Lowenstein House is a psychosocial rehabilitation facility serving adults diagnosed with mental illness. Its mission is to assist persons with mental health disorders obtain skills that will help them live and function more productively in the community. The program utilizes a clubhouse model approach in which participants are "members" of a club, as opposed to “clients” or “patients”. The Clubhouse Model of Psychiatric Rehabilitation asserts that all persons are capable of change and growth. Lowenstein House is committed to this philosophy and provides a program of support, education, recreation and mental health recovery for its participants. The focus is on each member's strengths and abilities, not their illnesses. Members are encouraged and supported throughout their personal journey of recovery.
Other services include housing assistance, supported employment, individual counseling, support groups, WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) training, interpersonal skills training, adult basic education classes, and social/recreational activities.
Members entering the program for the first time will go through an orientation period in which they will spend time in each of the training units. During this time, members decide which unit best fits their needs and goals. They will also be assigned to groups relevant to their needs. For members wanting to obtain employment in the community, they will be assigned to the Vocational Services Unit where Employment Specialists will assist them with their vocational goals.
Lowenstein House was founded in Memphis, TN in 1977. Modeled after Fountain House in New York City, it was the first psychosocial rehabilitation facility in the State of Tennessee utilizing the clubhouse model. It was originally located in the historic Lowenstein Mansion, pictured above.
In 1990, the agency moved to its current location in Midtown Memphis, but kept the same name and logo. A second location - Lowenstein House East, opened in 2010.
Lowenstein House provides a comprehensive array of services designed to help members maintain stability, obtain job skills and live and work successfully in the community. A variety of groups and classes focusing on numerous topics are offered. In addition, Lowenstein House has four training units in which members can develop job and/or basic living skills while attending the program. The training units are: Food Services, Clerical/Computer Technology, Environmental Services and Peer Support.