Around the House

By Ashley Womble
Thanks to businesses who recognize that people with mental illness can be excellent employees, 70% of members involved in the Employment Resource Center programs are employed.
If you live with a mental health condition, or you know and love someone who does, you understand that words matter. When you define a person by their diagnosis, that person goes from being a brother, a writer, a sister, or a painter to being merely “the mentally ill.”
By Kenneth J. Dudek
My favorite Robin Williams movie is The Fisher King. In it, he plays Parry, a homeless man shattered by tragedy, living in his own world. One especially beautiful scene depicts Parry crossing through Grand Central Terminal following a woman he has a crush on, when suddenly all the commuters rushing by become couples waltzing around the majestic grand concourse. It’s a stunning image, and I always think of it when I walk through the terminal.
By Maria Bronkema
On June 27th we celebrated graduates with speeches, music, and food on our beautiful, flowery horticulture patio. This year, Fountain House’s graduation party was special because we boasted a large number of people who completed college degrees, peer specialist certificates, technology certificates, and even one student who was overjoyed to graduate from high school.
​Fountain House/Clubhouse International, has been selected to receive the 2014 Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize of $1.5 million. The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation presents the annual award, the world’s largest humanitarian prize, to an organization that is doing extraordinary work to alleviate human suffering.
By Kenneth J. Dudek
Last night I attended the one-year anniversary celebration of Fountain House Bronx, and it was a lovely affair. The atmosphere was celebratory, the speeches were inspiring, and the food was wonderful, but my favorite moment came after most of the activity was over.
On Wednesday, June 25th nearly 50 guests celebrated the one-year anniversary of Fountain House Bronx. Basking in the glow of a warm summer evening, members proudly showed off their hard work in transforming the space into a thriving working community, complete with a backyard vegetable garden.
Karen wants what all mothers want for their children —for her son Justin to be able to take care of himself one day. While most people develop that ability before the age of 35, as Justin explains, “Progress for me is gradual.
By Kenneth J. Dudek
Mental health reform has been in the air since the tragic 2012 mass shooting in Newtown, CT. In that time, the nation has witnessed 74 more school shootings. Justified or not, these crimes continue to fuel public discourse about our present mental health system. Many of these instances, including last month’s mass killing in Isla Vista, CA, highlight one glaring inadequacy: how difficult it is for families to get help for their loved ones experiencing a mental health crisis.

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