Finding Hope and Independence:

Claire’s Journey with Salus

A self-proclaimed chatterbox, Claire Burrows loves to be around people and bring people together.

Just recently, Claire joined Mark MacAulay, Salus Executive Director, and Lindsay Taub, Salus Board Member, for an interview on An Hour to Give local radio show.

Claire talked about her experience with mental illness, the role Salus played in her recovery, and what she aspires to do now that she is living independently.

Claire heard about Salus’ services and knew that our combination of housing and mental health support would be key for her recovery journey ahead – in her words it just “made sense.”

Pictured left to right: Camille Therriault-Power (Salus Board Chair), Claire Burrows (Salus client), and Denyse Lacroix (Salus Rehabilitation Worker)

She toured our Fisher building – Salus Transitional Rehabilitation Program – experienced our welcoming staff, and made a new friend during this time. Her visit confirmed Claire’s conviction, and within a week, she had moved into our Fisher building. 

Acknowledged widely as a cutting-edge approach to recovery support, Salus Transitional Rehabilitation Programs assist adults recovering from mental illness while living in a community setting. Over the next 12 months at Fisher, Claire’s level of independence increased as she developed key life skills and abilities through daily programming.

Claire is particularly proud of how she learned to be more assertive, say “no” and advocate for others. As part of the Recreology program, Claire joined the biking group and would go on bike rides around the canal. She also quickly built her reputation as an amazing cook and baker! The Community Developer at Fisher noticed her passion for food and encouraged Claire to complete a food safety training course – she was eventually awarded a Food Handler’s certificate.

What made Claire’s experience even better was having a Salus Case Worker to help her along the way. Claire says having a Case Worker to help is the icing on the cake. “It’s just really nice to have someone to talk to.”

After graduating from Fisher, Claire moved into our Gladstone independent living apartment building, where she continues to cook and bake for her community and receives support from a Case Worker and onsite Community Developer.

Looking to the future, Claire is working on finding employment and hopes to inspire people who may be in the position that she was once in. Claire wants to let people know that “there is hope for everyone and that it’s not the end of the road—it keeps on going.”

We are honored to have played a role in Claire’s journey and look forward to seeing all the amazing things she will accomplish.

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