St. John’s Community Care was awarded a $5,000 grant for Art Therapy in their Adult Day Programs in Edwardsville and Collinsville from the Employees Community Fund of Boeing St. Louis.  This fund is made up of employee managed funds which are distributed by the local ECF board in accordance with the best interest of the community and membership.

With this generous contribution, St. John’s Community Care will be able to fund a practicum student through SIUE’s Art Therapy Counseling Program for another year. For participants who are living with memory loss, being able to pull from their past is a way for them to engage with others and feel positive about themselves.  Unlike other therapies, art therapy offers a wide variety of modalities and interventions and can be tailored to each specific participant to address their particular needs within the Adult Day Program setting.

St. John’s Adult Day Program offers opportunities for aging and disabled people needing care to socialize in a safe, supportive setting. “St. John’s Adult Day Program is a one of a kind, very unique, classy place. My Mom has been attending for several years and it’s the best anti-depressant for her. I have seen a number of adult day centers and none compare. I’ve noticed such a sense of dignity and respect for every client.” said Cheryl Mines.

The Adult Day Program offered at St. John’s in both Collinsville and Edwardsville is open Mon. – Fri from 6:30 am – 6:00 pm. Many participants are eligible for services paid through a government program. For more information, please call 618-344-5008 or visit St. John’s Community Care is an outreach ministry of St. John Evangelical United Church of Christ (Collinsville) and a proud member of the United Way.