In a single year 1 in 5 adults will experience a mental illness.
A mental illness is considered severe if it significantly interferes with or limits one or more major life activities. Sadly, 1 of every 25 adults experiences a severe mental illness (SMI). Some of the most commonly known of these are severe anxiety, bipolar disorder, major depression, and schizophrenia. In Ohio, nearly 460,000 adults have a severe mental illness that they live with on a daily basis.
A person living with SMI deserves compassion, treatment, and support – just like any person living with a major illness. Similar to someone coping with cancer or diabetes, a person with SMI is already living a life in a way they didn’t choose. In addition, this vulnerable population is often preyed upon by others who take advantage of their circumstances.
Sometimes because of lack of care or support, someone with SMI may find themselves without a safe home. This can create a vicious cycle of worsening symptoms and withdrawal from family, friends, and society.
That’s where North Coast Community Homes comes in.
In 1998 North Coast Community Homes partnered with the Summit County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services Board to provide housing for people with severe and persistent mental illness.
Why is what we do important? Many of the wonderful, funny, beautiful people we serve would have nowhere to go other than an institution or the streets if we didn’t live our mission. For many people, we are their only hope for a safe, and comfortable home. Over the years, we’ve provided hundreds of people with safe, affordable housing and we’re proud to say, our program has changed lives! Having a safe space they can call their own sets a person up for success. We help provide a necessary stability from where they can start re-engaging with treatment and their community. Some of our residents even find the hope, constancy, and wellness to start working again
It doesn’t stop there. We’ve developed housekeeping services which are important in helping our residents maintain the safety and usability of their home. Our housekeeping is a special service with a positive impact on quality of life that almost can’t be measured
But we can’t do this alone. It’s only through the generous support of people like you, that we’re able to serve this important community and make lives better.