Patients at the halfway house of the Brooklyn State Hospital are mentally ill men and women who are in the process of learning to reintegrate into society. A lounge program was offered to these residents by the YM-YWHA with the hope that this exposure and beginning participation in a community setting would ease and facilitate patients' integration into community life and increase their ability to take on the tasks of jobs, education, schooling, living at home and other everyday tasks. During the first year of the lounge, participants progressed from not knowing one another's names to learning the skills necessary for sharing transportation, shopping for food, and organizing programs. By becoming a valuable and respected member of a group, these individuals were able to see themselves in a new light and better prepare themselves for life outside the Halfway House.
Download for personal use, freely distribute link
Fendel, Joshua. A Community Center Lounge Program for State Hospital Patients. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Winter 1969: