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??



December Dutch Dinner


Work In Progress Dutch Treat Dinner

Roasted whole turkey on festive table for Thanksgiving Day

We Had a GREAT time at Work In Progress for our

Annual December Dutch Treat Dinner at the Cracker Barrel on December 12th!

Wishing you all the Hope, Wonder, and Joy that the Season can bring!  And that the Spirit of the Holidays be with you throughout the New Year!


 @wipcolumbia ~ #wipcolumbia ~

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!

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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.