Around the House: personal experience

By Maria Bronkema
Maria B., blog author and proud Columbia University Teachers College graduateOn June 27th we celebrated graduates with speeches, music, and food on our beautiful, flowery horticulture patio. This year, Fountain House’s graduation party was special because we boasted a large number of people who...
By Melissa Hollander
Melissa accepts her scholarship award.Last November, I took a look at the scholarships section on the John Jay College website and immediately noticed an opportunity that I would be eligible for. The MBJ Scholarship for Students with Disabilities was available to a matriculated student with at...
By Eugene Boria
Eugene BoriaWhen I was thirty-five, I saw a new doctor for a routine checkup.  He asked a series of questions that eventually wound their way towards my mood, and the next thing I knew I was referred to a psychiatrist who asked me even more questions about my mood. Then she handed me a crisp...
Elyn Saks (center), her husband Will (right of Elyn), Cyrus the author (left of Elyn) and other attendees from the FH communityAuthentic. Real. Down-to-earth. These were my immediate impressions of Professor Elyn Saks and of her husband, Will. Elyn was invited to Fountain House to present an award...
Author and Fountain House member Will JiangI am happy to present three of my most important writings on mental health to date. My name is Will Jiang, and before coming to Fountain House I worked for a year as an adjunct lecturer at Kingsborough Community College, and then I served for seven years...
Megan HunterI’ve been at Fountain House for three years now: first in the Culinary Unit, then in the Wellness Center, and presently as a Walther Executive Fellow. I continue to enjoy my time at Fountain House and I feel so lucky to be a part of an organization that approaches mental health in...
What do we do about Olivia? Olivia is a 50-year old African-American woman who has schizophrenia, a Fountain House member who is currently homeless. She also has an assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) order which legally mandates her to take her medication and go to treatment. And yet, two days ago...
Bevin, Melissa, and Betty at the MA Clubhouse Coalition Conference.Melissa's PerspectiveA few weeks ago, I had just walked into the education unit after taking a final. I was tired and just wanted to eat my lunch when Susan walked over and asked if I could help out with something. I replied,...
Dr. Robert Hilt, Victoria Costello, Dr. David Reiss, Program Chair Andrea Roy, and Emcee Consuelo MackOn Monday, April 29, 2013, Fountain House hosted its 10th Annual Symposium and Luncheon at The Pierre in New York City. This year’s theme was Mental Illness and the Family: ...
Jerry Dincin (1930 - 2013) worked at Fountain House from 1958 to 1964. He was the first person charged with replicating the Fountain House model, developing two programs in New Jersey before moving to Chicago to become the Executive Director of Thresholds. The Fountain House communitiy offers...

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