Since the rusted layer of foundation, both Fountain House and Fountain House Bronx have been wholeheartedly devoted to creating and maintaining stability in the lives of its members - from employment, education, wellness, and housing. I, Lexis Glover, if anything, am living proof of that.
Since 2011, I’ve unfortunately endured the many stressful and dreadful factors of homelessness. Between couch surfing, remote stair wells, youth and LGBT shelters, and my own personal mental health issues, one can only imagine how unbearable things were. Every day that I went to work, or came to the clubhouse, I equipped myself with a fake smile hoping to convince myself and others that I was happy. There were times that I couldn’t help myself, and I found the nearest isolated corner to cry and then repair my eyes for the sake of my comrades. I needed the ability to see the brightness beyond my own small world, an allegory of the cave reference you might say. It took me a while to realize that I had the biggest team of supporters here in the Bronx and in Manhattan, and I’ve never been so grateful.
Though the process was stressful and tedious, I was eventually given the opportunity for housing. As of March 18, 2014, I’ve resided in a supportive apartment in the Bronx with one roommate, thanks to Fountain House (New York, NY and Bronx). It was the day that I started living HONESTLY. I no longer have to worry about leaving home at a certain time every morning, or hostile characters day to day, or 30-day living periods, or having to go out in snowstorms. I’m able to relax, I’m able to focus on my goals, I’m able to do the great things I’ve intended to do for so long. And most importantly…I’m happy, which are words I thought I’d never be able to muster.
Member, Fountain House Bronx