How to mentally deal with ‘dark winter’ months during a pandemic

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  From anxiety around new Covid shutdowns to the grief we feel from needing to reimagine holiday plans, everyone is struggling right now. Fox 2 recently interviewed Provident therapist and crisis line manager Jessica Vance about how to manage emotions as we head into what experts are calling Dark Winter. Here are some tips she shared: Plan Ahead Holiday traditions – … Read More

Access Center Reopens, Forms New Partnership

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Provident’s Access Center has once again started serving clients at the downtown office through same-day appointments on a sliding scale fee. They’ve also created a new partnership with SSM DePaul’s Urgent Care that connects with people who need behavioral health services. “We are doing all appointments virtually, but clients can also come to our office and use wifi-enabled equipment to … Read More

Trivia Night A Success

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Provident’s Feature Films Trivia Night brought double the revenue from last year! Twenty two teams from at least 11 different states joined in remotely, with Animal House taking first place and Socially Distant Relatives taking second. “We raised over $15,000 this year, all of which will go toward serving clients through Provident’s counseling, crisis services, psychiatric, and Afterschool programming as … Read More

Unexpected Benefits of Telehealth

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Retaining excellent employees is something Provident works hard to achieve. When Marge Schicker, who’s been on our clinical staff for 18 years, said she was moving to Indiana, the team got creative. “Offering telehealth services became a necessity this year in response to COVID. It’s also allowed us to keep excellent clinicians who’s life circumstances have shifted,” said Director of … Read More

Staff Profile: Matthew Maniaci

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Matthew Maniaci is Provident’s Senior Grants Manager. He lives with his wife, Emily, and their cats, Jello, Bilbo, Katsu, and Toner. What is your favorite thing about your job? I’m responsible for writing and submitting grant applications to a variety of funders. Those grants can be anything from a few thousand dollars to multiple millions over several years, and they help … Read More

Provident Goes Viral with Video

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Need a pick-me-up? Provident recently produced this feel-good video for social media that has brought a smile to thousands of faces since it went live. “This video is intended to remind our friends that no matter what’s happening in the world, there are still so many things to be thankful for,” said Director of Advancement Julie McDowell. Special thanks to … Read More

If you’re lucky, you’ll get old.

Mary Ryder Home, News, Views

You’ll hopefully reach ages when you have a clear perspective on your self-worth, you’ll learn not to sweat the small stuff, you’ll have time to appreciate how life has unfolded.   Yes, age can be a blessing. But new phases of life always take some time to settle into. They raise big questions. And, if you’ve had behavioral health challenges … Read More

Staying Happy and Healthy at Mary Ryder Home

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Social isolation is a major challenge for seniors, and especially so during this time of extreme caution in response to the pandemic. Provident salutes the team at Mary Ryder Home, who have gone above and beyond to develop programming that keep the ladies healthy both mentally and physically. “For the first time in MRH history, we’ve had to purchase sunscreen … Read More

YP Yoga Event Raises Awareness, Funds

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Provident’s YP Board recently held their Mind, Body and Spirits yoga event to promote positive messages about caring for yourself physically as well as mentally. Forty five people participated in the class led by certified instructor Oanh Wieland. Together, they raised $1,100. Said Provident Development Manager Maggie Bauer: “Our YP board is extremely passionate about our mission and has been creative … Read More

PCS Team Answers the Call in Q1

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Provident’s Crisis Services Team answered 15,850 calls between January and April 2020, with an average wait time of 29 seconds. Of total callers, 89% reported feeling better after the call and 88% of those deemed high risk scheduled life-saving follow up services. “We became a backup call center for the National Lifeline earlier this year. Those callers combined with the … Read More