by Noelle Hanrahan
Rodney became a member of Fountain House in 2014 and has been part of the Communications Unit ever since. Rodney joined Fountain House after being informed by his treatment team that it would be a good place for him to develop tools for navigating his life and motivate him in moving forward.
“Fountain House gave me a chance to identify with who I was and has lifted me up from depression and stress. The more I came in the more I started to see progress and opportunity” says Rodney. He liked when he was engaged in small tasks in the unit, which helped him think of bigger goals for himself like returning to work.
Rodney began his employment journey at Publicis/Rockdove as an Indoor Messenger. The initial experience of working made him excited and gave him a feeling of responsibility and importance. After doing such a great job, he was offered a Transitional Employment (TE) placement as an Indoor Messenger five days per week. Rodney became apprehensive thinking, “Would I be able to get up every day and be on time? Would I have money to travel to and from work? Would I be consistent?”
Rodney thought about it and decided to give it a try. What happened next is history; he loved working and actually looked forward to it. As his confidence grew, other good things started to happen in his life. After twelve years seeking independent housing, Rodney was able to move into a studio apartment and live life on his terms.
When Rodney completed his TE at Publicis/Rockdove he was so eager to continue working he immediately went to the Employment Resource Center and jumped on the next opportunity; as a delivery person for Jack Rabbit.
Rodney’s main goal for the future is to obtain ongoing employment and Fountain House is helping him reach that goal.
Rodney’s advice to new members is that “Fountain House is the place to be because every person has meaning and a journey and the first step is to ask for and accept help. It’s a place where support and help are available and the more that you can attend Fountain House, the more you will get out of it, as you work towards the goals you want to achieve.”