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Dinner Theatre Features Talents of Folks Struggling with Mental Illness

Posted on May 6, 2016 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

"Aint No Stopping Us Now"

People with mental illness served by Catholic Charities Beacon of Hope House sang and chanted, “Ain’t no stopping us now" at their annual talent show and dinner theatre held Wednesday, May 4, at Catholic Charities Kennedy Center in Harlem. Staff joined with board members and volunteers to celebrate and facilitate the event.

The show, with performances and emceed by those served by Beacon of Hope, marked a moment of victory over struggles that too often pull them down.  Performers/clients touched audience hearts with songs that included “Hold on Help Is on the Way,” original poems like “How the Beacon of Hope Saved My Life,” and, of course, “Amazing Grace.”
There were dances and moments of comedy as well, including the “Let’s Go Crazy” performance by a client from Beacon of Hope supportive housing.

Beacon of Hope House operates residences in the Bronx, Staten Island and Brooklyn for over 400 people with serious mental illness. Its focus, as highlighted by the talent show, is to enable its residents to live as independently – and joyfully -- as possible.

The senior adjusting to recent blindness, the developmentally disabled childand the emotionally challenged adult need the intensive care and support provided by Catholic Charities to live with dignity and in safety. Through a network of specialized services, Catholic Charities cares compassionately for the most vulnerable New Yorkers – non-Catholics and Catholics alike.

The show marked another moment of victory towards this goal.  The final chorus of their group performance summed it up:  

“I want ya’ll to listen. To every word I say, every word I say! Ain’t no Stopping us now!  We’re on the move! We’ve got the groove!”

There's no stopping us - so contact us if you or someone you know face challenges and need help.