Plymouth Healing Communities breaks the cycle of hospitalization and homelessness by providing companionship, housing and deep respect to homeless individuals living with mental illness.
Plymouth Healing Communities (PHC) is a major mission project of Plymouth Church, growing out of Plymouth’s mental health ministry. Helping stop the revolving door between hospitalization and life on the street, PHC was formed in 2000 to address specific needs of people who are homeless and mentally ill. PHC began by purchasing a house on Beacon Hill with a Plymouth church loan. This property became the House of Healing. Since the house opened in 2001, 165+ residents and 61+ companions have lived at the house, building and reforming communities together and enriching each others' lives. This residential model has been very effective in creating a period of respite for vulnerable adults as they reconnect to community resources, develop healthy living patterns, and learn to receive care that is life-affirming and respectful. In addition to providing housing, PHC reaches out to isolated individuals through its community companionship program. Volunteers provide companionship support to residents and alumni of the House of Healing.
PHC is now in the rennovation phase of a second House of Healing next door to the original home. Eng House is scheduled to be complete and ready for residents in 2019.
Through the generosity of its board, donors and Plymouth Church, PHC continues to reach out, renew hope and rebuild lives. Plymouth Healing Communities has been honored with a Dell award from the national office of the United Church of Christ for excellence in mental health ministry. It has also received an Exemplary Service Award from King County for Service Innovation. While PHC is now a separate nonprofit organization, its offices are located downtown, withing Plymouth Church. Plymouth Church is proud to have created Plymouth Healing Communities and continues to support PHC in a variety of ways.