The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven (CFGNH) has awarded Fellowship Place a three-year $180,000 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 2019 award recipient. The Responsive Grant will help the agency bridge the gap between government contracts and the true cost of providing services. Over the last year, Fellowship Place has expanded its employment services for individuals with mental illness and a criminal record and for the homeless. These projects may have been eliminated without the Foundation’s backing”.
For sixty years, Fellowship Place has provided a supportive community fostering mental health for some of the poorest and most vulnerable members of the community. The agency’s campus, located in New Haven’s Dwight neighborhood, is open every day of the year, including holidays, and offers counseling, day programs, employment and education services, as well as forty five units of permanent supported housing. More than 800 individuals are served annually, with the majority coping with serious mental illness, poverty, homelessness, unemployment, and social isolation. Fellowship Place is committed to helping the mentally ill, their families, and the public understand and appreciate that with proper treatment and support, people with a mental illness can be successful and contribute to the vibrancy of the community.