It’s SPRING 2020




Here are a few tips  to increasing your overall happiness during this time of the year:

1. Think spring and ask, “ What do I want to grow?”

Perhaps it’s to grow your garden or redo your home office or clean up personal calendar?

2. Plant some fun new joy into your life.  “What’s something new I would like to do?”

What can you spring into for this spring? Perhaps it’s a new hobby like gardening, genealogy or hiking. Maybe volunteering with the elderly or reading to children?

3.  Time For Friends and Family.  “What is a meaningful way to spend time?”

Who is someone I haven’t seen all winter that you would like to renew your relationship? Who do I miss and who do I laugh with?

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Tis the Season

4 Ways to Give this Season

Number 1.       Giving Tuesday Donations


Today is the day, in the heart of the holiday season, a day set aside to allow each of us to be a part of making a difference in the lives of others.

Your financial gift can help someone who has a mental illness feel valued, accepted, proud to go to work, and be able to overcome the barriers created by having a mental illness. The desire to become employed empowers individuals to succeed in their recovery and personal goals.

Your donations assist us in Changing People’s Lives through employment. We invite all of you to join us in donating to Work In Progress. Work In Progress is a  501 c 3 Organization dedicated to serving individuals living in Richland and Lexington Counties with recovery from the barriers of mental illness by providing employment services and supports.

 We appreciate your desire to help.

Click on the donate button below to make a secure online donation.

Or you can mail a check to our mailing address:

1111 Belleview St.  Suite 101, Columbia, SC 29201

803- 758-0066

We thank you for your kind and generous support.

Please share this request with others who would understand the barriers of having a mental illness and the restoration of hope achieved through employment !

Thank you for your donation!

Click to Donate



Number 2.    Target Circle Shop and Vote


Earn votes to help direct where Target gives in your community*.

Every time you check out, you can earn one vote to help direct where Target gives in your community.

Earn votes in store by entering your phone number at checkout, or have a Team Member scan your Wallet barcode in the Target app when you check out.

You can also earn up to 7 days after making a purchase by entering your receipt number on, or scanning the receipt barcode using the Target app. If you’re shopping on, just sign in to your account and your vote(s) will be added after checkout.

Track and cast your votes for the participating nonprofit(s) of your choosing on your dashboard on

*Restrictions apply. For full terms see Target Circle™ Terms & Conditions.

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Number 3.   Amazon Smile Donations


This holiday season – Shop through Amazon Smiles to create jobs through Work In Progress

Work In Progress is a member of AmazonSmile -a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you.
Share this link: and tell your family, employees, and friends that  Amazon will give a portion of their purchase  to benefit the individuals served through Work In Progress Inc.

Thank you – we hope you have a safe and happy holiday season.

Click here for the Amazon Smile Program

Number 4. Kroger Rewards Program


To Use the Kroger Community Rewards Program:
Simply  visit 

Once logged into your Kroger account you can search for Work In Progress Inc either by name or MR257 and then click Enroll. New users will need to create an account which requires some basic information, a valid email address and a rewards card.
You must have a registered Kroger rewards card account to link to Work In Progress. If you do not yet have a Kroger rewards card, they are available at the customer service desk at any Kroger

Please share this request with others who would understand the barriers of having a mental illness and the restoration of hope achieved through employment !

Thank you for your donation!






As the holiday season comes upon us, Work In Progress has so much to be grateful for. Cooking the holiday meals and decorating for all the special occasions can easily take up all your time but we would like to challenge you to not forget what Work In Progress is all about.

Don’t forget that many people are looking for work so they can too enjoy their holidays and provide for themselves and their loved ones.

On Tuesday, December 3, Work In Progress is participating in #GIVINGTUESDAY

GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement, unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and their world.

Starting with GivingTuesday and continuing throughout December, we at Work In Progress ask that you join us as we count the many ways in which your donations have allowed us to help individuals struggling with mental illness find their way into employment and a successful future.


