Faces for Keystone
Norwalk, CT — Some issues are just hard to put a face to. For people with psychiatric disabilities, they often feel ‘faceless’ and unnoticed. And unfortunately, so do the issues that make their lives more difficult than most. At Keystone House’s May 10th “Growth Towards Independence 18th Annual Silent Auction & Dinner”, there were 7 ‘guests’ there to help put a ‘face’ to the issues that Keystone clients deal with.
TFI Envision, Inc., volunteered their time and talent to work with the staff at Keystone to ‘create’ 7 profiles of fictional people based on their 40 year experience in providing residential and psychosocial services for adults with psychiatric disabilities in the greater Norwalk area. Each ‘person’ provided a different scenario on the daily issues and for many, life long struggles, of living with a psychiatric disability. These life size representations were placed throughout the event at Continental Manor.
“Putting a face on an issue helps to engage people in an issue that people shy away from. Each of the life size profiles tell a different story and help everyone to understand the struggles these folks endure and how Keystone has helped them bring a sense of ‘normalcy’ to their lives,” said Elizabeth P. Ball, President / Creative Director of TFI Envision, Inc.
Keystone clients are adults, over the age of 18, who have a psychiatric diagnosis that is deemed severe and prolonged. Some have been very disabled by mental illness and have been in the hospital for years, some for just a few days, and some have never been hospitalized. Almost all clients have low or very low income and no private insurance that would cover all services received at Keystone House. Many clients would be at risk of homelessness without the support of Keystone.
Keystone House provides help to clients in finding employment through a collaborative relationship with other not for profit providers. An Employment Specialist provides on-site support for all of our programs. Case management services are provided for all residential clients. The Community Living Center staff assist clients in linking to community supports.
The goal of psychiatric rehabilitation is to help disabled individuals to develop the emotional, social and intellectual skills needed to live, learn, work and play in the community with the least amount of professional support.
In addition, TFI Envision created all of the other event materials, including the Save the Date postcard, invitation, 24 page Program, 53 slide Digital Ad Journal, Silent Auction and Live Auction signage and donor cards.