Fountain House is dedicated to the recovery of men and women with mental illness by providing opportunities for our members to live, work, and learn, while contributing their talents through a community of mutual support.
Fountain House’s vision is that people with serious mental illness will live and thrive in society.
Fountain House improves the lives of people living with serious mental illness by:
Operating community mental health programs in New York City based upon Fountain House’s pioneering working community model that relies on the voluntary participation of its members
Developing innovative programs, research, and shared knowledge about recovery from mental illness
Collaborating with others to inspire and teach organizations around the world to use the Fountain House model, and
Advocating for people living with serious mental illness to improve perceptions and practices
Summary of relevant work
Fountain House’s award-winning programs provide opportunities for its members to belong to a vibrant community focused on work, wellness and social connections. Its engaged staff and members, working side-by-side, create housing, employment, education and health and wellness initiatives that renew people’s lives and reconnect them with mainstream society.
Our outcomes are remarkable:
In the US, only 15% of people living with mental illness are employed. Through Fountain House’s Employment program, members have achieved an employment rate of 30%. Our members earn more than $2 million annually at over 40 companies throughout New York City.
Over twenty years ago, the Sidney R. Baer, Jr. Center pioneered a “health home” that integrates medical and psychiatric healthcare. Complementary wellness practices and community social supports help members achieve a re-hospitalization rate of 10% versus the 50% rate of the general population of people living with serious mental illness.
Fountain House members complete school at a rate of 77%, compared to 32% for the general population of people living with mental illness.
Of the nearly 57,000 homeless people in NYC, it is estimated that 40% are living with mental illness. Fountain House is committed to ensuring that all of its 1,300 members have stable living environments, whether in Fountain House residences, independent apartments or with family and friends.