Wellness & Life Skills

Recognizing that many of those we serve face a combination of severe challenges, The People Concern’s model of integrated and comprehensive care empowers our participants to navigate the multi-faceted obstacles in their lives, become their best selves, and ultimately, connect with and contribute to their communities. The People Concern employs a holistic approach to health and wellbeing. Understanding that physical health and mental health are interconnected, an integrated multi-disciplinary approach is used in all facets of our programming to help promote wellbeing in our program participants.

The Wellness Program, available to all The People Concern program participants, offers onsite educational, mental health, medical, and skills-based workshops designed to assist program participants to develop a range of life skills. The program offers a variety of groups, classes, and workshops provided by The People Concern staff, clinicians, interns, volunteers, and peers. Program participants have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of groups and classes, including Coping Skills, Anger Management, Harm Reduction, Music, Poetry Writing, Art, Yoga, and Healthy Living, among other skill-based workshops. The People Concern is also home to the Skid Row community art program Studio 526.

One of the overall goals of program participants’ participation is to improve their ability to monitor health and chronic conditions. Program participants benefit from evidence-based interventions and treatments for several chronic health conditions including diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. Wellness Groups also provide education in Nutrition, Exercise, and Tobacco Cessation.

The program, available at all The People Concern sites, encourages program participants to build the necessary life skills to help them achieve a sense of self-determination and enable them to successfully retain permanent housing. The People Concern’s life skills initiatives offer program participants the opportunity to sustain their stability and well-being long after they’ve completed The People Concern’s programs. Life skills initiatives include Money Management, Computer classes, Good Neighbor classes, Grocery Shopping on a Budget, and Cooking classes.

We eagerly welcome volunteers from the community to teach workshops at our interim housing facilities. For more information or to apply to teach a class, please click here.