Equal Employment for All





Building an inclusive workplace

An inclusive business promotes equal employment opportunities for all individuals. That includes recruiting, hiring, retaining and promoting individuals with disabilities. 

There are so many ways that your business can start building a diverse and inclusive workplace.

You can hire someone with a disability and, in doing so, help your business thrive.

Here are some ways to get started…

Establish internal policies that prioritize hiring people with disabilities.


Ensure job announcements posted on job boards and on social/professional networking sites are in accessible formats.


Indicate that qualified individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply and that accommodations will be provided.


Confirm that interview locations are physically accessible.


Develop orientation and onboarding programs, career development programs, mentoring programs and employee resource groups for individuals with disabilities.


Get a further and more in depth look at the details:

Recruiting, Hiring, Retaining, and Promoting People with Disabilities



Thanks and credits to SC ABLE and Hire Me SC

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Sources for this information include the following places: the 2018 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium and the United States Department of Labor, Community Rehabilitation Programs List.


Target Circle Donation Opportunity


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Dear Work In Progress Family,

We are honored and excited to announce that we have been chosen to participate in a special charitable giving campaign, sponsored and funded by Target. And you have the chance to help direct a portion of Target’s donation to us!

Now through January 5th, vote for us through the Target Circle program to help determine how Target’s donation will be divvied up. Find out more about Target Circle here:

We’re asking our supporters to help us make the most of this incredible opportunity. Every vote counts to help us receive a portion of the available Target funds as we continue our mission to create more life opportunities for individuals with a mental illness by providing qualified candidates to the local job market, referring people who have experienced mental illness or emotional problems to the appropriate opportunity.

Don’t forget, as you earn more votes, you can keep voting multiple times during the campaign!

Thank you for your support, and we encourage you to share your support for us (and your thanks to Target) on social media throughout the duration of the voting!

Amy Jolly

USC Bringing Awareness of Mental Health



One Gamecock family has turned a tragedy into an opportunity to help raise awareness for mental health for student athletes.

Ryan Hilinski is the freshman starting quarterback for the South Carolina Gamecocks.  His two brothers, Kelly and Tyler also played college football.

January 2018, Ryan’s brother Tyler took his own life.  No one saw it coming.

The Hilinski family started an organization dedicated to providing resources for mental wellness for student athletes. It’s called Hilinski’s Hope.

Over the past weekend, the Hilinski family overheard people talking about an idea to bring more awareness to mental health and athletes when South Carolina takes on Alabama this Saturday.

“The idea was in order to sort of draw attention to mental health in sports, the entire stadium would stand and hold three fingers in the air at the beginning of the Third Quarter in solidarity that we’re here for each other. That we recognize this problem isn’t going away,” said Mark Hilinski.

September is Suicide Prevention Month

The National Suicide Prevention Line is 1-800-273-8255

WLTX19 Article

Midlands Gives



Today is Midlands Gives!  Midlands Gives brings the region together as one community, raising money and awareness for Midlands nonprofits.

Please consider giving to Work In Progress today if you already haven’t.

Thank you to to Midlands Gives-

And to Central Carolina Community Foundation-

AND the sponsors of Midlands Gives!!

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Dear Work In Progress Friends,

We are in need of your financial help.  The individuals living in the midlands who experience the symptoms of a mental illness are in need of employment and many life necessities. Mark your calendars now for Tuesday, May 7th.

If you want to schedule to donate now ahead of time and be the early bird bird

Work In Progress, Inc is participating in the Midlands Gives, fundraising blitz, sponsored by the Central Carolina Community Foundation.

Forward this message to your friends.  Please encourage them to participate too. We can all make a difference in a person’s recovery from the barriers created by mental illness. Every gift, no matter how small or large, makes a difference!


