People with mental health disabilities in Clearfield County may soon have a new place to gather. The Clearfield-Jefferson Drop-In Center Task Force is pushing forward with plans to open a drop-in center in DuBois. A drop-in center is a safe and sober place for people with mental illness to gather for support and fun. Right now there isnt anything like that in the DuBois area, but with a little help from the community this one could open in just a few months. The program director Deb Thompson says its a place for support for people with mental health disabilities. As a mother of four Thompson says she battled with her own mental illness for years. She vowed once she got her life in order she would devote her time to helping others and says this program is it. They keep people with mental illnesses off the streets by providing a place to socialize, hang out and stay clean. The program is funded through grants but they rely mostly on donations. Thats why a local doctor donated the space for the DuBois chapter. Dr. Jeffery Rice says hes happy to provide the members with a safe environment. Thompson says the office in DuBois is expected to open in July of 2009, but with a little help from the community it could open in just a few months. For more information on the DuBois Drop-In Center, to volunteer, or to donate, call Deb Thompson at 814-375-1039.
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