Around the House: philosophy

I attended The Mind’s Eye Film Festival this past Saturday night, and what a great turn out we had for the 17 short films produced by Fountain House members! The films were wonderful, but even better were the relationships between the producers and actors in the films. It’s clear that...
I love the Fountain House community. As I walk through our wonderful, green, open doors, I am always moved by how giving we are to one another. At Fountain House, we’re all asked to give everything we’ve got and even more. To be among people who want us in that way is an...
Fountain House has consciously built itself around the cultural construct of the workplace. Despite its appearance as a workday like culture, however, there exists an emotional tone to Fountain House that is more than an aggregate of the expectations and practices that have been honed over the...
Jessica and Gabe working in the Horticulture UnitPsychologist Albert Bandura defined self-efficacy as our belief in our ability to succeed in certain situations. People with high self-efficacy - that is, those who believe they can perform well - are more likely to view difficult tasks as...
Working side by side on the Education UnitJulius LanoilEducation and Wellness Consultant, Fountain HouseIn innumerable ways, staff and members work side by side to accomplish the programs, goals and objectives of the working community subculture – a subculture created to meet the needs of...
Kenneth J. DudekPresident, Fountain House We must create a standard review process and ethical guidelines to govern executive compensation. Once developed, these principles should be applied equally to hospital executives and directors of other non-government funded nonprofits.  Nothing...
60th-Anniversary.jpgFrancesca Pernice-Duca Assistant Professor, Wayne State University   Wendy A. Case MA Candidate, Counseling & Art Therapy, Wayne State University   Last year, a fellow colleague and clubhouse director, frustrated with changes occurring in his state about...
Magnus Karlsson, Ph.D.Vice Head, Department of Social Work, Erst Skondal University College, SwedenCuriosity. After 12 years as a researcher, I think that curiosity is what distinguishes excellent research from good research. Not all curious researchers are doing excellent research, but most often...
tending plants around Fountain HouseElliott MadisonHorticulture Unit, Fountain House "I get a sense of achievement from my gardening and most people can feel that, whether it is from growing tomatoes or bulbs." Gavin McCabe, Schizophrenic Thrive Project UK   For decades, horticulture...
stewardship.jpgKenneth DudekPresident, Fountain House Walter, a Fountain House member, taught me a great lesson about responsibility. He bemoans the members who come to Fountain House simply to access services - assistance with a job search, a school application, Social Security benefits,...

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