In 1994, David Mailey wrote this note about his life. He considers the Woodlawn center a second home. Mailey credits the staff, especially his counselor who recently retired, for helping him maintain some stability in his life. At the center, his medication is monitored and he participates in group therapy sessions. One of his favorite activities is putting together a newsletter, "Woodlawn Connections," several photocopied pages of poems, news articles and tidbits about historic figures such as Olympic athlete Jesse Owens. He calls it "my baby." Mailey goes to the clinic almost every day to find the one thing he cannot easily get anywhere else. "The center is my refuge," he said.
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