Fountain House hosted a benefit screening of Kings Park on June 20th at the SVA Theatre in NYC.
The Fountain House Council on Training, Education and Advocacy hosted a benefit screening of Kings Park, a documentary by noted filmmakers Lucy Winer and Karen Eaton on June 20th at the SVA Theatre in NYC.
Members, staff, board members and friends joined together for the annual Summer in the Garden event, hosted by Fountain House President, Kenneth J. Dudek and Board Chair, Lorna Hyde Graev.
Members, staff, board members and friends joined together for the annual Summer in the Garden event, hosted by Fountain House President, Kenneth J. Dudek and Board Chair, Lorna Hyde Graev. Guests enjoyed an assortment of delicious hors d’oeuvres in the beautiful Stuart W. Hinrichs Garden. Tours were given by Fountain House members.
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 in the Employment Unit’s pilot course, “Interview Preparedness,” self-selected by their willingness to attend the series of hands-on workshops regularly and to do the homework too.
Led by Fountain House Human Resources Director, Jennifer Rivera, and facilitated by Employment Unit Leader, Nancy Young, the pilot’s curriculum covered a lot of ground. Starting with writing a cover letter and preparing a resume, the comprehensive program focused on interviewing skills and concluded with how to follow up after an interview. Other sessions included interview etiquette and attire, networking, and honing an “elevator pitch” to use when you only have 30 seconds with a potential employer to summarize what you bring to the table. Informative handouts tailored to each session were a valuable takeaway, enabling the participants to reinforce at home what they learned in the workshops.
Several sessions were dedicated to mock interviews; each participant had two during the pilot program. Most were led by Jennifer, but one interview workshop session was led by a surprise guest, Ernst & Young HR Manager, Jean Clark. (Thanks, Jean!) The mock interviews were based on advertised job descriptions that members had identified at the first workshop: real opportunities for which they were already qualified, or would be with additional training. Job goals were fine-tuned, as participants gained insights about their interests and skills and the work environments that would best play to their strengths. All the workshops were videotaped by Fountain House for training purposes.
As a new volunteer to Fountain House this year, my interest in assisting the Employment Unit happily coincided with the launch of the Interview Preparedness pilot program. As the “semester” progressed, I was privileged to witness the participants thrive as they gained confidence, smiled more, and took steps toward their personal goals.
Graduation day was August 7. Participants received a personalized certificate of completion, talked about what they had learned during the pilot, and offered suggestions for possible future topics related to employment. Darvin reported that he had just been called back for a second interview; Nora expressed thanks for awareness she gained during the mock interview process; and Jasmine shared that she has recently spent time assisting others coming to the Employment Unit. Maisoun reflected the sentiments of the group when she accepted her certificate: “Now I have hope.” Keisha, who had attended most of the workshops, couldn’t be there for that last session -- she had already gotten the full-time employment she prepared for.
Members, staff, board members and friends joined together for the annual Fountain House Holiday Open House, hosted by Fountain House President, Kenneth J. Dudek.
Members, staff, board members and friends joined together for the annual Fountain House Holiday Open House, hosted by Fountain House President, Kenneth J. Dudek. Guests were greeted by carolers as they entered the clubhouse and enjoyed hot chocolate and apple cider as they took the elevator to the newly renovated Wellness Unit on the 5th and 6th Floors. They shopped for their holiday gifts at the High Point Alpaca Trading Co. store including items from Fountain Gallery.
More than 500 guests converged at The Prince George Ballroom for Fountain Gallery’s 10th Annual Celebration of Life Benefit.
More than 500 guests converged at The Prince George Ballroom for Fountain Gallery’s 10th Annual Celebration of Life Benefit. The Ballroom, situated in a landmark building in Manhattan’s Madison Square North Historic District and replete with neo-Renaissance architectural details, provided a splendid showcase for the 100 works displayed for sale by the artists of Fountain Gallery, the premier venue in New York City representing artists with mental illness.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Sasha Nicholas Steven Caputo
BENEFIT COMMITTEE CO-CHAIRS
Earle Altman Peter L. DiCapua Matt Duthie Carmel W. Fromson Dario Gristina Carl T. Hagberg John McGinley Jerry Schumm Andrew Stenzler
Rich Hiler Marcia Mann JuneAnn Patrick Mary Pontillo Melissa Shafton Gabriel Stefania
Alexander Acquavella Sal Amato Maggie Calamari Judy Cormier Kevin DePicotto Lydia Detres Ines Elskop and Christopher Scholz Andrew Hurewitz Dino Mangione Sasha Nicholas and Steven Caputo Joseph Primiano Dawn Reinholtz Antinea ivera Thomas Rutter Bonnie and Jay Stockwell Joe Szabo Lynn Epsteen Tesher and Martin Tesher, MD Anthony Valencia
The Associates Committee of Fountain House hosted their fourth annual Fall Fête on Thursday, November 3, 2011.
