Queens bookstore helps employees improve their lives

News
This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

QUEENS — It may look like just another shop on Bell Boulevard in Bayside Queens. But “Turn The Page Again” has a special mission.

Everyone who works there has a psychiatric disability.

“They may have a diagnosis of schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder,” explained Turn the Page Again founder Larry Grubler.

Nina Cassisus is the Assistant Manager — she also lives with dysthymic disorder, a chronic form of depression.

“I’ve been through a lot of hospitalizations, and a lot of medication regimes, and I used to hurt myself and it was a lot,” Cassius explained.

Her life began to turn around once she started working at Turn The Page Again.

“I liked coming to work, I liked having some money in my pocket, I liked being kind of valuable,” she told us.

Turn The Page Again is open seven days a week. Many of the books are donated by the public. Nothing costs more than $5.

For customers, Grubler hopes by shopping at Turn the Page Again “can help break the stigma of mental illness. Once they interact with someone who’s working in the bookstore and not feel afraid.”

Copyright 2022 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Connect with PIX11 Online

Connect with PIX11 Online

Trending Stories

Follow us on Facebook

Don't Miss

@PIX11News on Twitter