Episode 38 – Celebrating Black History with Pearl and Michelle

This week I am speaking with two Independence Center members, Pearl and Michelle about Black History Month and how members and staff have been celebrating this month. Pearl and Michelle both participate in the member led group, The Conversation Stars Here. This group meets weekly, and their mission is to “promote unity, dialogue, action, and […]

Episode 36 – Realizing Your Potential with DeAndra Smith

Today I am talking with DeAndra Smith. DeAndra is a member at Independence Center who first came to IC homeless and in need of a lot of support. Over time, DeAndra realized his potential, got involved with the kitchen unit at the Clubhouse, participated as the member dancer in Dancing with the St. Louis Stars, […]

Episode 35 – Putting Housing First with Chris Brannaman

Today I am talking with Chris Brannaman about her new role as the Housing Liaison at Independence Center. This new role focuses on supporting those with behavioral health diagnosis find housing in the community and get connected to resources in the community. She explains the role, some of the other housing supports Independence Center offers, […]

Episode 33 – A Conversation with Crowd Favorite George Brooks

Today I am talking with Independence Center member, Star Dancer, and winner of the Crowd Favorite award at Dancing with the St. Louis Stars 2022, George Brooks. We talk about George’s background growing up and how he learned he had paranoid schizophrenia. We also talk about Dancing with the St. Louis Stars, a special gift […]

Episode 32 – Abby & Marco Talk Dancing with the St. Louis Stars

Abby& Marco talking about Independence Center’s upcoming Dancing with the St. Louis Stars event happening on January 15th, 2022. The two discuss how the event got its start and why it is such an important event for Independence Center. Learn more about how fundraising at Dancing with the St. Louis Stars supports programs and services […]

Episode 31 – The Road to Recovery with Trenda Davis

This week we are talking with Independence Center member, Trenda Davis. Trenda struggled with her mental illness disagnosis for quite some time before seeking treatment and support. Listen to what she has learned along the way about herself and how she is reshaping the common misconceptions about mental illness in the Black community by sharing […]