Before Fountain House, I was in a dark place. I had dropped out of my second college without even completing a semester. I had no support and no one to talk to. I had no one to help me find my direction or guide me. I thought I would be in the same place for the rest of my life.
When I first heard about Fountain House, I thought it was just another “program”. But from the moment I stepped through their doors, I could tell this place was special. People like myself with serious mental illness were working side-by-side with staff and entrusted with responsibility and leadership. From that moment onwards, my outlook was completely changed.
Fountain House helped me realize community was the missing piece in my recovery. I had never felt like I fit in anywhere or had a place to belong. I never felt that people really cared or understood. But at Fountain House I found stability, confidence in myself, and trust in others.
Today, I’m back in school and enrolled in a double major in journalism and philosophy. Earlier this year, I finally completed my first semester of college, and I even made the Dean’s list!