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We Need Advocates

To clients, families, guardians and friends of Willows Way,

We are sending this information to all of you in the hopes that we may be able to find folks who would be interested in learning more about advocacy for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. And here’s why...

If you’re involved with Willows Way or any other support provider, this likely comes as no surprise. Providers are experiencing a staffing shortage like we have never seen before. It isn’t just at Willows Way or only in Missouri. It’s national and there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight. Agencies have been working alongside industry legislative advocates in an attempt to secure increased state funding that would allow us the pay Direct Care Professionals (DSPs) higher wages.

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Willows Way Welcomes Three New Members to its Board of Directors 

(St. Charles, MO, July 31, 2019) St. Charles-based Willows Way, a non-profit organization providing support to area adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), recently added three new members to its volunteer Board of Directors. The new members include Abby Hare of St. Charles, MO; Jessica Maykopet of Waterloo, IL; and Julaine Murphy of Dardenne Prairie, MO.

Abby Hare, a Quality Systems Engineer for Synergetics (Bausch + Lomb), says she had been looking into volunteer opportunities and searching various websites when she came across the Willows Way Board of Directors position and liked what she read about the organization and its mission.

Hare has a younger sister who was born 10 weeks premature and is greatly impacted developmentally and somewhat physically.

“I was five years old when she was born, so I grew up with her restrictions and disabilities being my normal life,” said Hare. “She will never be independent, and I know how much of a burden this can be on caretakers. She currently lives with my parents, but I will be her provider should anything happen to my parents. Organizations such as Willows Way are great resources.”

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It's a New Year, and a great time to achieve your personal and professional goals for 2019

It's a New Year, and a great time to achieve your personal and professional goals for 2019 by volunteering on Willows Way's Board of Directors! Donating your time is a meaningful way to give back to others and meet new people, plus expand your professional and personal network. If you're interested in making a difference in the lives of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, or know someone who is, please contact us today!

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Willows Way as featured in Weldon Spring NeighborsWillows Way as featured in Weldon Spring Neighbors

Mission Spotlight Corner

Willows Way, a non-profit organization in St. Charles, has been empowering adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities since 1989.

Founded on the core values of teamwork, respect, integrity and person-centered support, Willows Way provides adults of all abilities with the opportunity to experience a sense of home, a feeling of security and an avenue for personal growth and independence through a variety of programs and services, including:

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Willows Way Celebrating 5th Anniversary of Art of Wine Fundraiser

Event showcases artistic talents of area adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities

(St. Charles, MO, Sept. 5, 2018) St. Charles-based Willows Way, a non-profit organization providing support to area adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), will celebrate its 5th annual Art of Wine event 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25 at EdgeWild Restaurant & Winery in Chesterfield, MO.

Tickets to the event cost $45 each and can be purchased online at willowsway.org/fundraising-events-news/art-of-wine.

During the event, Art of Wine attendees are treated to wine and appetizers and have an opportunity to purchase original photographs and paintings created by clients in Willows Way's Mentor Arts program and photography club. The artists receive 100% of the proceeds from the sale of their art. This year, the event will feature original works from six photographers and five painters.

“This is the coolest event! Their talent blows me away and the thrill of watching the artists sell their work is something you won't forget. You'll meet the artists, fall in love with one their pieces and walk away with an amazing story to tell,” said Willows Way Executive Director Joy Steele.

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Willows Way featured in Saint Charles County Community News

Thanks to Saint Charles County Community News for helping us spread the word about our awesome programs and services for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities! Check us out on Page 3 of their June 27 issue!

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Willows Way Increases Starting Pay for Direct Support Professionals to $11.50 Per Hour

(St. Charles, MO, June 26, 2018) The Willows Way Board of Directors voted during its May monthly meeting to approve an increase in the organization's starting hourly wage.

Effective June 28, the starting wage for a Direct Support Professional (DSP) in the organization's residential support and RISE day programs will increase from $10.25/hour to $11.50/hour.

Founded in 1990, Willows Way provides a variety of social-service programs to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, which include 24-hour support, independent living support, skills development/community integration, educational classes and a day program. Willows Way currently has over 180 employees serving 200 clients in programs and 1,360 participants in its classes.

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Willows Way Welcomes New Members Ryan Strecker and Mayur Thulasidas to its Board of Directors

(St. Charles, MO, May 22, 2018) Willows Way, an organization based in St. Charles, MO that provides support to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), recently added two new members to its Board of Directors - Ryan Strecker of St. Peters, MO and Mayur Thulasidas of Creve Coeur, MO.

Ryan Strecker
Account Executive at GuidePoint Security

Mayur Thulasidas
VP Business Banking Officer with U.S. Bank

 

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Willows Way Striving to Increase Awareness for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Available Community Programs

According to the National Organization on Disability/Louis Harris & Associates Survey of Americans with Disabilities, there are an estimated 2.5 million people in the United States with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and an estimated 20.3 million families in the United States with 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, and many more are not aware of the resources available in their own communities, 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 intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). 

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Willows Way 4th Annual Art Of Wine, as featured in StreetScape Magazine

Thank you StreetScape Magazine for the awesome photo spread on the Art of Wine in the 2017 Holiday Issue!

As Featured In StreetScape Magazine

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