Focus Clubhouse will be open to any adult who has a diagnosis of mental illness. There is an application process and membership is strictly voluntary. The daily activity of a Clubhouse is organized around a structured system called a work-ordered day. This is an eight hour period, usually Monday through Friday, which parallels the working hours of the business community. During this time, members and staff work together as colleagues to carry out the tasks involved in running a Clubhouse. Members volunteer to participate according to their individual interests. Clubhouse work units include cooking and cleaning, gardening, fundraising, research, assisting each other with housing, outreach, new staff orientation, assistance with education, administering the employment programs, planning social activities, intake and orientation of new members, evaluation of Clubhouse effectiveness and outreach.
Some of our basic components are:
- Employment Programs- We offer three types of paid employment programs which train and support a member’s return to financial independence and dignity.
- Education- We provide tutoring and/or assistance to our members who may want to obtain a high school diploma or even attend college.
- Community Support- Members are assisted with needs such as accessing healthcare services, acquiring homes, filing for benefits, and transportation to work and appointments.
- Reach Out- When members are absent or unable to attend, Clubhouse peers will contact them to offer support and remind them that they are missed.
- Socialization - Regular activities are planned for members on random evenings and holidays to foster friendship and a sense of belonging.