Laurel House provides Resources to Recover to people living with mental illness, and their families, across numerous communities in and around Connecticut. Laurel House provides a robust array of integrated services, including cognitive remediation, supported employment and education, and community-based residential support, to help people along the path of recovery.
Laurel House, Inc., is a private nonprofit organization 501(c)(3) that helps individuals living with mental illness and their families in Fairfield County, Connecticut, achieve and sustain mental health recovery.
Although more than 80% of our program participants live with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or major depression, research supports that recovery is possible for people with serious mental illness. A young adult diagnosed with one of these disorders may experience symptoms that can lead to unemployment, disrupted education, homelessness, loss of social ties and a lifelong reliance on medication. At Laurel House, we are strong advocates of intervening early to lessen the most debilitating secondary effects of mental illness, prevent or reduce disability, and improve the level of recovery.
Laurel House provides Resources to Recover through supportive community-based services and programs including recovery planning, life skills coaching and skill building, education, employment, cognitive remediation, housing and residential services, food service and wellness, social opportunities, and active outreach to individuals who might otherwise be isolated.
Resources to Recover has three fundamental goals:
- Early Intervention and Remediation – helping families connect as early as possible with the right services to prevent the harmful secondary effects of mental illness.
- Social Inclusion – reintegration and full participation for program participants in their local communities.
- Recovery – greater independence and self-sufficiency to achieve one’s life aspirations.
At Laurel House, mental health recovery goals are achieved through the delivery of a comprehensive array of services and programs:
The Resource Center – located at 1616 Washington Blvd. in Stamford, CT. It is the hub for a robust array of integrated, evidence-based programs and services, focused on recovery planning, skill building, counseling, advocacy and mutual support. The services are delivered at the Resource Center and out in the eight communities we serve in Fairfield County.
Supported Employment – providing people with a range of services to help them look for, find and keep jobs in a career of their choosing in integrated work settings, at fair-market wages.
Supported Education – community-based placement assistance; identifying appropriate course selection for university/college or vocational certification, applying for and securing financial assistance; tutoring and educational counseling to help people enroll and succeed in college or other post-secondary education.
Thinking Well (Cognitive Remediation) – addresses the long-term cognitive impairment that interferes with the daily functioning of people living with mental illness. This evidence-based approach, developed by thought leaders in neuroscience and psychiatric rehabilitation, offers computer-based training and group bridging sessions to improve participants’ thinking skills in the areas of: attention; working memory; processing speed; visual and verbal learning; problem-solving and reasoning.
Skill Building – transfer of specific life skills and training in: personal finance, computer literacy and related technology applications; transportation; entitlements; shopping and food preparation; self-care; and social skills. This life skill training is provided through The Resource Center and through Residential Services.
Residential Services and Housing – a quality supportive housing program that helps people locate and maintain safe, affordable, stable housing and achieve greater independence. Program participants live in independent housing integrated in the community and receive individualized, person-centered support from our professional staff.
Outreach and Social Activities – promoting community integration through assertive outreach, the enhancement of natural support networks, and linking of people with mental illness to social and recreational opportunities in their communities.
Laurel House Artists’ and Writers’ Workshops– art and writing workshops and opportunities to participate in public showings/sales of artwork and publishing of poetry or prose; promoting the self-expression, social integration and employment of people with mental illness in the field of visual arts and creative writing.
Café, Commercial Kitchen – a fully licensed food service operation providing program participants and guests with nutritious, low cost meals and hands-on training in food preparation and service.
Treasure Hunters Thrift Store – creating opportunities for Laurel House program participants to interact with community volunteers and the general public in an educational retail setting providing affordable or free goods to the community.