A Supportive Residence at Friends Hospital
Located on the wooded grounds of Friends Hospital in Northeast Philadelphia, the Greystone Program is a community residence serving individuals with severe and persistent mental illness. The program was founded in 1980, and is dedicated to helping its residents move toward recovery, greater independence, and an enhanced quality of life. Residents occupy two buildings: the historic Greystone house, which is the former residence for the hospital superintendent’s family; and Hillside house, which is a newer residence built specifically for the program. Emphasizing the development of skills of daily living, socialization and community inclusion, purposeful activity, and recovery enables residents to realize their dignity, worth, and individual potential. The Greystone Program is designed to accommodate individuals for several months or as a long-term residence. Many residents have chosen to make the Greystone Program their permanent home, while others have successfully transitioned to less-structured environments.
“It was an oasis. A place of calm and caring and peacefulness where she was given back her dignity, where she learned again that she was of value to others, and that in turn she had a responsibility to them.”