2022 Impact Report


As the Executive Director at Independence Center, I wanted to reach out, introduce myself, and tell you how thankful I am for your continued support.

I appreciate this chance to share with you some of the major achievements we’re most proud of in this past year. Attached you’ll find our annual Impact Report — highlighting just that.

The work we do here is so important, and deeply personal for me. It is rare, today, to find anyone who hasn’t had a loved one affected by mental illness. Coming from a financial background, this organization has allowed me to intersect those skills with a mission where I witness the profound positive impacts on lives each day. I count myself lucky to be part of it and thankful to be leading a team of such dedicated individuals.

Because I transitioned from Chief Financial Officer into this role, our paths may already have crossed. Whether we’re chatting for the first time, or just catching up — I’d love to connect further, hear your ideas, and discuss how your support helps propel our mission.

Telehealth & Accessibility

A majority of health services have become available to members via TeleHealth to keep continuity of care at a time when social distancing is imperative. Additionally, IC secured a $94,000 technology grant providing phones and access to Clubhouse members.

Virtual Clubhouse

During shutdown due to COVID, IC provided a virtual gathering place exclusive to members mimicking the Clubhouse socialization and engagement in virtual Work Order Day programming.

Suicide Prevention & Intervention

We have trained team members in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) and QPR, an emergency response approach. Additionally, we have continued our Zero Suicide efforts to ensure all of our members receive the most support possible during this trying time.

Coordination of Care Improvements

The Impact of Your Contributions

Each year, Independence Center serves over 1,600 members, and the need is rapidly increasing. We are committed to providing the most exceptional care to anyone with a severe and persistent mental illness, regardless of their ability to pay. Each day, members rely on Independence Center to help manage their illness, find belonging and purpose, and gain the independence to live a healthy, quality life.

In this letter and report, you’ll see the proof of our importance, not just to our members, but to a healthier St. Louis community – and we hope you’ll consider how we rely on your generous support as we provide members a path to better mental health.


Patricia Holmes
Executive Director