A Clubhouse is first and foremost a local community center that offers individuals with mental illness hope and opportunities to achieve their full potential. Much more than simply a program or social service, a Clubhouse is most importantly a community of people who are working together to achieve a common goal.
The Clubhouse of Lehigh County is modeled after Fountain House, the original Clubhouse established in 1948. The Clubhouse model embodies the belief that persons with mental illness can be productive and successful in both the workplace and their personal lives.
A Clubhouse is a community intentionally organized to support individuals living with the effects of mental illness. Through participation in a Clubhouse, people are given the opportunities to rejoin the worlds of friendships, family, important work, employment, education, and to access the services and supports they may individually need. A Clubhouse is a restorative environment for people who have had their lives drastically disrupted, and need the support of others who believe that recovery from mental illness is possible for all.
A Clubhouse follows The International Standards for Clubhouse Programs. The standards are consensually agreed unpon by the worldwide Clubhouse community, define the Clubhouse Model of rehabilitation. The principles expressed in these Standards are at the heart of the Clubhouse community’s success in helping people with mental illness to stay out or hospitals while achieving social, financial, educational and vocational goals. The Standards also serve as a “bill of rights” for the members and a code of ethics for staff, board members and administrators. The Standards insist that a Clubhouse is a place offers respect and opportunity to its members.
The mission of the Clubhouse of Lehigh County is to offer persons with mental illness a safe and healing environment wherein each person is given the opportunity to explore their personal and vocational potentials to their fullest and to receive support in achieving their goals.