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By BlogTeam on 3/24/2016 12:54 PM
Thanks to all our supporters who gave during Give STL Day!  We appreciate each and every gift as it helps us reach more people in need in the community.  This year more than 900 nonprofits in the St. Louis region participated in Give STL Day, each with an important cause.

We're very grateful for the generosity of the St. Louis community, particularly in light of the technical difficulties that occurred with the Give STL website, here and across the country.  Once donor amounts have been calculated, we will post our total amount raised.  THANK YOU AGAIN for

By BlogTeam on 2/29/2016 9:28 AM
Our Spirit of Provident Annual Gala finally happened after many months of planning and work.  Many thanks to our planning committee and in particular, two of our very dedicated Board members—Barb Abbett and Denise Bentele, along with our Executive Director, Steve Sullivan, Sherry Gerke, Julie McDowell and Maggie Bauer. Also key was our team of volunteers that night. 

The positive energy was palpable!  Loved the ambiance at the Four Seasons and the program was substantive with colorful content and skill from our MC, Dan Gray, and our ED, Steve Sullivan along with our new Board Chair, Larry Thomas.  Risa Zwerling and Mark Wrighton were the inaugural recipients of our Spirit of Provident award for their dedication to improving the quality of life in our region.  And, Charlie Box received the Jackie Kaiser Volunteer Award for his 21 years of service to the crisis hotline.

Hearing Kevin Hines' story in person was truly amazing.  He is awe-inspiring, sharing his mental health journey, a champion for survival and recovery!

For a visual glimpse of this remarkable evening, click this link

Also, a huge THANKS to our sponsors and contributors:
Diamond Level - Ameren; Gold Level - Ascension; Stephen and Kimmie Brauer; David and Lelia Farr
Edward Jones; Craig and Nancy Schnuck; and Risa Zwerling and Mark Wrighton; Silver Level -

By BlogTeam on 8/7/2015 1:26 PM
Provident's Board of Directors has created the Spirit of Provident Award, granted to members of the greater community whose achievement and dedication truly advance quality of life in St. Louis. The inaugural honorees will be Risa Zwerling and Mark Wrighton, Chancellor of Washington University, acknowledging their many years of working individually and collaboratively to strengthen the St. Louis community.

By BlogTeam on 2/26/2015 8:25 AM
Click here to take our Online Client Satisfaction Survey.  Thank you so much for your time and input!
By BlogTeam on 1/2/2015 2:42 PM

Provident was just awarded $26,250 from the United Way to offer behavioral health assessments and outpatient counseling for individuals ages 20 years and older impacted by the civil unrest in Ferguson.  Check out our flyer.
By BlogTeam on 12/19/2014 2:52 PM
Provident wishes you and your family a warm and wonderful holiday season!  Our hope is for understanding, peace and healing throughout the world.

Our offices will be closed from Wednesday, December 24th through Thursday, January 1st. 
By BlogTeam on 12/8/2014 12:03 PM
Our Annual Dinner was held on November 19th at Windows on Washington with almost 250 guests in attendance. Attendees were enlightened about the powerful impact of our programs on clients’ lives.

We are extremely grateful to Edward Jones for their generous Gold Level sponsorship.  Edward Jones has been a long-term supporter of Provident and we are most appreciative.  We are also very grateful to BKD Wealth Advisors for their Bronze Level sponsorship.  (Pictured in photo: James Buford, Honorary Chair and former President of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis)
By BlogTeam on 11/26/2014 2:39 PM
Big THANKS to Provident volunteers Charlie Box, John Walsh, Randi Senciboy, and Provident staff Linda Fehrmann, Donna Sanders, Lakesha Robinson, and Nancy Mesey for manning KSDK's crisis line last night, assisting callers who are anxious about the situation in Ferguson.  They handled over 158 calls in just three hours.

By BlogTeam on 10/23/2014 11:33 AM
On Sunday, October 18th, a compelling story was printed about FeelingKindaBlue, a social media site created by Sally Barker, a St. Louis attorney and mother who lost her son, Alex, to suicide in 2007.  For those who are depressed  or feeling isolated, FeelingKindaBlue offers a way to remove the barriers and the opportunity to connect with others who are feeling the same way. Post, blog, chat and connect with others for support.
By BlogTeam on 9/29/2014 10:41 AM

The tragic violence we see in the media is only the end result of an insidious pattern of manipulation and control.  Generally, men who abuse their significant others do not begin with an overt violent physical attack. It is the culmination of covert tactics to isolate and control their victim through intimidation. There are behaviors to be aware of to determine if you are in a potentially violent relationship.


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