The Momentum Center for Social Engagement is a hybrid social and recreational program for adults with mental illness, addictions, and disabilities. This presentation will describe the methods and structures used to create an empathy-focused environment that has a positive effect on the overall mood and health of members, including statistically significant improvements in depression, anxiety, and loneliness. Research shows that people need positive community spaces, but not what those spaces look like or how they operate. The Momentum Center
creates a safe place for marginalized populations, human connection for people at risk of isolation, and social integration as a means of reducing stigma. This model works and can be used in any community as a complement to mental health clinical and therapeutic services to improve the life quality of people who struggle with mental illness, addictions, and disabilities.