Welcome to the club house!
One of the key principles of the Clubhouse Model is providing “meaningful work.” Putting this principle into practice, we operate a variety of programs to help members develop employment skills and opportunities. The first step is participation in the Day Program’s work units, where members and staff work together to provide the clubhouse with its needed services. In addition to helping members find ways to be productive and fulfilled, this provides an opportunity to build relationships, fulfill social needs, and have fun!
We plan, prepare, and serve meals each day. We pull from our own vegetable and herb gardens and also shop for food together at UCAN, Costco, and other places. Members and staff work on keeping our own budget for all the meal expenses.
We keep logs on member attendance, statistics on member reachout, a budget, a weekly newsletter for our members and staff, and a quarterly newsletter for our donors, other Clubhouses, and local NAMI members.
Landscaping & Gardening Unit
In the summer we have a vegetable and herb garden to keep up, as well as flowers and grass to take care of. Weeding, watering, and mowing are included in this unit for members to be able to get out and enjoy working in the fresh air and sunshine.
The Clubhouse also assists members with other things, including but not limited to, housing, employment, education, and social needs. The Clubhouse Model believes in the importance of helping members reintegrate into society and achieve independence and self-support. This is to restore self-respect, confidence, and purpose to their lives. In addition to having a family-like atmosphere during the work-ordered day at the Clubhouse, we also host social events every month and on major holidays which members and staff do the planning for.
Let’s make a difference for mental health.
Here are some exciting statistics on the outcomes from the Clubhouse Model:
- Employment, with longer on-the-job tenure for members engaging in Clubhouse Transitional Employment.
- Cost effective, compared to other mental healthcare approaches. The cost of Clubhouses estimated to be one-third of the cost of the IPS model; about half the annual costs of Community Mental Health Centers; and substantially less than the ACT model.
- A significant decrease in hospitalizations as a result of membership in a Clubhouse program enhance mental and physical health by reducing disconnectedness.
- Reduced incarcerations, with criminal justice system involvement substantially diminished during and after Clubhouse psychosocial program membership.
- Improved Well-Being compared with individuals receiving psychiatric services without Clubhouse membership. Clubhouse members were significantly more likely to report that they had close friendships and someone they could rely on when they needed help.
- Better physical and mental health. A recent study suggests that service systems like Clubhouses that offer ongoing social supports enhance mental and physical health by reducing disconnectedness.