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The Listening Place
Dexter, Missouri


Mission:
The Listening Place is a community-based support system
that provides individuals and groups with a variety of
emotional and educational resources.  Trained lay
facilitators work with individuals by listening
and caring, nonjudgmental concern.

Objectives:
Facilitators will lead education and support groups in a
variety of areas which may include:
parenting,
stress management,
marriage enrichment,
co-dependency,
chronic illness,
dealing with grief,
& personal growth.

Goals:
To increase the awareness of the mission, objectives,
and goals of The Listening Place.

To find others who would be interested in partnering with
us by participating in training and giving of themselves.

To provide opportunity for individuals, groups, and
organizations to give financial support to cover the
cost of materials and operational expenses.

(The Listening Place is a registered non-profit organization.
All services are provided by
volunteer staff with no charge to participants.)

The Listening Place Offers:

 --Adult individual appointments to give
opportunities todiscuss personal concerns
with a trained facilitator.

  --A series of seminars offered periodically
on timely and pertinent issues such as:
Caring for the Elderly,
Dealing with Chronic Illness,
Building Happy Relationships with Your Children,
Friendships of Women,
Holiday Stress

 --Systematic Training for
Effecting Parenting (S.T.E.P.)

--Mentoring / Tutoring
The Listening Place is seeking retired teachers who
would be willing to volunteer time to work with
students in need of academic assistance whose parents
might be financially unable to provide this service for
their children.

--Future Plans
Personal Growth and Support Groups will be developed
based on ongoing needs assessments.

The Listening Place began as a support ministry in
1991 in a local church. Facilitators received continual
training and supervision by a licensed
professional counselor

In conjunction with their training facilitators worked with
individuals and small groups.

During the past eight years the group saw the need for
this service increase, and in 1999 the process of
moving beyond the walls of the church into the
community began.

Some of the needs that have become evident
through the years:
*How to cope with a fast-paced world.

*Need for increased commitment to the family.

*Parents working hand in hand with schools and
churches to provide support and encouragement
to their children.

*A listening environment that will enable adults to make
emotionally healthy decisions and quality life
choices for themselves and to teach their
children how to do the same.

To
Hear
Everyone

Listening
Instills
Strength
To
Encourage
New
Insights &
New
Growth

Partners
Learning
Accepting
Caring
Encouraging