Introduced Version




        A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION recognizing the Carriage House on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of its founding.

Wyss, Long, Kruse

    _______________________, read first time and referred to Committee on


First Regular Session 115th General Assembly (2007)


        A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION recognizing the Carriage House on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of its founding.

    Whereas, The Carriage House, founded in 1997 through a partnership with Park Center and the Fort Wayne chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, has a singular mission of "helping adults reclaim their lives from the devastation of mental illness";

    Whereas, The National Institute of Mental Health Fact Sheet reports that an estimated 22.1% of Americans ages 18 and older suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder;

    Whereas, When this data is applied to the 2000 U.S .Census information for Allen County, it translates to over 54,000 adults suffering from mental illness;

    Whereas, The Carriage House helps these people lead more productive lives and avoid the despair that often results from time spent in hospitals or jails;

    Whereas, The Carriage House has a total membership of 683 people of which about 220 actively participate; the dedicated staff has already helped over 150 people reenter the workforce and more than 100 people work toward their educational goals;

    Whereas, Members of the Carriage House work side by side with staff in a non-traditional setting on meaningful activities to help build the confidence and self-esteem

necessary to reclaim their lives;

    Whereas, The Carriage House is a day program where members can be found working hand in hand with staff on tasks they might be asked to do in a work environment, such as entering data into computers, preparing food, writing a nationally distributed newsletter, and hiring and evaluating staff;

    Whereas, The Carriage House uses the "Clubhouse Model" of psycho-social rehabilitation, which is based on a set of 36 standards ratified by the International Center for Clubhouse Development; and

    Whereas, Through assistance with employment, education, housing, and other needs, the Carriage House ensures that members have real opportunities to improve their lives: Therefore,

Be it resolved by the Senate of the General Assembly

of the State of Indiana, the House of Representatives concurring:

    SECTION 1. That the Indiana General Assembly wishes to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of the Carriage House and the many contributions it has made to the citizens of Indiana who are in need of help to make their lives more productive.
    SECTION 2. That copies of this resolution be transmitted by the Secretary of the Senate to Patsy Dumas, President of the Board of Directors of the Carriage House and Alexander (Andy) Wilson, Executive Director of the Carriage House.