In the US, only 15% of people living with mental illness are employed. Fountain House members’ employment rate is double that of non-members. Our nationally recognized supported Employment Program helps members, whatever their previous work experience, strengthen job readiness skills, acquire long-term employment, regain confidence and motivation needed to succeed, and achieve greater economic independence. Helping members find and keep jobs within the larger community has been a primary goal of Fountain House since our founding.
Through our Employment Resource Center, Fountain House members can pursue two distinct job tracts: Transitional Employment (TE) or Supported Employment (SE). Through TE, members obtain part-time temporary positions for a period of six months. Through SE, members obtain on-going, part-time or full-time positions at corporations throughout New York City. Many Fountain House members have also obtained independent employment on their own or with the assistance of our Job Developers.
Fountain House has established longstanding partnerships with a network of major corporations, including Dow Jones, Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc., Cravath Swain & Moore, LLP, and many more. A unique attribute of the supported employment program is its absentee coverage policy. If a member is unable to work on a given day, a Fountain House staff worker fills in, providing vital stability and support.
Members and employers alike reap numerous benefits from working with Fountain House. For our members, the rewards are obvious. Fountain House helps members find financial stability, productivity, fulfillment of aspiration, and a place in society. Our corporate partners stand to gain enthusiastic and well-trained employees, reduced costs in benefits, recruitment and training, and the social investment in our members rejoining society through paid work.