In 1982, community members had a growing concern about the lack of transitional care for psychiatric patients. With better medication and treatments, psychiatric patients were often being discharged with little or no long-term support. The idea came from the hope of creating a safe, accepting place where people living with a mental illness could gather and share struggles and triumphs.
In 1983, Crocus was incorporated and opened its first office in the Avenue Building. A few years later Crocus moved to 211 5th Avenue North where membership began to steadily increase and members created the Work Program as finding employment seemed to be a common challenge.
After several moves and a lot of hard work, in 2010, Crocus was able to purchase its first building at 135 Avenue B South, which we still call home today. Since 1983, Crocus has gained over 2,000 lifetime members. This number continues to grow as the awareness of mental illness continues to rise and Crocus continues to challenge the stigma of mental illness with programs that provide tangible opportunities and significant benefits for our members.