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GIVING BACK
Making a difference in
the lives of others.

Giving Back: Ian Panyko
NOW THAT SPRING IS RUSHING
H E A D LO N G I N T O S U M M E R ,
you may be looking for a lunch spot with
outdoor seating. Look no further than Café
The Lodge at 427 East Fourth Street. Not
only does it have a diverse selection of great
food and a tranquil terrace in the back, it
focuses on employing and empowering
those with mental health diagnoses.
Partially funded by Northampton
County Mental Health, Café The Lodge
is a vocational program based on the
Fairweather Lodge Housing Model, where
its consumers live together in a small

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community and support each other daily.
"Our program is really interesting," says
Ian Panyko, Program Director, "because
we don't say, here's what you need to do.
Instead, we ask, what do you need to do
to be well?"
For Ian, the connection to the program's
mission is personal. "I have a family
member who has some pretty severe
mental illness," he says, "so there's this
natural kind of draw to it."
The Lodge itself is a housing program
for 12 individuals in the community who

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all have mental health diagnoses. Its end
goal is independent housing-while the
end goal for the Café is to give people the
skills for competitive employment in the
community, whether in another restaurant
or somewhere else.
In the meantime, Ian is working on
updating the restaurant space, getting
some local artwork for sale through the
Café, and growing their catering business.
"The more business we can achieve, the
bigger the program can get."
Learn more at cafethelodge.org.


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