FHR showcases the work of community artists at coffee social

Published 03/01/2013

FHR’s Fairwinds Clubhouse holds event to celebrate creativity as a tool in recovery

Falmouth, MA – Opening its doors to the Falmouth community, FHR (Fellowship Health Resources) Studio 35 musicians, artists, and staff held a coffee social on Friday, February 22, at the Fairwinds Clubhouse. Guests joined all four of FHR's clubhouses in a heartfelt evening of live entertainment, art, refreshments, and coffee.

Fellowship Health Resources is a nonprofit mental health and substance addiction agency serving individuals in seven states. Studio 35, an agency-wide healing arts program of FHR, enables individuals in recovery to further explore self-expression and creativity. By integrating the arts as a therapeutic approach, Studio 35 has positively impacted persons served, staff, and communities where FHR provides services.

FHR Peer Support Worker Jonathan Pheeny, who has faced some of the same challenges that confront FHR consumers, planned and hosted the evening’s activities. Pheeny set a welcoming tone to the event, introducing each musical, visual art, comedy, and open mic performance. "Producing an event of this stature in the community gave me a great sense of accomplishment," he said.

A diverse group of performers graced the stage, including nationally recognized X Factor contestant Adley Morse and Studio 35 artist Mary Munsell. FHR staff prepared a delicious spread of treats, paired with freshly brewed coffee donated by Starbucks.

All of those present agreed that the night captured the collective efforts and involvement that FHR's clubhouse model represents. Tom Couhig, FHR Clubhouse Regional Director shared, "The night was all about the community coming together. To be a part of this level of creative talent was an inspirational experience for everyone.”

Frank Pace, FHR Townhouse Program Director added, "The event was a moving exchange of celebrating the journey and triumph over mental illness and stigma. It is moments like this that we work for."

For more information about FHR's Studio 35 program and upcoming creative events, please contact Studio 35 Artistic Leader Caroline Gates at 401-642-4431.