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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 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 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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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.

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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.

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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 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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