- Published: Wednesday, 07 November 2018 18:10
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.
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.
Members of the Saint Charles Photography Meetup group, organized by Willows Way Associate Director of Independent Living Melodee Benton, took a tour of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery on Tuesday where its members, which included Willows Way clients, took photos of the sights around the brewery. Mentored by professional photographer and volunteer Kathy Curry, Willows Way clients were encouraged to take photos to be exhibited and sold at Willows Way's annual Art of Wine event scheduled for September.
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.
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.
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 RISE - Reaching Independence Through Social Engagement and Realities programs!
Ellen, Arlie and Ryan, participants in our Project HEART program, had an "eggcellent" time on April 13 expressing themselves through decorating Easter eggs.
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.