A nonprofit organization created out of love to advocate for mental health intervention and to nurture an inspirational legacy through community involvement and support.

Meg's Story

Beloved daughter, sister, fiancé, aunt, niece, cousin, and friend, Megan Elizabeth Garbach was a ray of sunshine in every life that she touched.  Selfless, loving, giving, faithful, free-spirited, loyal, creative, silly, witty and "champion of the underdog" – these are some of the words that best describe Meg. She found joy in the simple things life had to offer and cherished her relationship with nature.  Meg had a smile that could light up any room. Truly, her smile mirrors her soul.



The MEG’s Gift Board has selected East House to be the primary beneficiary of funds raised in 2021. Incorporated in 1966 as a non-profit agency, it began as a safe and supportive transitional residence for persons leaving psychiatric hospitals who were not yet ready to live on their own. It was the first "halfway" house for persons in recovery from mental illness in New York State. From this one house on Dartmouth Street in Rochester with three employees, East House has grown into a comprehensive rehabilitation agency with 210 employees that provides several levels of supervised and independent housing options along with a comprehensive array of programs and services for over 1500 persons annually in the Greater Rochester area who are recovering from persistent mental illness and/or substance use disorders.



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