What is a Clubhouse?
A Clubhouse is an employment and recovery center that offers people with mental health conditions hope and opportunities to achieve their full potential. Much more than simply a program or a social service, a Clubhouse provides its members with the opportunity to be part of a successful community that is restorative and builds dignity and self-esteem. During the course of participation in a Clubhouse, members gain access to opportunities to connect with community, employment, education and friendships; and are enabled to take ownership of their own recovery.
Clubhouse participants are known as “members”, not patients or clients. Members are unique individuals who possess talents, strengths, and abilities which when combined, assist in making the Clubhouse come alive. This sense of membership, support, and belonging are at the very heart of the Clubhouse. Clubhouse communities recognize, encourage, and focus on the inherent value and potential of each person involved. We believe that each member can recover from the effects of mental illness and lead satisfying, productive lives.
A Clubhouse guarantees its membership four basic rights:
- A guaranteed right to a place to come
- A guaranteed right to meaningful work
- A guaranteed right to meaningful relationships
- A guaranteed right to a place to return
Members and staff work together in all phases of Clubhouse operation. The primary goals of the Clubhouse are to provide a supportive environment where members can regain job skills, find employment, reduce hospitalizations, secure decent housing and develop meaningful relationships. Emphasis is placed on reintegration into the community.
Members have the opportunity to choose and pursue their individual goals and in the process, help the Clubhouse grow.
Elliot House Clubhouse is conveniently located right off of the highway on Highland Avenue in Needham, MA. It is a warm, inviting environment where we offer adults with a history of mental illness a community that is built on peer support and rehabilitation. Our recovery oriented programs help individuals gain self-confidence, build employment skills, and foster relationships. Clubhouse members and staff work together in all elements of Clubhouse operations. Our Work-Ordered Day is the backbone of our program and offers members the opportunity to engage in the community and build skills such as banking and budgeting skills, food service, newsletter production, and maintenance, while working alongside staff and other members to contribute to the overall goals of Elliot House. We also offer employment and housing support, dual recovery meetings, health & wellness programs, and social events. We invite you to come learn what we’re about! Contact us here.
Each year Riverside Community Care provides more than 40,000 children, adolescents, and adults with a broad range of behavioral healthcare and human services. We offer mental healthcare, developmental and brain injury services, youth and early childhood programs, addiction treatment, trauma response, and more.
You can count on Riverside when you or someone you know needs help. We take your trust seriously and work hard to make a difference by delivering compassionate, locally-based, integrated care.
We are proud to be an award-winning, non-profit organization offering emergency care, urgent and outpatient services, in-home and residential care, psychiatric day programming, early intervention, employment support and domestic violence services throughout eastern and central Massachusetts. We partner with local hospitals and physicians, and we work with most insurers and MassHealth. And, Riverside is where your community, schools, and workplaces turn when faced with the emotional aftermath of tragic events such as teen suicides or natural disasters.