Providing a community living arrangement for adults ages 18 and older with mental illness who wish to live independently & become productive members of their community in a resident living setting. A referral is required for enrollment.
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The Fairweather Lodge is a living arrangement designed specifically for persons with mental illness who are active members of society and who wish to live independently as well as interdependently. Its emphasis is on developing self-reliance on group membership, fostering a home-like living environment in which lodge members come to support each other and eventually become self-governing, and work together on running a business of their own.
Those who benefit most are persons who may not be able to find affordable, safe housing; those who wish to have employment/business ownership possibilitiesp; and those who have difficulty paying for food and utilities on their own, but could do so with the help of other housemates. Together the members lodge are able to work and contribute financially which in turn provides for a comfortable standard of living.
Lodge members will share in the day to day operations and responsibilities of managing a home and business together. They participate in the development of the “house rules”, managing activities and work practices. All members are expected to share in home and work responsibilities.
Fairweather Lodge is managed by the members with assistance provided by the Lodge Coordination Specialist as needed and in emergencies. The Lodge Coordination Specialist serves as a consultant, educator and teacher of the Principles of Fairweather Lodge living.
Individuals interested in becoming a Lodge Member can be referred by their primary service provider and must complete the Fairweather Lodge application.
Benefits of Fairweather Lodge Living
- Provides safe and affordable place to live in which to pursue your recovery.
- Increases self-worth and confidence.
- Provides a supportive group-living environment in which to live, work, grow and learn from each other.
- Enhances your employability and increases length of employment by your involvement and continued participation in the Lodge’s day to day business.
- All members have a “stake” in and share in the decision making processes for their lodge.
- Promotes team-work among members to create a community of strong support within the lodge.
- Offers support and guidance at home and on the job as members live and work together.
- Serves to decrease hospitalizations and promote recovery through the creation of a family lifestyle of daily support.
- Lodge members are empowered through engagement in meaningful work and activity.
- Lodge members increase sense of self-worth and develop a personal stake in the lodge success.
- Lodge members develop ownership of their living environment and the rules they live by.
- Interdependency and autonomy equal healthy living and creates a community of strong support within the lodge.
- Lodge members communicate respectfully to one another and are expected to participate in group governanceProgram statistics:
The New Kensington Fairweather Lodge opened in August of 2011.
The Lodge is a 4 bedroom house that can house 4 lodge members at one time. Lodge members have their own bedroom and share the remaining common space in the house. Lodge members currently operate the St. Margaret Foundation Free Medical Shuttle Service in the Alle-Kiski Valley region of Allegheny and Westmoreland Counties.
Applicants should be physically able and willing to share in household responsibilities and interested in teamwork for the success of their lodge.
Applicants should be relatively stable on their medications and willing to continue taking them as prescribed by their doctor.
Applicants should be drug free or in a recovery program with at least six months of demonstrated sobriety.
Applicants should be able to function reasonably well even with symptoms, if present, and willing to participate in group discussions, decision making, task/work training and performance.
Applicant should be interested in pursuing and able to participate in work activities or business opportunities.
Brad Scherf – Lodge Coordinator
Wendy Drapcho – Manager
724-230-2777 or 724-226-0664 ext. 3826
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