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New Wellness Program at St. Vincent de Paul

Jun 30, 2011 08:14AM

St. Vincent de Paul Village, a partner of Father Joe’s Villages, has added a Health and Wellness program to the many services they provide to people in need within the community. The new initiative includes yoga, Tai chi and holistic health classes for the homeless. It was created by Nicholas Coniaris, who is in charge of the work placement program at the Village, after he experienced the benefits of yoga and decided to become certified as a yoga instructor.

“At St. Vincent de Paul Village, our job is rebuilding lives damaged by the experiences of homelessness, addiction, mental illness and abuse,” says Coniaris. “With onsite education, employment, mental health, addiction and parenting programs, we work with the whole person to bring about deep and lasting transformation. Our new Health and Wellness program seeks to provide a wide array of positive, life-affirming classes and activities to our residents. We intend to replace the limitations of homelessness with the pride and energy that comes from treating yourself well.”

Coniaris is currently seeking volunteers to co-lead activities or classes once a week. He explains, “By volunteering, you can spread the health to the most vulnerable members of our community. We will help you plan, organize and implement your activity, along with other co-leaders and volunteers. From there, the possibilities, like the rewards, are endless.”

For more information or to volunteer or donate equipment or funds, call 619-520-0179 or email [email protected].

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