Any adult in Houston living with a mental illness may benefit from being a member of The Gathering Place. A structured daytime program offering socializing, vocational training, a new employment program and rehabilitation opportunities free of charge, The Gathering Place staff and its members help individuals excel at independent living.
All costs are provided by private support, including from The Menninger Clinic.
"The goal is for members to utilize our resources to gain skills and confidence to take part in the community at their fullest potential," explains Meg Griffin, director. "We don"t expect members to be here every da,y but we will support them as their individual needs change. Many members want to work part time so we help them identify their strengths and interests, set goals and land employment."
At The Gathering Place's annual holiday celebration December 14, members and their families will mark the spirit of the season together. "Our members do much of the planning themselves. We welcome guests and enjoy sharing special times together," Griffin added. "This is just one of the many activities we have here that enriches their lives."
To join The Gathering Place, all that's required is a completed membership application and referral and psychiatric or psychosocial assessment from the individual's psychiatrist. To explore adding The Gathering Place to a mental illness recovery plan, call 713-729-3499 or visit www.gplace.org.