Why is this day so important for giving?   Midlands Gives provides us with many other opportunities to multiply our gifts on May 7th

Donate Now-

During Midlands Gives, contributions of just $20 or more are amplified through sponsored prize incentives thanks to the Community Foundation’s Corporate Philanthropy Champions. Your gift could help your favorite nonprofit win one of the following prizes:

  • AFLAC POWER HOURS | 12 prizes totaling $30,000

$2,500 added to one small budget and one large budget nonprofit that has the most unique donors during the following hours:                         7 – 8 & 10 to 11 AM, 12 to 12:59 PM,4 – 5 PM  6 to 7 PM  11 PM to 11:59 PM

  • DOMINION ENERGY ENERGIZE PRIZE | 40 prizes totaling $40,000

If total donations reach $1 Million by 5:30 PM on May 7th, Dominion will award $1,000 to 40 randomly drawn nonprofits. The drawing will be done live at Midlands Gives headquarters at 5:45 PM on May 7th.

  • NEPHRON CHAMPION PAGE CHALLENGE | 5 prizes totaling $5,000

$1,000 awarded to five randomly drawn nonprofits from the Champion Pages that have at least $100 in donations by 8 PM on May 7.

  • BB&T MILESTONE PRIZES | 5 prizes totaling $5,000

$1,000 awarded to the nonprofit that receives the gift that achieves one of the following giving milestones: $250,000, $500,000, $1 million, $1.5 million

  • SOUTH STATE BANK FIRST GIFT PRIZE | 2 prizes totaling $2,000

$1,000 awarded to one small budget and one large budget nonprofit who receives the first gift of the day in their size category

Let everyone know! Mark your calendar! Just don’t forget to donate on May 7th using this link.   Thank you for your generous support.


April is Stress Awareness Month


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Take time to unwind…

Stress happens. Sometimes it’s unavoidable, at times it’s unbearable. That’s why taking time for yourself is invaluable. It’s healthy to relax, renew, and rejuvenate.


Stress does not merely afflict your mind; it can also affect you on a cellular level. In fact, long-term stress can lead to a wide range of illnesses—from headaches to stomach disorders to depression—and can even increase the risk of serious conditions like stroke and heart disease. Understanding the mind/stress/health connection can help you better manage stress and improve your health and well-being.


Everyone has different ways they like to relax and unwind. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Take a walk
  • Read a book
  • Go for a run
  • Have a cup of tea
  • Play a sport
  • Spend time with a friend or loved one
  • Meditate (learn how in the sidebar)
  • Do yoga



First Day of Spring

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Charming Spring

by Patricia L. Cisco

Reminiscent melodies
serenade the morning breeze.

Feathered creatures nest with care
in cherry blossoms pink and fair.

Perfumed scent of roses flow.
Tiny blades of green grass grow.

Misty showers soak the earth,
glorious colors come to birth.

Gathering clouds come and go,
rain, sun, and vibrant bow.

Dainty petals, fancy flair,
dancing in the warm, sweet air.

Violets, yellows, purest white,
graceful, gentle, welcomed sight.

Thank you, oh sweet lovely Spring,
patiently waiting the charms you bring!




The weather is changing outside. The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming and the sun is shining. Despite this pleasant change in weather, historically, many people experience mental health issues during the springtime. It is possible that part of this could be connected to seasonal pollen allergies, as they affect over 36 million people.1

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Daylight Savings

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Turn that clock back!

2 AM Time Shifts to 1 hour forward!  Don’t forget to change those clocks!

A little history on WHY we turn back time.

The idea of changing clocks forward an hour in the spring and back an hour in the fall was first suggested by Benjamin Franklin in an essay published in the Journal de Paris in 1784.

Many other countries change their clocks when adjusting to summer time, but the United States only began doing so towards the end of World War I in an attempt to conserve energy.  But it wasn’t recognized until 1918 by House of Representatives but there was a huge discord with the public who disliked the government interfering.  Again around World War II it was reinstituted but left to the states to enforce.

Congress finally made a law, Uniform Time Act of 1966 to change it to cover the US uniformly.

