Work-Ordered Day. The Clubhouse is designed to provide the opportunity to work for all members organized around a work-ordered day. The work-ordered day is an eight hour period, Monday through Friday, during which members and staff work together as colleagues to carry out the tasks involved in running 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.
Employment Programs: The Clubhouse provides members with opportunities to return to paid employment. Transitional employment is a highly structured program for members returning to work. The Clubhouse contracts with employers for jobs that it guarantees to fill. The Clubhouse then trains members to do the job and assures that a member or staff person fulfills the commitment. These placements generally are part- time, include a lot of support from the Clubhouse staff, and last from 6-9 months. When concluding a placement, the member can choose to try another placement or move to supported or independent 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. Assistance from the Clubhouse, either at the Clubhouse or on-site when requested, is available. 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.
Community Support: 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.
Educational Opportunities: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.
Reach-Out: Part of the daily work of the Clubhouse involves keeping track of members. When a member does not attend the Clubhouse, a "reach out" 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.