People with disabilities experience a lot of discrimination in our society. Growing up I always wanted a place where I would not be seen as a person with mental illness, but just a person like everyone else. I finally found that place when I came to Venture House. This is a great place because members feel free to express themselves without fear of stigma or discrimination. Being a part of Venture House has been such a great experience for me. This place has helped me in many ways emotionally and mentally. I found something to live for within myself. By sharing my ideas and experiences I am able to help myself and those around me. I now realize how valuable I am. I also have the most positive outlook on life that I’ve had in years. I plan to go back to school sometime soon. My goal is to learn more about mental health so I can use that knowledge to help more people have a better life.