56 yearsQueenResident Mok Weiming suffers from bipolar schizophrenia. He joined Venture House Psychiatric Rehabilitation Institute 18 years ago and became the firstSugarmember, he made friends, learned skills and got a job here, and slowly returned to normal life. Seeing the increasing number of Chinese members, he called upon the public to face their psychological problems and join this large family. “This is my second home.”
Chen Lin, a Chinese social worker at Fuchuang Home, said the non-profit organization mainly helps people with mental disorders return to normal. There are no patients in the organization, only “members”. Through a joint operation of staff and members, members can learn skills here, and the organization will also assist in finding work and housing, assist in recovery in a variety of ways, and free of charge.
Mo Weiming from Shanghai is one of them. He said that his mother’s death was a great blow to him, and that his father also lived in a nursing home. Fuchuang Home became his only support. He joined Fuchuang Home in 2004 on the recommendation of a doctor. Home, at that time became the only Chinese member, took the bus every day, and then transferred to the subway to participate in the activities here, and made many friends over the years.
Mok Weiming introduced the various departments of the Fuchuang Home. The organization occupies two floors, which houses the Job Hunting Team, Housing Hunting Team, Literature and Data Team, Garden and Restaurant, etc., which are jointly managed by the members and staff. During the epidemic, he participated in the activities of Fuchuang House through the Internet, and recently found a job as a warehouse porter, feeling that the future is full of possibilities.
Neesa Sunar is a social worker who has become a member of the Fuchuang family due to mental illness. She visits the institution once or twice a week to help other patients complete psychological therapy by playing various violins.
Magleen Boon, director of Fuchhuang House’s education group, said Fuchhuang House has never been closed during the pandemic, and communicates with members via Zoom, Facebook, email and text messages. The equipment provider provides a space for communication, and members are also required to wear masks after opening to avoid the spread of the virus.
Municipal health director Ashwin Vasan said people with mental disabilities are also members of the community, and institutions like Fuchuang House provide a place for these people to recover and help them survive. Helping to recover and strengthen community mental health at its core, avoiding homelessness or mental illness crisis as a cause of crime.
Wasan pointed out that clubs such as Fuchuang House have existed for a long time, but they have been neglected by the community. “We will continue to invest in getting more friends, family members and neighbors living with mental illness to participate in this life-saving social organization.”.
Douglas (Juliet Douglas), executive director of Fuchhuang House, said that Fuchhuang House has been established in Queens for 34 years and opened a second branch in Staten Island in 2017. There are currently 1,500 registered members, including 350 active members in Queens. And History Island has 300 members, and Asians account for only 10%. “As long as you register as a member, you will always be a member and you can come anytime.”
Douglas pointed out that there has been an increase in the number of Asian members recently. He called on those in need to participate and break the stigma of mental illness. Home (718) 658-7201 to make an appointment to visit and learn about application details. To fulfill the criteria, certain documents need to be submitted.
According to the official website of Fuchuang House, the club mainly serves patients with severe depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. The address is 150-10 Hillside Avenue, Jamaica, in Queens, and it’s open Mondays and Fridays at 9am. 5:00 pm, 9:00 am to 8:00 pm Tuesday through Thursday, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm Saturday, and variable hours on Sunday.