Inner City Clubhouse
The Clubhouse is a voluntary program designed to address the needs of people with psychiatric disabilities as they manage their illness and rejoin the world of employment, education, family and friends. People who come to the Clubhouse are called members. The Clubhouse offers them a welcoming environment where meaningful tasks need to be accomplished by the membership. Members are expected to operate their Clubhouse by taking on essential tasks as part of a work-ordered day. The group is self governing with guidance and support from staff. Members and staff work side by side to accomplish Clubhouse member goals. The program philosophy is based on the Fountain House model of psychosocial rehabilitation. The Clubhouse program supports member choice from the start of intake and provides activities in a safe environment designed to improve the member’s ability to become self-reliant, self supportive and productive. It is a holistic, recovery-oriented approach where members practice the social skills needed to function in a community.
Members are accepted into the program after a two-week pre-enrollment visitation period, during which the prospective member is provided with the opportunity to participate in activities, attend member meetings and complete the assessment process. The evaluation process includes the input of the prospective member, the referral source and the Clubhouse orientation team, which includes both clubhouse members and staff. NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION: 10:30AM Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays in the Inner City Clubhouse.
Open five days a week from 7:30am-3:30pm, the Clubhouse provides support, social opportunities, skill building activities and recovery for adults diagnosed with a severe and persistent mental illness. The program is an intentional design targeted at addressing client psychological and vocational needs. The program structure provides a wide range of rehabilitative, social/recreational, recovery and pre-vocational services aimed at reducing symptoms of psychiatric disorders by utilizing each client’s strengths to develop the ability to live, learn and work in the community. The Clubhouse is staffed by a Master’s level team leader, rehabilitation specialists and Clubhouse members.