More than 25 years ago, economic, social and medical conditions, particularly the development of powerful psychotropic medicines, converged to spawn a serious effort to empty and close large psychiatric hospitals. In order for people to leave those institutions, there needed to be alternative services available in their home communities to support their psychological well-being, growth and development.
that time, many Community Service Boards, including the one in
With the help of the community and the Richmond Chapter of United Way, we raised enough money to develop and house the program, and we entered into a contractual relationship with Hanover CSB.
Sunrise House program was modeled after the most highly regarded program at
that time, the Fountain House clubhouse, which began in
are incredibly proud of the
2004, HMHA and Hanover CSB began conversations to prepare for another change.
As a result, in 2005, the CSB began operating the psychosocial program, moving
it into another facility and renaming it RAFT House. The HMHA board then began
a planning process, which led to the renovation of Sunrise House and plans for
its use in new and important ways to continue serving the citizens of
In January 2010, we rededicated our house and created The Tom Hale III Education Center at Sunrise House as a place for educational, leadership, training and professional development programs for consumers, their families, professionals and the public.
we enter this new phase of our history, we are proud to be supporting the
educational, advocacy and leadership objectives of our parent organization, Mental