So you can thank Benjamin Franklin…

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National Day of Unplugging!

National Day of Unplugging

Starting on March 1st for 24 hours straight!
A 24 hour global respite from technology.
It highlights the value of disconnecting from digital devices to connect with ourselves,
our loved ones and our communities in real time.
Continue reading “UNPLUG and RELAX”

(=^◡^=) Love Your Pet Day ▼(´ᴥ`)▼


February 20th is National Love Your Pet Day!

6 Ways Pets Relieve Depression

By Therese J. Borchard 

6 Ways Pets Relieve Depression

The day I returned from inpatient therapy, my Lab-Chow mix cuddled up to me on the bed as I cried. She looked into my defeated gaze and licked my tears.

I was astounded that this creature was capable of the empathy that I so craved in my closest friends and relatives. It was like she could read the pathetic and sad thoughts that disabled me and wanted me to know I was lovable in the midst of my suffering.

She continues to be a supportive presence in my life, especially on the days that I grow weary of trying on — and throwing out — every mindful exercise and cognitive behavioral strategy… the hours where staying positive seems impossible. She gets it. I know she does.

Every week I hear tales of four-legged creatures becoming angels in times of terrifying darkness. Indeed, a substantial body of research indicates that pets improve our mental health.

How? Here are a few ways.

1. Pets offer a soothing presence.

Studies indicate that merely watching fish lowers blood pressure and muscle tension in people about to undergo oral surgery. That’s why all the aquariums in dentists’ offices! Think of the behavior Darla in Disney Pixar’s “Finding Nemo” would have exhibited without the fish tank.

Other research shows that pet owners have significantly lower blood pressure and heart rate both before and while performing stressful mental tasks — like, say, performing a family intervention or supervising kids’ homework. Finally, persons recovering from heart attacks recover more quickly and survive longer when there is a pet at home. It seems as though their mere presence is beneficial.

2. Pets offer unconditional love and acceptance.

As far as we know, pets are without opinions, critiques, and verdicts. Even if you smell like their poop, they will snuggle up next to you. In a Johns Hopkins Depression & Anxiety Bulletin, Karen Swartz, M.D. mentions a recent study where nursing home residents in St. Louis felt less lonely with some quiet time with a dog alone than a visit with both a dog and other residents.

The study enrolled 37 nursing home residents who scored high on a loneliness scale and who were interested in receiving weekly half-hour visits from dogs. Half of the residents had quiet time alone with the pooches. The other half shared the dog with other nursing home residents. Both groups said they felt less lonely after the visit, but the decrease in loneliness was much more significant among the residents that had the dogs all to themselves. In other words, at times we prefer our four-legged friends to our mouthy pals because we can divulge our innermost thoughts and not be judged.

3. Pets alter our behavior.

Here’s a typical scenario. I come through the door in the evening and I’m annoyed. At what, I don’t know. A million little snafus that happened throughout the day. I am dangerously close to taking it out on someone. However, before I can do that, my Lab-Chow walks up to me and pats me, wanting some attention. So I kneel down and pet her. She licks my face, and I smile. Voila! She altered my behavior. I am only agitated a little now and chances are much better that someone will not become a casualty of my frustrations. We calm down when we are with our dogs, cats, lizards, and pigs. We slow our breath, our speech, our minds. We don’t hit as many people or use as many four-lettered words.

4. Pets distract.

Pets are like riveting movies and books. They take us out of our heads and into another reality – one that only involves food, water, affection, and maybe an animal butt – for as long as we can allow. I’ve found distraction to be the only effective therapy when you’ve hit a point where there is no getting your head back. It’s tough to ruminate about how awful you feel and will feel forever when your dog is breathing in your face.

