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RENAISSANCE: A Path to Hopes and Dreams

Program Director: Melissa Shuster, MA, LPC, CPRP, CCDP-D

Who is served?

You are served if you are an adult recovering from serious mental health problems or you are recovering from serious mental health problems and substance abuse problems.

Why is the service offered?

Renaissance helps you to recover from mental illness and/or substance abuse problems. You will learn skills to improve your decision making ability and manage symptoms of your illness. Renaissance also helps you to identify and attain goals of independent living, learning, working, socializing and self-maintenance/wellness.

What is the service?

  • On your first visit to the program, you will meet with a clinical supervisor who will introduce you to the staff and other participants. You will review activities which are available in the program and the supervisor will answer any questions you may have. An attendance schedule will be developed with you during this meeting.
  • Your counselor will meet with you and together you will identify goals which are meaningful for you.
  • Together with your counselor, you will develop a rehabilitation plan. This plan will support you in being successful in the goals you choose.
  • Your counselor and other program staff will assist you in learning skills both at the site and in the community. Community skill building opportunities might include learning how to use community resources, such as public transportation, markets, banks, cultural and educational resources.
  • You will participate in groups that teach you about your illness and support you in managing your symptoms, making positive choices and self-directing your recovery.
  • You may choose to participate in the computer workshop at Renaissance.
  • You will receive assistance in accessing a volunteer job, job training or job placement services if you are interested in working.
  • You will meet with a PATH psychiatrist who will complete an evaluation and may prescribe medication for you, if indicated and desired.
  • You may decide to meet regularly with a therapist to address anxieties, conflicts in your relationships or other issues that concern you. Together with your therapist, you will develop a plan to make positive changes in your life and recover from mental illness.
  • You may decide to meet with a consistent group of individuals, who experience similar challenges as you, for group therapy sessions. Together you will develop ways to resolve or cope with these problems.
  • You will receive assistance with obtaining needed resources such as financial benefits, medical benefits, housing and transportation.
  • You will be able to contact a Renaissance staff person for help whenever you experience a crisis, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Where is the service located?

1919 Cottman Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19111
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When is this service available?
  • Monday through Friday - 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Evening hours are available as requested by program participants.
  • Saturday and Sunday Hours are available as requested by program participants
  • Individual Skill Teaching occurs 24/7 as required to meet your goals.
You are eligible to receive services if:
  • You reside in Philadelphia and you have Medical Assistance (MA).
  • You reside in PATH’s service area and you do not have health insurance.
  • If you have any other health insurance, please call PATH to determine your eligibility.
How do I contact PATH?

Please call 215-728-4565 to schedule an appointment or to obtain additional information.

"I can not believe how understanding and compassionate the doctors, counselors and nurse are at PATH."

Marilyn, a Renaissance Participant


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