It’s a fact: Severe mental illness is a thief. It robs people of their potential, their future and often their ability to function with the day-to-day things of life. It takes away dignity and strips self-confidence. Many are left without the capacity to earn a living, find secure housing or take care of personal needs.
All of that contributes to a chronic state of poverty. Poverty contributes to emotional instability and impacts health, safety and homelessness.
People who come to The Well Community often come because they are trapped in that painful cycle. They come here when they are hungry, lonely and confused. They come here when they need bus fare to go the doctor and when they just need someone who understands.
And we are here. Amid the mental illness, the poverty, the health issues, members of The Well find avenues for hope.