developmental disabilities participate in program's daily structured activities

Extensive renovations are underway at St. Charles County-based Willows Way to accommodate its growing RISE - Reaching Independence Through Social Engagement Program.

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WILLOWS WAY AS FEATURED IN:
St. Louis Post Dispatch

People with autism and other disabilities see new hope for Missouri program expansion

By Alex Stuckey This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For years, Adam Frey sat on his mother’s couch, the bookcases nearby crammed full of books. Instead of interacting with people, he spent most of his hours with the wizards and dragons that danced across the pages of his science fiction and fantasy books.

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