As we continue to celebrate May, Mental Health Awareness Month, the members of Goodwill’s Citiview Connections Clubhouse will hold an art show/exhibit on Thursday, May 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend the event, which will take place at 33-24 Northern Blvd. 3rd Floor Long Island City, NY 11101.

Artists like Laura Ann Walker, a 56-year-old Queens resident who had to stop teaching forever after having a nervous breakdown at age 35 when her mother died in 1993. She has been unable to go back to work full-time due to bipolar type schizo-affective disorder. She has been in and out of psychiatric wards, attended continuous day treatment programs. Finally, in the late 90’s she met someone who introduced her to art and painting. This is her new passion and what keeps her going.

Come to honor the artistic talent of the Citiview members and our community partners, who help us fight the stigma that often leads to isolation and lowered self-esteem.

The mission of Citiview Connections Clubhouse is to provide social support and opportunities to help members achieve their social, financial, educational, and vocational goals, and to eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness, substance use, and homelessness.

Citiview is a project of Goodwill Industries of Greater NY and Northern NJ that offers social and placement support services for New York residents with mental illness.

Refreshments will be provided. To RSVP to attend the Citiview art show, please contact Russ Roten, Citiview Connections Clubhouse Director, at rroten@goodwillnynj.org or (718) 361-7030.

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