“My Sanctuary”

In celebration of our 50th anniversary, each month we will be sharing a story that highlights one of our programs or treatment populations. Here is Marshall’s story, who lives at Odyssey House Park Avenue, one of our supportive housing programs.

supportive housing tenantDiagnosed with bipolar disorder and cerebral palsy as an adult, Marshall, 57, has faced a number of challenges. Before coming to Park Avenue, Marshall was homeless for almost two years. Like many others who lacked a stable living environment, Marshall worked with a few different programs, trying to find a place where he could rebuild his life. He found the process especially difficult as there were few places that could provide the resources he needed for his physical and mental health challenges that were also wheelchair accessible.

Then he was referred to Odyssey House. Since joining the Park Avenue community three years ago, Marshall has been able to live independently while still having access to the resources and case management services Odyssey House offers.

Marshall remembers the day his counselor told him his new home had a handicapped shower: “tears came out of my eyes. I am so thankful to Odyssey House for giving me my own place, one that allows me to move freely. It is my sanctuary.” He looks forward to each night when he can come home to his studio apartment, where he proudly displays the artwork he creates as part of the Odyssey House Art Project.

Odyssey House Park Avenue is a 50-unit, single occupancy apartment building for men and women with special needs. The building provides a supportive, independent living environment for individuals who have overcome many life challenges, including mental illness, drug and alcohol abuse, and homelessness.