5. Pets promote touch.

The healing power of touch is undisputed. Research indicates a 45-minute massage can decrease levels of the stress hormone cortisol and optimize your immune system by building white blood cells. Hugging floods our bodies with oxytocin, a hormone that reduces stress, and lowers blood pressure and heart rates. And, according to a University of Virginia study, holding hands can reduce the stress-related activity in the hypothalamus region of the brain, part of our emotional center. The touch can actually stop certain regions of the brain from responding to threat clues. It’s not surprising, then, that stroking a dog or cat can lower blood pressure and heart rate and boost levels of serotonin and dopamine.

6. Pets make us responsible.

With pets come great responsibility, and responsibility — according to depression research — promotes mental health. Positive psychologists assert that we build our self-esteem by taking ownership of a task, by applying our skills to a job. When we succeed — i.e., the pet is still alive the next day — we reinforce to ourselves that we are capable of caring for another creature as well as ourselves. That’s why chores are so important in teaching adolescents self-mastery and independence.

Taking care of a pet also brings structure to our day. Sleeping until noon is no longer a possibility unless you want to spend an hour cleaning up the next day. Staying out all night needs some preparation and forethought.

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In this article by NAMI, Allison White discusses the Power of Pet Therapy.

Pet Therapy Dog Visiting Senior Male Patient

If you’re not in a position to be owned by a pet, there are many ways to still enjoy the wonders of a pet relationship. Volunteering at a local animal shelter or working with  rescue group for animals who are lacking for companionship and attention would benefit both you and the animals.

A local animal therapy program here in the Midlands is PAALS (Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Services. OR  803-788-7063 for more information




This Sunday is National Random Acts of Kindness Day

Our days are happier when we give people a piece of our heart rather than a piece of our mind Unknown



Observed on February 17th, National Random Acts of Kindness Day has grown in popularity each year.  It is celebrated by individuals, groups and organizations nationwide to encourage acts of kindness.

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not. Dr. Seuss

Ideas for Random Acts of Kindness

  • Wheel out your neighbor’s trash can or cut their grass.
  • Write positive notes to people to make them smile.
  • Plant a tree or flower for someone.
  • Adopt~ Don’t shop!
  • Compliment a parent on their child’s behavior.
  • Send an encouraging email or text.
  • Drink more water for yourself.
  • Put in extra quarters for dryers at laundromats.
  • Recycle your papers, plastics and glass.
  • Make a get well package for a coworker or friend.


So on Valentine’s day you are reminded to tell yourself and your loved ones that they are special.

On Random Acts of Kindness day, lets show lots of others they are special as well.

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Happy Valentine’s Day



Valentine’s Day is usually depicted with flowers, candy and stuffed bears for your sweetheart.  Pictures of date nights, roses and rings are all you see on television and the internet.  There is someone missing in these depictions of showing the epic love story.  Its the story of self love.

In the article written by Sahar Aker for Mental Health America.

(Her blog on is about how she is overcoming clinical depression day by day.)

It shows 10 ways to show yourself some love on Valentine’s day.

10 Ways to Show Yourself Some Love on Valentine’s Day

By Sahar Aker, Founder of I Choose Beauty

I didn’t get married until I was 42, and trust me when I say I had plenty of years before then that I was single on Valentine’s Day.

Seeing my friends and co-workers get roses and boxes of chocolate from their significant others made me question why this holiday should even exist.

But, since Valentine’s Day isn’t going anywhere, why not take advantage of the lovefest in a different way?

No partner? No problem.

Try these ideas to spread lots of love…to yourself.

1. Make yourself a care package.

Fill a pretty box or basket with a few of your favorite things to enjoy on Valentine’s Day. Mine would definitely include dark chocolate, herbal tea, and some lavender essential oil.

2. Go shopping.

Give yourself permission to splurge a little. You deserve it. Buy yourself a special little something.

3. Plan a fun night with friends.

Rally your single pals and make the holiday about hanging out together – kind of like Friendsgiving with a Valentine’s Day twist. Make dinner reservations for an evening out with your group or have a cozy night in and enjoy each other’s company.

