A Place Of Our Own Clubhouse
A Clubhouse is a community intentionally organized to support individuals living with the effects of mental illness. Through participation in a Clubhouse people are given the opportunities to rejoin the worlds of friendships, family, important work, employment, education, and to access the services and supports they may individually need. A Clubhouse is a restorative environment for people who have had their lives drastically disrupted, and need the support of others who believe that recovery from mental illness is possible for all.
Everyone in the Clubhouse is an equal member. Each member helps decide how to run the Clubhouse. Staff and Clubhouse members work together, side by side.
The Clubhouse community is a support system. Each member is included and encouraged to take part. Members take part as they feel ready.
The Clubhouse provides opportunities for members to return to paid employment.
This is an option, and it is not required. A Place of Our Own Clubhouse offers transitional work experience (TWE), supported employment (SE), and independent employment (IE).
The Clubhouse offers activities to help members become a part of their community. Together, members and staff organize these social activities. These activities could take place both at the Clubhouse or in the community. The Clubhouse also offers activities on the weekends, in the evenings, and on holidays.
When “I” is replaced with “We”, mental illness becomes wellness. Clubhouses are a powerful demonstration of the fact that people with mental illness can and do lead normal, productive lives.
— Clubhouse International
- Member must be willing and interested in participating in the Clubhouse program.
- Member must be at least 18 years old with a primary, validated DSM IV Axis I diagnosis of a serious mental illness.
- Member must live in Detroit or Wayne County.
- Member must identify psychosocial rehabilitative goals. For example: identify symptoms and plan for care. These goals must be achievable in a supportive and structured environment.
- Member is not able to carry tasks without psychosocial rehabilitative. These tasks include work, family and/or school responsibilities.
- Member must be able to take part in activities at the Clubhouse independently. Members cannot require regular ‘one-on-one’ staff supervision.
- Member must have official documentation of a recent medical and psychiatric evaluation. This evaluation must be from the last 12 months.
The individual’s community mental health case manager, therapist, or psychiatrist must complete a referral packet before their first day at the Clubhouse.Learn More
If you or someone you know needs mental health services, we can help you navigate the system.
For more information and to schedule a member-led tour of the Clubhouse contact us.
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Director, A Place of Our Own Clubhouse