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The Independence Center in St. Louis helps adults with severe and persistent mental illnesses find employment.

(KSDK) -- Imagine trying to get hired when you've been out of the workforce for a couple of years because of mental illness. The Independence Center in St. Louis is helping people do just that.

Whether it's learning to arrange flowers at the on-site florist, working in the cafeteria kitchen or manning the register in the upscale resale shop, the Independence Center helps people with mental illness reconnect with work and life.

"The clubhouse model is predicated on the idea that all of us are human beings, sick or well, need to know there's somewhere we're needed, wanted and expected and that when we get there, adult work will be going on," said Mike Keller, the executive director of the Independence Center. "

The Independence Center helps members prepare for job interviews and places them in what are called 'transitional' jobs with St. Louis companies.

If you have an opening at your company either for an individual or a group of people and would like to explore becoming part of Independence Center's Transitional Employment or Independent Employment program, please contact:

Amy Clinton, Supervisor and Employment Specialist
Direct: (314)880-5407

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