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Founders House of Hope

Founders Documentary

Beyond the Shadow of Mental Illness Part #1

In March of 2015, Founders House of Hope received a very generous donation in the amount of $25,000 from Halsey Minor.  The funds will be dedicated to funding the supported employment program at Founders, in addition to purchasing laptops, televisions and bicycles all intended to enhance the quality of life for residents pursuing their recovery program. 

Reaching Big and Wide Toward Recovery



Founders House of Hope is a 97 bed residential care center providing psychosocial and psychiatric

rehabilitation programing for consumers living with Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic

Disorders and Mood Disorders.  Residents are admitted to Founders from inpatient psychiatric

programs in Los Angels and Orange County, in addition to the VA in Long Beach and Los Angeles.  


The services provided by Founders Outreach, a nonprofit center managed by Dr. Levy include:


  • Supported Employment

  • Hope and Optimism

  • Assertion Training

  • Vocational Rehabilitation

  • Social Skills Training

  • Impulse Control

  • Self-Esteem Building

  • Building Resilience

  • Relapse Prevention

  • Symptom Management

  • Community Reintegration

  • Social Problem Solving

  • Creative Expression for residents pursuing artistic and writing talents


The psychosocial rehabilitation program and skill building groups are designed to increase our resident's capacity to manage their illness and increase level of functioning, build self-

determination and enhance quality of life. 


The program goals include building self-empowerment, self-determination and self-sustenance. Our consumers tend to feel neglected and socially isolated making it difficult to generate a positive evaluation of themselves.  The focus of the program is identifying capabilities and interests, developing vocational skills, consumer strength, instilling optimism and enlarging our consumer's identity from a one-dimensional to multi-dimensional identity and our services are seen as an evolving process.


The services represent reservoirs of hope.  All elements of the program contribute to creating a therapeutic milieu and environment of social caring.  A unique model of self-empowerment and reinforcement for effective decision making leading to increased life satisfaction is promoted in daily programming.

  • Program Objectives


  • Maximizing choice, increasing skills and competency and providing unconditional support.

  • Focusing on the consumer's aspirations and on the consumer's preferred level of intervention.

  • Instilling hope and vision that consumers can grow with and in their community.

  • Dedication to consumer empowerment and involvement of consumers in aspects of service

  • delivery. A strong commitment to improve the programs at Founders; developing innovative

  • skills basedgroups that foster desired change in the lives of consumers.

  • A strong commitment to achieving outcomes.


  Community Reintegration


  • Laguna Beach outing to the sea lion rescue and a picnic 

  • Picnics at Seal Beach (residents also get into the cold water)

  • Annual BBQ at El Dorado Park

  • Dinner outings to Belmont Shore in Long Beach

  • Participation at NAMI Walks at Irvine Regional Park

  • Visits to local museums

  • Day long outings to San Diego and La Jolla

  • Riding the Amtrak to San Juan Capstrano

  • Super Bowl pizza party


Program Accomplishments
  • In 2007, we filmed a documentary on mental illness titled "Beyond the Shadow of Mental by Illness" directed by Roni Kripper and produced by Elijah Levy.
  • In 2014 the residents self-published a book of poetry titled "Pages Left to Turn: Poetry by Restless Minds"
  • Several residents at Founders have self-published books of poetry.
These materials can be viewed by clicking on the button  Books by Elijah Levy on the upper left of this page.


Beyond the Shadow of Mental Illness Part #2

Dr.  Levy shopping at Costco for annual BBQ