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To The Editor:

Step-By-Step Inc. is a nonprofit organization responsible for providing alternate service options for people with mental illness. Our primary purpose is to assist people with enhancing their ability to live independently in the community through gaining employment, obtaining safe housing, utilizing community supports, and establishing meaningful relationships. Our task will become even greater with the closure of the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center as there will be more people in the community who will need our support. It is difficult to determine the extent of the impact of closing the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center. However, we all know that our entire community in some way will suffer.

Therefore, it is important that our entire community develop proactive measures that will prepare us with the supports needed to help our most vulnerable neighbors, friends, and families. Step-By-Step, Inc. is exploring developing new therapeutic programs such as opening up a greenhouse where patients can learn vocational skills, develop self-worth, achieve paid employment, and enhance their overall quality of life. We ask for your participation and assistance in helping us achieve this endeavor by providing a monetary donation or whatever assistance you can offer. Through a collaborative effort, I know that we as a community of caring people, can work together to provide the resources, services, and supports needed for our most vulnerable neighbors, friends, and families. Thank you for your anticipated support and we look forward to you being a part of our effort to improve people’s lives.

David Bayne

Executive Director

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