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November 5, 2015: SLP client Stephanie says, ‘I am a work in progress’


Stephanie is one of 255 clients in the PLACES Supportive Living Program (SLP) who made progress toward their goals in FY 2015.

SLP provides wrap-around case management services to adults with mental illness who are able to live independently in the community. Many have substance abuse and chronic health concerns. Because clients struggle with daily tasks, they need intense supportive services.

Here is Stephanie’s story, in her own words.

My PLACES caseworker Pam has been such a blessing to me.
When I feel down in the dumps, like no one cares, she shows up for my appointment and brings me out of it. It’s like an angel just walked through my door! She calms the whole house down. And I don’t feel so hopeless.

I used to struggle with my housecleaning.
Pam taught me how to prioritize things and stop criticizing myself. She taught me to take it easy, not be overwhelmed and just do what you can for the day.

After my cousin passed away, I got really upset and worried about what would happen next.
But Pam made me feel calm. She’s kept me sane. She is a loving and caring person.

I want to be productive, so today I’m helping a friend move.
He’s a blind man, but he has his own way of seeing things. I’m glad he’s in my life.

I’m also a recovering alcoholic, so I’ve been going to AA meetings, remaining sober one day at a time.
And I used to never see my mom – she’s the only parent I have – but now we’ve been spending time together, so it’s been great! It makes me feel wonderful.

My husband and I – we want to go forward with our housing and not backward.
We want to find another apartment that’s not in a bad neighborhood – one with a front door and a back door.

I am a work in progress.
But life now – it looks good. And I’m proud to be alive.


News Archive:

December 9, 2015: PLACES supporters donate $13,525 to help residents, clients and tenants enjoy a happier holiday

November 5, 2015: SLP client Stephanie says, ‘I am a work in progress’

September 14, 2015: For Mental Health Awareness Week, October 4-10, NAMI Presents National Day of Prayer on October 6, 2015

September 13, 2014: PLACES Dedicates 25th Anniversary Commemorative Walkway at Gascho Gardens

May 2014: Update Your Enrollment in the Kroger Community Rewards Program on Behalf of PLACES

January 16, 2014: LISW, is New Director of Client Services at PLACES

December 12, 2013: PLACES to Build 25th Anniversary Commemorative Walkway

September 2013: PLACES Opens its Largest Housing First Program Yet

May 3, 2013: PLACES Helps Ex-offenders Start Their Lives Over

April 1, 2013: Keep Your Support Coming–Renew Your Annual Kroger Community Rewards Registration!

December 6, 2012: Homeless Persons' Memorial Service to be Held at Courthouse Square, Dayton, at noon December 2

August 8, 2012: PLACES to Open Its Fourth Housing First Facility

July 27, 2012: 36 Residents Will Benefit from Repairs, Improvements to Four PLACES Adult Care Facilities

July 23, 2012: The Colorado Tragedy: What Families Are Asking

May 7, 2012: On-Site Pharmacy at South Community Makes Medication Compliance Easier and More Convenient for PLACES Clients and Tenants

May 1, 2012: Shop at Kroger so PLACES Can Earn 4% Cash Back – at No Cost to You

March 6, 2012: New PLACES Website Raises Awareness about Mental Health Disorders

Sept. 12, 2011: PLACES Receives a $5,000 Grant from CareSource Foundation


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