For most of us a normal day consists of a culmination of accomplishing simple tasks from the moment we awake to the moment we lay our heads down to sleep at night. We know when to bathe, when to eat and drink, to avoid a dangerous situation when necessary. Quite often, we as a society complain that there are just not enough hours in the day to get finished all that was intended.
For some however, life’s simple challenges take on a whole new perspective and meaning. For those who are afflicted with a mental illness, something as ordinary as self care can be a stretch or quite often impossible, void of communication and integration within the fabric of society, experiencing normal activities, unable to have intimate relationships with loved ones.
These people currently reside in group homes within the vicinity of Brooklyn and Queens, NYC. A handful of these individuals were transported from Willowbrook State Hospital in Staten Island, NY, a state run institution for the mentally disabled that became the scene of a national scandal in the 1970’s after it was revealed that many of the patients who were children were victims of widespread abuse and neglect. The hospital was forced to close in 1987.
Ultimately, these individuals need positive direction and assistance in acquiring furthered advance self-help skills as preparation for life’s challenges and to live healthy productive lives. 2010