The purpose of Reach-Out is to connect with people in psychiatric hospitals and board and care facilities to ease the isolation many people in these settings face and assist in their transition back to the community. Reach-Out volunteers have all themselves experienced living in board and care facilities and/or psychiatric hospitalization and therefore understand the loneliness and isolation many people in these facilities face.
Reach-Out began in 1982 at Towne House Creative Living Center by Gladys Robertson. Gladys, a mental health client herself, recognized the need to develop a team of client visitors to connect with her friends and others who had been hospitalized. Reach-Out continues to visit clients in hospitals and board and care homes, maintaining a regular monthly schedule of visits throughout Alameda County.
Reach-Out offers the following:
- Monthly visits to Alameda County psychiatric hospitals and four board and care facilities offering snacks and supplies, music, and peer support
- Real life experience from peers on navigating the mental health system
- Contact with peers who now live successfully in the community
- Referrals to other client-run self-help groups to assist people in hospitals and board and care facilities in obtaining the services and benefits they need to live in the community
- Volunteer visitors gain training in communication skills, support group facilitation, and the personal satisfaction of helping others know there are folks like them who care. Volunteers also receive a small stipend for their service.
3238 Adeline Street
Berkeley, CA 94703
reachout @ acnetmhc.org
Monday through Friday 10:00-5:00