Plymouth Healing Communities works to break the cycle of hospitalization for mental health and homelessness by providing supportive small-scale transitional and permanent housing in Seattle.
We have a transitional home (house of healing) where people recently released from inpatient care can land for a safe and nonlinear support structure. We also have 6 other small permanent housing located throughout Seattle to give people access to all the benefits of living in areas such as Ballard and Beacon Hill. We rely heavily on our Companions, our main nonlinear, supportive program for residents, to provide the key ingredients in restoring a sense of belonging for residents in all of our housing!
I am a volunteer for the Community Companion Program within the House of Healing. I am partnered with a woman who is living with a mental illness, and who lives in the community in housing which the Plymouth Healing Communities helped her to find. I talk to my companion about once a week, and we try to meet up a couple of times a month. I have enjoyed my interactions with my partner so much, and through our relationship I have learned so much about struggles that those who live with very difficult mental illnesses face. This volunteer opportunity is such a unique one, because it gives volunteers a chance to learn about people who may be very different from yourself. Essentially, being a community companion is just being a supportive presence for someone else, and I've found my relationship with my companion incredibly rewarding.