Any person who has had someone in their family, or someone they know, suffering from a sidelining mental illness, all-to-well know the pain they feel. Although productive in quiet ways, they invariably go on many interviews for jobs, only to be rebuffed, and although they walk around society, among others, their lives are not usually marked by inclusion. There are some organizations that work doggedly to help those that are suffering from mental illness to take their place in society and lead fuller lives.
Jeremy Goldstein, a graduate of Cornell, having achieved a B.A. and M.A. while there, and then having gone on to get his J.D. from New York School of Law, is one of those people working on behalf of the underrepresented. A lot of people in his position turn the other cheek, and carry on, concerned only with self-enrichment and chasing the dollar. Mr. Goldstein, however, has taken it upon himself to be involved with an organization called Fountain House.
Having started his own eponymous law firm in New York, which is also home to the first Fountain House, he is a part of an organization with seemingly unlimited options to help those with mental illness. Fountain House focuses on education, employment, health insurance and the persistent problem of homelessness among those who suffer from these illnesses. Homelessness is likely one of the worst, saddest byproducts of living with mental illness, yet it is very common as they struggle to hold jobs due to disabling conditions.
We are only dotted lines to each other and Jeremy Goldstein is doing an enormous amount of good by involving himself with advancing the agenda of Fountain House. Eventually this organization will likely reach the point where they are familiar with many of the people living with mental illness in the area in which they operate, and the varied different needs and abilities of each and every one of them. This is invaluable data as they likely represent a huge untapped resource in society and uncovering their value is necessary for all concerned parties.
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