4. Make a list of at least 3 things you love about yourself.

Whether it’s a part of your body, something about your personality, or a special talent you have—write it down and show yourself some love.

5. Spa night.

Indulge in some self-care at home with a face mask, bubble bath, and candles. It’s probably been way too long since you took some time out for yourself.

6. Get pampered.

Schedule a massage, mani/pedi, or maybe a blowout. Relax, and let someone else take care of you.

7. Be selfish.

Do something that makes you happy. Maybe that’s a yoga class, dancing to loud music, or baking. You do you.

8. Wear someting that makes you feel good.

Strut your stuff today in your favorite jeans, shoes, or adorned with that necklace that always makes you smile.

9. Take some down time.

Binge-watch Netflix, browse through your favorite magazines, or do some deep breathing. Inhale self-love, exhale self-doubt.

10. Buy your own darn chocolate and flowers, if that’s your thing.

Who says you have to wait for someone else to do it for you? Pick up some fresh flowers from the grocery store or Farmers Market and go to that chocolate shop and get yourself a few special seasonal treats.

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to just be about the love of a partner.

In my book, it’s all about love. Period.











Art, Presentations, Talks and Seminars all in one location!

February 1st – 13th at the Airport campus of Midlands Technical College

Two-week conference will explore the challenges of the mentally ill, address how to reduce stigma around mental illness, and promote the mental health of the community.
Interdisciplinary seminars and training will be offered throughout the conference to engage students, faculty, and the community.
The signature event of the conference is Fine Line: Mental Health/Mental Illness – a documentary of voices, stories, and portraits by award-winning photo-journalist Michael Nye.
Facebook event for Get Psyched

֍֍ Happy New Year! ֍֍

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Happy New Year to all Work In Progress family and friends!

2019 is a new chapter in the book of life.  Its pages are blank and ready for new adventures, growth and opportunities. 

As you begin to fill those pages, discard all the negative thoughts, habit and toxic things that bring you discouragement, disappointment and disheartenment.  

Fill these days, hours and minutes with..

Family who loves me unconditionally.

Friends who understand me and accept me as I am.

Honest work that has value.

A mind unafraid to explore.

A heart full of compassion.

A playful attitude.

Time and silence to rebuild my spirit.

Patience to outlast the trials.

Wisdom to recognize happiness and contentedness.


May your 2019 New Year be blessed with a new adventure and happiness everyday.




Wear Your Pearls TOMORROW!


December 15th is Wear Your Pearls Day! 

¤¤National Wear Your Pearls Day is a national depression and anxiety awareness campaign. ¤¤

Show us your pearl to help raise awareness! 

uscUniversity of South Carolina School of Medicine Rehabilitation Counseling Program & Vocational Rehabilitation


Demetrius Henderson at South Carolina Department of Mental Health

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Staff Members at Work In Progress



Why are the Holidays SO Stressful??


Today is THE day!! Midlands Gives!


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Today is the day, in the heart of the holiday season, a day set aside to allow each of us to be a part of making a difference in the lives of others.

So what difference can you really make?  Your financial gift can help someone who has a mental illness feel valued, accepted, proud to go to work, and be able to overcome the barriers created by having a mental illness. The desire to become employed empowers individuals to succeed in their recovery and personal goals.

Your donations assist us in Changing People’s Lives through employment. We invite all of you to join us in donating to Work In Progress. Work In Progress is a  501 c 3 Organization therefore, your donations will  serve those who need help the most.

 We appreciate your desire to help.

Click on the donate button to make a secure online donation.

Or you can mail a check to our mailing address: 

1111 Belleview St.  Suite 101 Columbia SC 29201 

803- 758-0066

We thank you for your kind and generous support.

Please share this request with others who would understand the barriers of having a mental illness and the restoration of hope achieved through employment !

Thank you for your donation!

Click to Donate



This holiday season – Shop through Amazon Smiles to create jobs through Work In Progress.


Work In Progress is a member of AmazonSmile -a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you.

