Components of the Clubhouse
The daily activity of a Clubhouse is organized around a structured system known as the work-ordered day. The work-ordered day takes place during clubhouse house hours, which parallels the typical business hours of the working community where the Clubhouse is located. Members and staff work side by side, as colleagues to perform the work that is important to their community. All of the work in the Clubhouse is for the Clubhouse and not for any outside agency or business. There are no clinical therapies or treatment-oriented programs in the Clubhouse. Members volunteer to participate as they feel ready and according to their individual interests.
The Clubhouse work includes cooking and cleaning, gardening, fundraising, research, assisting each other with housing, outreach, intake and orientation of new members, new staff orientation, evaluation of Clubhouse effectiveness, administering the employment programs, assistance with education, planning social activities, and assisting members to obtain services from the wider community.
The Clubhouse assists members in finding opportunities to obtain paid employment. One of the work units tracks job openings. Staff educate employers on the ability of members to be meaningfully employed and seek to identify employers receptive to hiring members.
Transitional employment jobs are time-limited, wage-paying jobs that combine real work, skill development, and support services to help participants overcome substantial barriers to employment.
Supported employment is a program through which members, when ready, are given help from the Clubhouse to apply for and acquire a job of their own. Independent employment assistance is provided at the Clubhouse for members who are ready and want to find jobs on their own within the larger community.
Social and Recreational Programs
The Clubhouse organizes structured and non-structured social activities for the members. These activities are always scheduled outside the work day. On evenings and weekends, members and staff have the opportunity to get to know each other outside the pressures of the Clubhouse work day.
The Clubhouse assists members to complete education that has been disrupted or to start certificate and degree programs at academic or adult education programs. The Clubhouse may also take advantage of the talents and skills of staff and members to provide in-house educational opportunities.
Members are given support in acquiring and keeping affordable housing, good mental health and general medical services, government disability benefits, and any other services they may need.
Part of the daily work of the Clubhouse involves keeping track of members. When a member does not attend the Clubhouse, a “reachout” telephone call or visit is made to let the member know that he or she is missed.
Decision Making and Governance
Members and staff meet in open forums to discuss policy issues and future planning for the Clubhouse.