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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.

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

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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

 

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

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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). 

Read more: Striving to Increase Awareness for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

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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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St. Charles County Non-Profit Willows Way Offering Yoga Class in February

Yoga, an ancient Indian practice that involves moving the body and training the mind to achieve balance and well-being, has many well-known benefits for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), including increased flexibility, decreased stress and anxiety, and improved mental health. 

On Saturday, Feb. 10, non-profit Willows Way will offer a special class through its Project HEART program called "All About Yoga" at its facility at 800 Friedens Road in St. Charles, MO. The FREE class is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon.

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Willows Way Collecting Gifts and Donations for Clients in Need Through Angel Tree Fund

Organization promotes independence in adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities  

St. Charles-based non-profit Willows Way is accepting monetary donations and gifts to brighten the holiday season for its clients through its Angel Tree program. Willows Way offers social-service programs to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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Willows Way, as featured on Y98 St. Louis Voices

By Jill Devine

This edition of St. Louis Voices featured Willows Way. Joy, Emily, and Michelle were my guests.

Read more: St. Louis Voices – Willows Way

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Willows Way to Host Art of Wine Fundraiser Oct. 5 Showcasing the Artistic Talents of Area Adults with Developmental Disabilities

The artists receive 100% of the proceeds from their art sales

There is no question that art can evoke a variety of feelings and emotions, both in the artist and in its audience. But for an adult with a developmental disability, learning to make a brush stroke, mix paints, focus a camera and see the world through the eye of an artist can have a profound impact.

On Thursday, Oct. 5, St. Charles-based non-profit Willows Way will showcase artwork from adults with physical and developmental challenges participating in its innovative Mentor Arts Program and St. Charles Photography Club at its fourth annual "Art of Wine" fundraising event at EdgeWild Restaurant & Winery in Chesterfield, MO. Tickets to the event cost $40 each and are available for purchase online at willowsway.org.

Read more: Willows Way to Host Art of Wine Fundraiser Oct. 5

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Brian Brooks Appointed to Willows Way Board of Directors

Willows Way, an organization based in St. Charles, MO that supports adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, has appointed Brian Brooks, 41, of Town and Country, MO to its Board of Directors.

Brooks, who has an 18-year-old son with autism, says he plans to use his experiences raising a child with a severe developmental disability to help others within the Willows Way organization.

Read more: Brian Brooks Appointed to Willows Way Board of Directors

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