About Us

Fellowship Place’s mission is 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. Open 365 days a year, our campus community serves over 800 people annually, the majority of which suffers from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression. Services provided are designed to help increase their stability, self-sufficiency, and help them function at the highest level possible, including help with basic needs, meals, socialization, skill-building groups, case management, job training and career development services, expressive arts programs, computer classes, physical recreation and more. The agency also provides supportive housing for 45 individuals who live in our apartment buildings located near the main campus.

Click the play button to see an interview with Fellowship Place’s Executive Director, Mary Guerrera on New Haven Independent Radio. Click the play button to see Ed Stannard’s New Haven Register interview of Fellowship Place’s Executive Director Mary Guerrera and Fellowship Place clients.
Click the play button to see Fellowship Place’s interview on WTNH CT News Channel 8, “Homeless in New Haven: Program aims to break the cycle”. Click the play button to see an interview with Fellowship Place’s Executive Director, Mary Guerrera on WTNH style=”border: 1px solid #000000;tr>

In 1960, inspired by the uplifting and therapeutic benefits of dance and creative expression, Phyllis McDowell and volunteers from the Mental Health Association of New Haven and the Jewish Community Center launched Fellowship Place, a socialization program for psychiatric patients discharged from state hospitals. Fellowship Place offered a new and different way of engaging people with severe mental illness in community life. Today, 59 years later, Fellowship Place has come a long way since its first home in the basement of the New Haven Jewish Community Center on Chapel Street. Located on a campus community in New Haven we are a multi-purpose center, open 365 days a year, providing a broad range of housing, support, rehabilitation and employment services to help adults with serious mental illness lead more meaningful, fulfilling, and healthy lives.

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