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.

#WIPColumbia    http://www.workinprogresscolumbia.com





Burger Tavern 77 & Work In Progress Unite!

It’s happening today! Head on down to your local
Burger Tavern 77 (2631 Devine Street) at 11:00am to support Work In Progress!

The restaurant is donating 15% of your meal/drink!
Don’t forget to tell the staff that you’re with Work In Progress!

If you are sharing photos/videos (by all means you should),
make sure to use #groupraise and tag Burger Tavern 77 and #WIPColumbia

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3rd Annual Breaking Barriers Employment and Resource Fair 2018


Tuesday October 23, 2018 at 9am until 12pm at Richland Library Main, 1431 Assembly Street Columbia SC

We enjoyed our time participating in Breaking Barriers Employment and Resource Fair.
We truly hope that the residents of the midlands who are unemployed, under-employed, homeless, those with criminal back grounds, hard to serve veterans, and young adults found the opportunities, career training, and resources for economic advancement.




UofSC Mental Health Carnival


It was a great day for meeting and greeting the students and staff at the University of South Carolina Mental Health Carnival.

Many came out and visited the vendors and much information was passed along regarding all the wonderful resources from not only USC but other awareness agencies such as Work In Progress!