The Coalition for Community Living Blog


The purpose of this blog is to spread the news of an incredible and under-utilized community mental health model known as the “Fairweather Lodge.”  (The “Lodge” model, sometimes known as the “Community Lodge,” is often referred to as the “Fairweather Lodge” in reference to the late George W. Bill Fairweather, who developed the model in the early 1960s.) 

Breakthrough Moments in The Lodge

A Post by Bruce Ario

Fairweather is a Umbrella

A post by Bruce Ario

The Lodge as a Stepping Stone

A post by Bruce Ario


A post by Bill McHenry...

Are Lodges Breeding Grounds for Fame?

A post by Bruce Ario

The Justice of the Lodge

A post by Bruce Ario

Lodge Member of the Year!

A Post by Bill McHenry

2021 George W. (Bill) Fairweather Innovation Award

Perham 180, in Perham, Minnesota was created in 2018, using Fairweather and CCL principles, to assist folks struggling with housing, employment and recovery. Many Perham 180 residents have poor work histories – not the type of folks most employers are willing to hire. But Darrin and Aimie took the time to meet with, and more importantly, to listen to the Perham 180 residents, to see past their previous struggles, and to recognize their potential as employees. This led to Kit Master & Swan Machine "relaxing" some of their hiring standards and becoming more flexible regarding scheduled hours, e.g., not immediately requiring 40 hours per week from people who had been out of the workforce. And even when some have struggled after beginning their employment, Kit Master & Swan Machine has shown extraordinary understanding, empathy, and encouragement. 

Lodge of the Year (2021)

A post by John K. Trepp

Life after the Fairweather Lodge

A post by Brendan Bayer

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