Progress House teaches life skills

By Amanda McBride

The Choctaw Plaindealer


Open House—August 30 from 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. at 80 Sturgis Road, Ackerman


Learning to live with mental health disorders affects not only the patient but also their family and the community around that person.

The Progress House, part of the Community Counseling Services programs, teaches clients to live with their disorder and to lead functioning lives.

“Mental health illness can erase what we used to know. You have to re-learn things,” said Martha Wooten, marketing with Community Counseling Services.

All clients at the Progress House, ages 18-50, have a mental health diagnosis that can range from depression to schizophrenia.

Clients of the Progress House learn a variety of things and are responsible for planning out each day.

In the morning, they have a morning meeting where they give announcements; plan the day’s activities and more.

Throughout the day, clients are doing several activities where they are learning life skills. These therapeutic activities help the mind become functional while learning to work with others.

“Clients learn how be contributing citizens to the community. Some even learn enough to live and function on their own,” said Wooten

No day is the same at the Progress House. Each day brings different activities and new lessons.

Clients also learn to look for social cues and how to interact with people in the public.

At the Progress House, they also are responsible for serving lunch, setting the tables, running the snack bar, cleaning the facility and more.

At the snack bar, clients run it and purchase items. They learn how to buy snacks, count money, use correct change and other related skills.

One of the main goals of the Progress House is for the clients to be in charge of their daily activities with assistance of the staff.

To learn more about the Progress House, see their facilities and meet new friends attend their Open House on August 30 from 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. at 80 Sturgis Road, Ackerman.

For more information please call 662-285-3678.