Clubhouse is a social and vocational program that reduces isolation for those living with severe and persistent mental illness and provides support for their recovery. Fully accredited by the International Center on Clubhouse Development, it was founded on a concept pioneered by Fountain House in New York City. According to Fountain House, a Clubhouse “…is committed to helping people with mental illness stay out of hospitals while achieving educational, financial, and vocational goals.”
At Clubhouse, members and staff are equals. Both groups share responsibility for all aspects of day-to-day operation. It is this equality that makes Clubhouse different from other rehabilitation programs. By sharing responsibility, members are more motivated to come in regularly.
Clubhouse members work through their mental illness with the support of staff, along with others experiencing the same difficulties. For members, knowing they’re not alone makes a world of difference. We’ve also found that being part of a community helps members be more invested not only in their own recovery but that of others.
Membership never lapses and never expires. It carries with it four guaranteed rights:
- A place to come
- Meaningful relationships
- Meaningful work
- A place to return
Clubhouses affirm the value of members and their ability to be part of a meaningful community, no matter what their diagnosis may be. If you feel you or someone you love could benefit from Clubhouse membership, give us a call or come in today. We’d love to introduce you to the difference it can make.