Around the House: working community

By Andrea Roy
George Handran and Andrea Roy serving on the scholarship committeeOne of my favorite parts of working at Fountain House is serving on the academic scholarship committee. Three times a years, for two days at a time, I am privileged to hear first-hand accounts of the amazing things that members...
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...
Community is an essential word in the vocabulary of any group of people that is engaged in the recovery of people living with mental illness. At Fountain House we call it a working community. My task here is to define the word community, indicate how the word aptly describes the daily currency...
From the forthcoming book Fountain House: Creating Community in Mental Health Practice by Alan Doyle, Julius Lanoil, and Kenneth Dudek. Columbia University Press, November 2013.  A working community assumes a place.A working community assumes place. Location and space are the necessary...
On Sunday, September 29, 60 Minutes aired a segment entitled “Untreated Mental Illness an Imminent Danger?” reported by Steve Kroft. The connection between mental illness and violence is a complex and fraught issue, not easily covered in 13 ½ minutes of primetime television, but...
Members and staff work together to gather wood for the winter at High Point Farm.I recently spent some time at High Point Farm, Fountain House’s beautiful 477-acre farm in Montague, NJ. When winter is in all its glory, life at the farm slows down a little, but there’s still a...
Fountain House interns Eva and MariaWhen we first started our internship at Fountain House, it was all brand new to us. Looking back at it now, we can see how much we have learned during our time here and how much our understanding of both the clubhouse model and Fountain House has changed and...
Our hearts are saddened and our condolences go out to the families and the community of Newtown, CT.Faced with a tragedy like last Friday’s shooting – a case of violence too horrific and seemingly random for us to absorb - our first instinct is to make the perpetrator the Other –...
Segun and Bevin work together to publish the weekly Fountain House newspaper, sent to friends and donors around the world. The Fountain House program of treatment for people with serious mental illness has been helping people and influencing program development for over 60 years. The community...
From mid-April through early August 2012, anyone who walked by the Employment Unit at 5:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month could see that the five Fountain House members seated around the rectangular conference table were hard at work.  They were the first participants...

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