2017 Certificate of Recognition presented to The Lodge. Reconginzing your service to the advancement of humanity as it is embodied in the principles revealed by Baha'u'llah, we applaud your efforts to uplife, educate, comfort, nurture and enrich the life of the Lehigh Valley.
"Acknowledges a program that has demonstrated extraordinary commitment and service to its community. You have truly made a difference in the community. Teaming up with the communities we serve Makes the Dream Work!"
The Lodge received the RHD Community Service Award. At the 2015 Resources for Human Development 22nd Annual Values Celebration "Making a Impact"! People from 13 states celebrating the accomplishments, hard work and dedication to uplift and educate the communities we serve! #RHDValuesDay.
Cafe the Lodge received a 2014 “Tribute to the Arts Award” from the Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission, recognizing the Lodge’s contributions to the arts. The “Tribute to the Arts Awards” was instituted in 1991 and continues on a yearly basis to honor individuals, organizations, educators, innovators or businesses that are engaged in making, supporting or encouraging artistic endeavors that enrich the community.
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Presents the 2012 Supportive Housing Award to The Mental Health Recovery Lodge A Division of Resources for Human Development, Inc. In Appreciation for your Visionary Leadership in Creating Communities and Supportive Housing for People with Disabilities.
Q: What are some of the Ways the Lodge program helps people with mental illness?
A: The Lodge aims to create a nurturing supportive and creative environment, in which mindfulness and holistic wellness are valued. Additionally, we support our members in writing and executing individualized "Recovery Plans," which direct them in making the steps toward fulfilling lives. One of our members went to school and is now a professional welder, another member is going to culinary school, and yet another found a job with a social service agency. Our resident musician has just released his first CD, and others are building there resumes as baristas and cooks.
They were all there for Aaik. A standing-room-only crowd filled Café the Lodge's rooms to celebrate Van Munster's life and the Café's second anniversary. Van Munster, who would have turned 58 in March, passed away in October. "Aaik is too soon gone," Teitsworth said in describing Van Munster's battle with a difficult cancer, but his vision continues. His contributions as a leader of mental health recovery in the Lehigh Valley will not be forgotten, said Teitsworth.
With the focus on finding housing and a job for people with mental disabilities, this spring the residential program will open seven one-bedroom apartments in Easton.
Community hub will enable people with mental illness to live, work together. It will be a community hub for 12 Northampton County residents with mental illness who need some support from mental health staff but not constant supervision, he said. The eight who don't live on site will stay in apartments nearby and go to The Lodge for work and recreation.
"Our first focus is to help them create a meaningful life," Van Munster said during a tour of building, which is undergoing renovation. "The members will be running the coffee shop." The Lodge isn't considered a group home but rather "supportive housing" which will help the residents progress toward more independence. "My vision is it becomes as self-sustaining as possible," said Van Munster
Host Eleanor Bobrow welcomes guests from The Lodge, a living community that supports adults with mental illness in Northampton County.
Ian Panyko, director of The Lodge, and two of its residents join Eleanor for this week's show.
(Original air-date: 4/17/17)
The Lodge of Resources for Human Development
Aaik Van Munster: Program Dir., The Lodge of Resources for Human Development
Jackie Teitsworth: Assistant Program Dir., The Lodge of Resources for Human Development