The Associates Committee of Fountain House hosted their fourth annual Fall Fête on Thursday, November 3, 2011. This gala event serves to introduce a new audience of young professionals to Fountain House’s comprehensive mental health model and its mission to fight the stigma associated with mental illness. The program featured Fountain House’s successful Supported Education Program and highlighted its newest component: the Associates Scholarship Award Fund.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Kate and Chris Allen Byrdie Bell Sarah and Jeremy Goldstein Kathleen and Reha Kicatas Jennifer and Erik Oken Lil Phillips Madeleine Potvin Elizabeth Pyne Katie Tozer Kiliaen Van Rensselaer Katie Zorn
Anne and George Baker Elizabeth and Matthew Borsch Lindsay and Michael Bracken Mark Bryant Nicole and Keith Cunningham Phoebe and Spencer DePree Brooke and Thorne Porkin Daisy Prince and Hugh Chisolm Frances Schultz Timothy Wheaton
The Changing Mind: Youth and Neuroplasticity. The 9th annual Fountain House Symposium and Luncheon took place at The Pierre in New York City on April 30, 2012 and raised over one million dollars.
The 9th annual Fountain House Symposium and Luncheon took place at The Pierre in New York City on April 30, 2012 and raised over one million dollars.
Monday, April 30, 2012
Mark Vonnegut, MD Pediatrician and Instructor of pediatrics at Harvard Mdical School
Joseph T. Coyle, MD Brian M. D'onofrio, PHD Elyn R. Saks
Congressman Earl Blumenauer Glenn Close Hon. Patrick J. Kennedy Hon. Jim Ramstad Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers Hon. Gordon Smith Congressman John A. Sullivan
Kim S. Fennebresque Dahlman Rose & Co.
Allen and Frances Beatty Adler Ann Barish William C. Bartholomay Peggy and Jeff Bewkes Mr. and Mrs. William McC. Blair, Jr. Lisa and Dick Cashin Jackie and Barry Gosin Jane C. Gould and Stephen Fillo Jane Hartley and Ralph Schlosstein Mr. and Mr.s Franklin W. Hobbs Isabel and Jerry Jasinowski Ginny and David Knott Stephanie Kreiger Margo M. Langenberg Ambassador and Mrs. John L. Loeb, Jr. Ginny and Pete Nicholas Peggy and Marne Obernauer, Jr. Laura and Richard Parsons Elena and Michael Patterson Mary Quick Pedersen Nancy Peretsman and Robert Scully Ted and Vada Stanley Kari and Carl Tiedemann Laurie M. Tisch Cynthia and John C. Whitehead
So much is still unknown about James Holmes, the accused shooter in Colorado, but inevitably the question of his mental health arises. As most people know by now, he was being seen by a psychiatrist who, in fact, did report a problem to the campus police. Soon after, he dropped out of school, so campus police didn’t pursue it.
The facts of this case will evolve over time, but what will we recommend for the next time?
My friend E. Fuller Torre says we should improve the community commitment laws, and I’m sure my friends at the Bazelon Center would say we need to protect the rights of the individual. I’m really not sure who is right, but on the ground, in practical everyday interactions, what can be done? Since this man was seeing a psychiatrist, he was already getting more services than many people in similar situations on many campuses.
Why didn’t someone take more action? The problem is not just a medical issue but a cultural one – tremendous stigma still follows serious mental health conditions. While reporting a person may prevent a violent act, it also brands that person with the scarlet letter of mental illness. Once you bear this brand, it affects your whole life: your friends, your family, your job, your school.
Someone from the university should have been able to ensure that Holmes received continuous, aggressive help. But they didn’t. And he didn’t. I don’t blame the school; I say that we are all responsible, because we perpetuate the problem. We have stigmatized these illnesses in such a way that it is impossible for caring, responsible people to do what needs to be done. And until we figure out how to eradicate this stigma, inadequate care – and the host of problems it causes - will continue.
Joan Allen, Lauren Ambrose, David Aaron Baker, and Dan Futterman took part in a reading of Daughter of the Queen of Sheba at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College on Monday, October 17.
Monday, October 17, 2011
Dr. Patricia Yarberry Allen Father Richard Baker, St. Malachy's - The Actor's Chapel Daniel Barnz Lee Bryant Susan Cartsonis John P. Casaly Ashley Corbiere Karen Croner Wayne Diana Kevin Dolan Ines Elskop Nancy Farrell Judy Finneran Brandon Fradd, MD Jennifer Garvey-Blackwell Mary Pat Gleason Mary Moss Greenbaum Lance Harison Rabbi Jill Hausman, The Actor's Temple Alexandra A. Herzan Gail Hochman Irish ARts Center Evelyn Lorentzen-Bell Jacki Lyden Anne Mai Tori Masters Rabbi J. ROlando Matalon, Congregation B'nai Jeshrun Douglas A. McIntyre Jilianne Michelle Marcia and Howard Owens, MD Vivian Palazzolo Izhar Patkin Jennnifer A. Raab, President, Hunter College Sylvie Rabineau Frank and Lucy Rosengarten Arlene and Chester Salomon Pastor Paul Schmiege Joshua Wolf Shenk Lynn Tesher T.P.U Local One, I.A.T.S.E. Patricia Towers Madeleine L. Tramm, PhD Bard and Mark Vonnegut Nancy Walther