From its inception, Fountain House + Body has been a community endeavor, with staff and members of Fountain House working side by side to develop soap recipes, research market trends, and find the right location for our shop. We took inspiration from the work-ordered units of Fountain House, our rehabilatative clubhouse, as well as from the plastic free and zero waste movements to design a store that is both a rehabilitative space for people recovering from serious mental illness and a resource for durable, reusable, and beautiful cleaning products and home goods.
Every morning, members and staff prepare small batches of natural soap using olive oil, coconut oil, shea butter, natural clays and essential oils. We cook up batches of liquid Castile soap from scratch as well, which we use as an essential ingredient in our cleaning solutions. Customers can choose from over 30 essential oils to customize their bottles of all-purpose spray, glass cleaner, hand soap, dish soap, or room spray. Or they can choose an (unscented, probiotic) mold & mildew remediation spray or a citrus fruit and herb-infused cleaning vinegar. All of our solutions are sold in glass bottles, and customers can bring bottles back for refill.
We’re also excited to bring a highly-curated selection of eco-conscious and no/low-plastic home and bath goods to SoHo, from companies including Iris Hantverk, KeepCup, Colony & Co, Soma, Bee’s Wrap, Big Dipper Wax Works, Coyuchi, Organic Initiative and Bippy.
Fountain House + Body is located at 105 Thompson Street, between Spring and Prince streets. We’re open seven days a week: 10am - 8pm on weekdays and 10am - 6pm on the weekends. You can reach us at 646-791-5555 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since its inception, employment has been the cornerstone of Fountain House’s programming as it is the activity that most clearly speaks to the fundamental belief that people with serious mental illness can become productive members of society. Currently, Fountain House members – individuals living with serious mental illness – work at over 40 major corporations and have achieved an employment rate double the US average for people with mental illness.
After an opportunity to temporarily run a local hardware store in 2018, staffed entirely with our members, Fountain House decided that our very own brick-and-mortar was the next step in the development of our world-class employment programs. We intended to create a space for members and social workers to work side-by-side bringing beautiful, high-quality goods and a warm, community experience to our neighbors outside the House.
The Fountain House community has a long history of collaboratively running businesses: from a Chock Full o’Nuts coffee shop and a war wash in the 1960’s to our pest remediation, housekeeping and jewelry-making social cooperatives in the in the 2000’s.
In 2013, Fountain House started social enterprises in response to a highly competitive market environment and an increase in outsourcing of the types of jobs Fountain House members traditionally held. What began as one company employing 3 individuals with serious mental illness has grown to 5 businesses employing more than 100 people each year.