Share this link: and tell your family, employees, and friends that  Amazon will give a portion of their purchase  to benefit the individuals served through Work In Progress Inc.

Thank you – we hope you have a safe and happy holiday season.

Cyber Monday & Amazon Smile


You can Change People’s Lives


Its Cyber Monday!   Shop through Amazon Smiles Program

Share this link: and tell your family, employees, and friends that  Amazon will give a portion of the Amazon purchase to benefit the individuals served through Work In Progress Inc. You can Change the Lives of People with a mental illness by providing employment supports while you do your regular and holiday shopping on  Amazon.

Work  In Progress is a member of Amazon Smile – a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you.

Thank you – we hope you have a safe and happy holiday season.


Hey! Happy Thanksgiving To YOU!!




A Big round of applause and a Thank You on this upcoming Thanksgiving!

Because of you, we have helped numerous individuals to reach their goals of employment, independence and supporting their families.

Please continue to uplift everyone in your circle and their family and friends who live with Mental Illness everyday.

Please consider donating on #GivingTuesday online!  Its safe and secure!

You can even MAIL your donations to us directly at:

1111 Belleview St. Suite 101, Columbia, SC 29201

What we use our donations for:

Bus Tickets, Personal Care Products, Gift Certificates for work clothes and shoes, Gas cards to help people get to interviews, Gift Certificates for restaurants to get lunch while on a new job and office supplies.

Please consider giving on #GivingTuesday to help us continue the mission!


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Hunger and Homelessness Awareness



Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week:

The connection between homelessness and mental illness


In light of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, we want to start a larger conversation about homelessness, its causes and how we can start to solve this growing problem. Homelessness can be caused by a number of factors including unemployment, a lack of affordable housing and mental illness. 
When people talk about homelessness, there tends to be a stigma associated with it.  While there are many different reasons for an individual to become homeless, one of the leading causes can be explained by mental illness. According to the Annual Homeless Assessment Report of 2017, an estimated 553,742 people experienced homelessness on a single night, and conservative estimates say that 25% of homeless individuals are suffering from serious mental illness.
The 2017 Census report estimates that on any given night in 2017, 3,916 individuals experienced homelessness in South Carolina. This statistic coupled with the fact that nearly 636,000 South Carolinian adults are struggling with a mental illness displays not only the need for homelessness prevention, but also more attention those suffering from a mental illness.
In order to begin to solve these growing problems, adults suffering from mental illness need support and encouragement from their communities. Helping those diagnosed with a mental illness find support and resources to grow is an essential part in preventing homelessness. We can combat the problem of homelessness in a number of ways including:
·      Housing – providing a safe and secure place to live
·      Services – health services, employment and education and other support
·      Connection – meaningful social connections to create a sense of community
·      Prevention – understanding who is at risk, and how to help
Aside from housing and health services, employment is an essential part of solving the issue of homelessness. A job provides income, social connection, a sense of purpose and much more. The ability to support oneself and feel a sense of purpose can oftentimes only be obtained through employment. A job gives you a place to go, a way to define yourself and connection to your community.
At Work In Progress, we play a role in this step of problem solving by giving individuals with a mental illness diagnosis the skills and means to obtain and retain employment. We offer job development training and coaching, interview skills, and ongoing support to individuals referred to our services.

National Wear Your Pearls Day

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11/15/2018        Wear Your Pearls Day!

This day is a day of encouragement and inspiration.

The beautiful result of nature’s design, one irritating grain of sand can cause an iridescent pearl to form.  National Wear Your Pearls Day on December 15 reminds us that when life throws dirt our way, we all have value in the end.

Best-selling author and motivational speaker, DeAnna Bookert, founded National Wear Your Pearls Day because pearls represented the story of her life and how she struggled with depression.  “I wear pearls as a reminder that I have purpose and value.”

After privately battling anxiety and depression for almost 2 years DeAnna now encourages women to get help and not struggle with depression in secret.






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