© Dustin FensterMacher | Wonderful Machine
Marianne Emanuel was ready to give up on nursing in 1991. At 37, she'd worked in numerous settings, including hospitals, intensive care units, and doctor's offices. "After 17 years, I just couldn't find anything I really liked to do anymore."
From an agency, she learned about a job in a residence in Manhattan, now known as the Clinton Residence, which provided permanent housing to people who had been homeless and had schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder.
The idea of working with mentally ill people didn't appeal to Emanuel. During her training, she'd seen people with psychiatric illnesses warehoused in state hospitals. "It was all locked wards. You had a ring of keys...