A LETTER FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
To provide basic needs including a private room, three nutritious meals each day, 24/7 staff on site,
support for a drug and alcohol-free environment, life skills teaching, and medication
administration. Our community includes adult men and women, 18 years and older, who
have experienced homelessness, mental illness or drug addictions. Martin House is a
private, nonprofit corporation with a Board of Directors and a capacity of 54 residents.
Martin House has been in operation since 1982. Originally on the grounds of Norwich State Hospital, Martin House moved to the Uncas on Thames Campus, in 1998. The need for Martin House was the result of a collaboration among the City of Norwich, St. Vincent DePaul's Place Soup Kitchen, Norwich business owners and caring, community citizens. Deinstitutionalization, a process that involved discharging patients from a hospital level of care to the community triggered concern for the well-being and quality of life for those discharged.
Stigma experienced by people who have been diagnosed with a mental illness and/or addictions often results in low self-esteem, and feelings of hopelessness. Setting up housing, finances, treatment for medical/psychiatric services and is an overwhelming task. Martin House provides a foundation for residents, freeing them up to focus on their recovery journey. Everyone deserves a safe place to live!