By Paul Marks, Special to
August 7, 2018

Five years ago, Catholic Charities of Fairfield County decided to try a new model of outreach and treatment for clients in and around Danbury who struggle with depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses. It renovated a storefront along West Street, a block away from City Hall, and opened the New Heights Recovery and Wellness Center.

The idea was to offer a gathering place where clients could get a healthy lunch, attend classes on nutrition, exercise, anger management, volunteering and other healthy behaviors. It made a nice complement to the agency’s Community Support program of traditional case management, which for more than 50 years has provided free counseling to low-income people lacking health insurance.

Most of all, the new center was a place to make friends, somewhere to be with others at times when being alone becomes unbearable.

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