On August 28, 2013, we broke ground for Argonaut 2, six new residential units adjoining the existing eight units at Argonaut House in the Central District. This is PHC's first construction project, funded by a grant from HUD, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle and over $600,000 from generous PHC donors. When completed, the units will be available to chronically mentally ill individuals who are able to live independently and are eligible for Section 8 Housing. "All of the alumni of Plymouth House have difficulty finding safe, affordable housing in a location that gives them access to the support and health care communities they rely on," says PHC Executive Director Gary Southerton. "Whether these units go to Plymouth House alumni or others, we know we are fulfilling an acute need for some of Seattle's most vulnerable citizens."
PHC wins $930K grant from HUD
On November 16, 2011, Plymouth Healing Communities was awarded a grant of $930,700 from HUD (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development), to build and operate Argonaut House II, a two-story, 6-unit "infill" project that will connect to Argonaut House I and serve the chronically mentally-ill in Seattle. For the complete text of the press release, please see HUD's press release.
Community Companion Volunteer program
We have launched a Community Companion Volunteer program to extend our companionship model to participants not in our House of Healing. Click here for links to the position description and application form.
Don and Karen Gwilym have retired from the Board after many years of faithful, loving service to the House of Healing and Plymouth Healing Communities. To honor their years of service as House Manager and respite companions, the House of Healing dining room is being renamed the Gwilym Room.
Plymouth Healing Communities Buys Apartment Building!
Since acquiring the Argonaut Apartments in 2008 and the Admiral Apartments in 2009, we have been busy repairing and renovating apartments, weatherizing, and painting. We have finished renovations on all apartments at the Argonaut, and are in the process of repairs at the Admiral.
Acquisition of these two buildings actually exceeds the goal set in our 2005 Strategic Plan, of acquiring sixteen apartments to offer permanent housing to House of Healing alumni. With the achievement of all the tasks in that Strategic Plan, we are now in the process of crafting a new Strategic Plan for the next five years of Plymouth Healing Communities.
We are grateful for all the support you have given us as we've expanded from the House of Healing in 2000 to today being able to serve residents at 3 houses and an 8 unit apartment building. You have made it possible to significantly increase our ability to provide our residents with housing and companionship supporting their continued healing and bringing them hope for the future. THANK YOU!
Craig Rennebohm, the creator of the companionship model and one of the founders of Plymouth Healing Communities, has published a book, Souls in the Hands of a Tender God, that describes the House of Healing and its successes.