Fellowship Place awarded $135,000 Responsive Grant from the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven (CFGNH) has awarded Fellowship Place a two-year $135,000 grant through the Foundation’s largest annual competitive grants process. The awarded funds will provide general operating support for Fellowship Place’s core programs.

“Fellowship Place is very grateful for the Community Foundation’s continued support,” says Executive Director, Mary A. Guerrera, “we are honored to be chosen as a 2017 award recipient. This funding is especially critical this year because the agency has experienced state budget cuts that threaten vital services for adults living with a serious mental illness. Fellowship Place provides a full range of therapeutic support and rehabilitation services that promote independence, wellness, and a meaningful life.”

In its 58th year of service, Fellowship Place touches the lives of over 750 people annually, the majority of which suffers from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or major depression. Nearly all face poverty, inadequate housing, unemployment, and poor physical health. Almost half have been homeless at least once in their lives. Open 365 days a year, Fellowship Place’s campus is a multi-purpose, one stop center where clients receive counseling & case management services to help them learn, practice and refine social skills and other daily living skills that will help them increase their stability, self-sufficiency, and independence so they may lead a productive life in the community. Services include help with basic needs, meals, socialization, skill-building groups, job training & 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 on and near the main campus. Fellowship Place is committed to helping the mentally ill, their families, and the public realize that with proper treatment and support, people with a mental illness can be successful and contribute to the vibrancy of our community.

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