Fairweather Lodge

Fairweather Lodge residential and vocational support program

A lodge is a living arrangement designed specifically for persons with mental illness who are active members of society and wish to live independently. Those who benefit most are persons who may not be able to afford things like rent, food, transportation and utilities on their own but could do so with the help of other house mates.

Lodge members share in the day-to-day experiences of running a home and do so more affordably than if they lived on their own. Lodge members create their own house rules and manage their own activities. Lodges are member-managed. Staff assist only as needed and are available in emergency situations. On-site staff is very limited as the goal of the lodge is to promote independent living with minimal assistance. 

What are the benefits of living in a Fairweather Lodge?

Stairways Behavioral Health currently operates the highest number of lodges in any county across the commonwealth. In addition, Stairways is designated by the commonwealth of Pennsylvania to train other counties in establishing Fairweather Lodge programs in their communities.  Contact our consultant for more information.


About the Program

The Fairweather Lodge Program was developed by Dr. George Fairweather in California in 1963. Through extensive studies, Fairweather found that people with serious mental illness are less likely to return to the hospital when they live and work together as a group – rather than living and working individually.

Fairweather’s research also showed that the Lodge Program helps people stay in the community longer, provides more employment opportunities, and costs less than conventional treatment programs.

Because of the success of the original groups, the Fairweather Lodge Program has expanded considerably.

More information about Dr. George Fairweather and Fairweather Lodge parent organization, the Coalition for Community Living, may be found at: www.theccl.org.

Contact Information and Location Map

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Fairweather Lodge
Tina Loomis 814.878.2106
E-mail: tloomis@stairwaysbh.org

510 West 10th Street
Erie, PA 16502
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