Reed House Inc.
Providing support to people with serious mental illness in collaboration with Gateway Behavioral Health System
1144 Cornell Avenue, Savannah, GA 31406
Director: Warren Sparrow
Reed House is dedicated to the recovery of men and women diagnosed with serious mental illness by providing opportunities for clubhouse members to live, work, and learn, while contributing their talents through a community of mutual support...
To provide people, whose lives have been disrupted by serious mental illness, the opportunity to recover meaningful and productive lives through reintegration into the workplace and community.
Reed House provides opportunities in training, education, and employment to people whose lives have been challenged by serious mental illness.
The origins of Reed House lie in the idea that inspired a small group of people back
in the early 1940s – the belief that people with mental illness are capable of helping
each other. That belief led to the formation of Fountain House in New York City, then
to the accreditation agency Clubhouse International, which has 330 member
clubhouses including Reed House in Savannah, and ultimately to the Clubhouse
International model of psychosocial rehabilitation being listed on the
National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.
When Savannah native Esther Reed was about 80, she decided that Savannah really needed a program that would help people with serious mental illness integrate into the community and find work. So, instead of complaining, demanding, or dreaming, she sat in front of a grocery store collecting “spare change” and handing out materials about mental illness. Over many years, she collected $30,000, which became the seed money for Reed House. We named our clubhouse in her honor to recognize her faith in the clubhouse model, her determination, and her perseverance.