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FOUNTAIN HOUSE PREPARES AND SERVES THANKSGIVING DINNER IN HELL’S KITCHEN TO MORE THAN 350 INDIVIDUALS LIVING WITH SERIOUS MENTAL ILLNESS AND THEIR FAMILIES

Men and women living with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and serious depression prepare and enjoy a Thanksgiving feast at Fountain House’s Clubhouse in Hell’s Kitchen.

New York, NY (November 27th, 2013) – Fountain House gets ready for a larger than expected turnout for this year’s Thanksgiving Feast. Thanksgiving is Fountain House’s largest celebration. Members living with serious mental illness come together with staff at the clubhouse in Hell’s Kitchen to prepare a spectacular feast including roasted turkey or stuffed squash, bread stuffing, mashed potatoes, braised carrots, green beans, and peas.  A delicious assortment of pies, including homemade pies baked with apples grown at Fountain House’s 500 acre High Point Farm are a sweet end to the meal.  Members participate in preparing, decorating the house, and serving the meal. Floral decorations are produced by members working in Fountain House’s Horticulture Unit.

Who:                    Fountain House www.fountainhouse.org
What:                   Thanksgiving preparations by/for individuals living with serious mental illness
Where:                 425 West 47th Street NY, NY 10036
When:                  Prep:  Wednesday, November 27th 9 am – 5 pm
Why:                    Mental illness disrupts people’s lives and relationships, leaving them alone and isolated in the community. Fountain House offers a sense of belonging, meaningful activity, and the opportunity to form relationships with their peers and with dedicated professional staff.  All members and staff are invited to celebrate Holidays together.

ABOUT FOUNTAIN HOUSE
Serious mental illness affects 23 million people in the United States each year. The stigma, rejection, and isolation that accompany mental illness are often as damaging and debilitating as the illness itself.  Fountain House reduces the devastating social impact of mental illness. Every day, over 300 members choose to come to Fountain House to learn new skills, access opportunities, and forge meaningful relationships. Members and staff operate successful employment, education, wellness, and housing programs. They work as partners to perform all the functions that keep the community going.  The Fountain House model has been replicated in more than 300 locations in 30 countries and 32 states and currently serves more than 100,000 people with mental illness worldwide.

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