PHC Mission & Impact
Plymouth Healing Communities (PHC) provides companionship, housing and advocacy for individuals who live with mental illness. We know that healing takes place when vulnerable people are shown the care, love and respect that they deserve.
The results of our work are compelling.
One in four of us will be affected by mental illness, either personally or through a family member. We are all affected by the impact of mental illness on the community.
- Through our focused and timely intervention, Plymouth Healing Communities reduces the use of high-cost services such as hospital emergency rooms, detoxification services, shelters, and jails.
- Our houses are situated in neighborhoods, helping to destigmatize mental illness and create communities that are less fearful and more complete.
- Companions are deeply affected by their yearlong residency, often becoming lifelong mental health advocates. Companionship is central to all we do and is what makes us unique.
What we've achieved
Respite Housing: The House of Healing, celebrating fifteen years in 2016, has served a total of 165 people transitioning out of inpatient mental health treatment and homelessness. Over the years, 61 companions have lived with them at the House, pursuing collective and personal healing together. Remarkably, 95% of the residents that have left the House of Healing have exited into permanent housing.
Community Companions: PHC’s Community Companion Program, now in its 9th year, reaches out to 60 persons annually with the aid of over 30 community companion volunteers! Community Companions provide social support, group outings, and one-on-one community to people living in and outside our housing. We are working very hard to increase the number of volunteers to 60 in the next year, so that each resident has the option to have one-on-one support. Additionally, we have created a robust training program for companions and community volunteers, bringing together experts in the field of homelessness, mental illness, and substance use quarterly to break down stigma and create life-long advocates.
Permanent Supportive Housing: PHC’s housing stock continues to grow with six buildings now in operation. In 2016, we began managing and providing supportive services to the Grace Apartments, a partnership with Welcome Table Christian Fellowship. Our model of small-scale housing, integrated social services, companionship and mission-driven property management has shown remarkable results with 95% of our tenants, living with special needs, retaining housing for longer than one year.