Charity for Nov. 5-11: Independence Center

Charity for Nov. 5-11: Independence Center

Independence Center is a community-based rehabilitation program for adults with severe and persistent mental illnesses in the St. Louis area, built on the Clubhouse model of psychosocial rehabilitation.


Independence Center is committed to providing a comprehensive system of high-quality programs and services that assist adults in the St. Louis metropolitan area with serious and persistent mental illnesses to live and work in the community, independently and with dignity.

To accomplish its mission, the Center promotes rehabilitation and employment, provides educational, social and housing opportunities and offers training in its approach to community-based care.

In collaboration with Barnes-Jewish Hospital and the BJC HealthCare system, the Center also provides clinical and case management services.


To be the national leader in psycho-social rehabilitation setting the standard of recovery through a Clubhouse model that is supported by the highest quality outcomes in comprehensive holistic medicine, employment, and housing.


Inspiring through Community, Dignity, and Purpose.


Independence Center was founded by friends and family of adults with severe mental illness. They recognized a great need for community-based programming, a need that was not being met. They tenaciously sought funding and support, and vigorously worked towards creating that which was not then available – efforts that have resulted in countless lives being changed through the Center since 1981.

With the changes and current trends in legislation and funding, advocacy for ourselves and on behalf of our loved ones with mental illness is more important than ever. We must all be willing to aggressively inform legislators and other decision-makers that, with proper psychiatric care, people with mental illness can recover to live self-fulfilling and productive lives.

To find the names and contact information of your legislators, click the link below. After entering your nine-digit (zip+4) zip code, click the “Lookup Legislators” bar. The names of all your elected officials will be listed and you can access each one’s contact information.