Ten years ago, I toured a community with the following mission:
To serve adults living with mental illness by offering a full range of therapeutic support and rehabilitation services that promote independence, wellness, and a meaningful life.
This community is called Fellowship Place, and it represents what can happen when people come together to look past medical treatment alone – and add housing, purpose, structure, and community to the picture.
At the time, I wished Ben might be interested in living in such a caring, well-thought-out community. He wasn’t. But now, ten years later, he is open to the idea.
The only problem is: it could take a decade before a place opens up. I wish I’d put him on the waiting list ten years ago. It might take that much time.
We need more places like this.