Do you know what a Clubhouse is or how it works???

I’m actually glad this question was asked!!! I thought I knew what a clubhouse was, but turns out I had a very limited knowledge of what one really is… As I was doing some research, I learned some new, interesting facts!!! Know you get to learn them, too!!!
The thing I liked best about Clubhouses is that the people who utilize them are not ‘clients’ or ‘patients’; they are ‘members’… There’s nothing clinical about Clubhouses… There are no psychiatrists or therapists… They don’t focus on your mental illness or how sick you may or may not be… Clubhouses are voluntarily attended programs that focus on the strengths and abilities of the member…
Clubhouses have many different functions… One thing they do is help the members with their education goals… They can help them get their GED or post-secondary education… They assist in all parts of the education process, from applying, to financial aid, to helping with the learning process… Some even provide education right there in the Clubhouse…
Another thing Clubhouses help their members with is employment… They can help you find part-time, temporary work, or they can help find a permanent job-full or part-time… They can help you with every aspect of getting a job… They teach you to write a resume (they don’t do it for you; they actually teach you!!!) Clubhouse members can get help, also, in figuring out what kind of job you would be good at, and where you could find a job that you will also like… Members get help with the application, and learning skills for a good interview…
Not only do Clubhouses provide those life-skills where your brain is actually involved, (thinking… Ugh!!!) but they provide ways to learn social skills as well… This is done in a fun way… There could be parties, dances, get-togethers, etc that happen, not just with the members, but with the whole community… The members get a chance to interact with the general public through different outings, such as art shows, sporting events, shopping, etc… These social events usually occur in the evenings or on weekends and holidays…
I think Clubhouses sound really nifty and like a great way to get past the fact that you have a mental illness, and a way to get to know the “human” part of yourself… You know, the part that you want everyone to know…
I am going to end this post with the four rights of membership:
1. A right to a place to come
2. A right to meaningful relationships
3. A right to meaningful work
4. A right to a place to return
God bless!!!

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