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January 2018

Recollections from Tom Parrish, longtime member

By | January 25th, 2018|

When I first joined Alliance House in the fall of '88 there were only a few members. With Margaret Currin at the helm, we met in the bay where fire trucks used to be parked, struggling to define what the Clubhouse was all about, and to establish a set of

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Dave Harper My Story: volume 2.

By | January 10th, 2018|

Volume 2:   Since I was in the choir, I learned that the school’s upcoming yearly play was “West Side Story”. I tried out, and what do you know, I made it. I played “Doc”, the malt shop owner. That was an amazing year. About three weeks before summer break,

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Role of Member-Leaders in the Clubhouse By Dunc Macdonald

By | January 5th, 2018|

In my niche article, I discussed taking time to do Clubhouse work between my TEs and going to school.   What I was doing was becoming a member-leader which I thought would make me happy.   This task was accomplished by gaining a more in-depth knowledge of the Clubhouse Model.   This process

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December 2017

My Story by Tracy Allen

By | December 26th, 2017|

 All through my childhood, I struggled with dark and lonely days. My depression left me in a downward spiral, leaving me with nothing but fear. Everything I did, see, and hear constantly scared me. With my PTSD I was stuck in the middle of a nightmare Locked up in my

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I WILL REMEMBER DENIS BOUCHER

By | December 21st, 2017|

  'I REMEMBER ALWAYS WHEN DENIS WOULD COME DOWN TO MY APARTMENT OR WOULD COME UP TO HIS AND LISTEN TO SOME OF OUR FAVORITE ROCK GROUPS SUCH AS YES AND JETHRO TULL. WE ALWAYS AS WELL WATCH MOST OF THE TIME CLASSIC WESTERN SHOWS SUCH AS THE BIG VALLEY,

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SLCC and Me by Dunc Macdonald

By | December 6th, 2017|

In my last article, I talked about going to school as part of the hunt for your professional niche and now, I’m going to go more in-depth on that subject. In February 2008, I started school at the Salt Lake Community College in Salt Lake City, Utah. While there, I

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November 2017

Meet our new Culinary Unit Staff!

By | November 15th, 2017|

Our Ladies in the Kitchen We asked our ladies that now run the Culinary Unit some questions to get to know them better and this is what they had to say: How did you hear about Alliance House?   Both Angelica and Alice found Alliance House while looking for employment

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October 2017

Niche Article, Part II by Dunc Macdonald

By | October 2nd, 2017|

After my schooling, I thought that my challenges were over, but I was so wrong. The job search process was nerve-racking.  Alliance House Supported and Independent Employment Coordinator, Luisa, set to work teaching me more about the job search process. This included inquiry letters, mock interviews, and cover letters, and

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September 2017

The Niche Hunt, Part 1 by Duncan Macdonald

By | September 20th, 2017|

My name is Duncan and I have been a member of the Alliance House Clubhouse for 17 years.  I feel that it is vital for each member to find their professional niche and get a job that they love doing and can do well.  After all, people will spend over

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August 2017

How I came to Alliance House by Kim Smith

By | August 24th, 2017|

Hello my name is Kim Smith I have been a member of Alliance House for almost a year now. When I first arrived at Alliance House for a walk-through and orientation I felt lost, alone and scared out of my wits. I eventually I found my place here and I

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July 2017

After months of hard work and grit, Alliance House Members celebrate an education milestone

By | July 17th, 2017|

The energy in the Masonic Temple was palpable.  Families, friends, and graduates were taking pictures while getting ready to participate in a rite of passage, once previously not available to them, their high school graduation commencement.  Each year, Alliance House offers its graduating students a commencement ceremony so that they

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Being a Consumer Advocate by Dunc Macdonald

By | July 6th, 2017|

Over the last 7 ½ years, I have had the honor and privilege of being on the Salt Lake County Behavioral Health Services Advisory Board.  The role of this board is to advise the Mayor’s Office on subjects involving services around mental health and substance abuse in Salt Lake County.  

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June 2017

My Journey to Obtain Mental Well-being and Independence

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By: Reece Gatliff My journey to obtain mental well-being and independence has been a long one, full of twists-and-turns, numerous setbacks and triumphs, and mighty struggles. This journey would, over time, take me to Alliance House, to a better life. A year ago I was a wreck. Staying at an extended-stay

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Article for House Discussion June 15th

By | June 7th, 2017|

Attitudes and Structure in the Clubhouse Model By Roberta Vorspan Roberta Vorspan, M.S., is Assistant Director of Education, Van Ameringen Center for Education and Research, Fountain House, Inc., New York, New York Editor’s Note: This paper is based on an address given at the Vermont Conference on Community Rehabilitation, September,

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May 2017

Stigma Within the Clubhouse Community by Tom Sweet

By | May 10th, 2017|

Schizophrenic, manic-depressive, specialist, generalist, staff, member, line-staff, residence counselor, director, bureaucrat, administrator, personality disorder, unit-based, non-unit based – the list of how we can label each other, or self-stigmatize, is seemingly endless.  Even as we vociferously advocate against stigma in the media, discrimination in the workplace, and unequal application of

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Standard of the Season

By | May 2nd, 2017|

  By Dunc Macdonald This time I will be discussing Standard #11.   This standard reads:  Responsibility for the operation of the Clubhouse lies with the members and staff and ultimately with the Clubhouse director. Central to this responsibility is the engagement of members and staff in all aspects of Clubhouse

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By | May 2nd, 2017|

Labeled By Rachael Giles In March of 2017 The Alliance House was proud to introduce the Labeled Film Festival. Labeled presented films from Au Contraire Film Festival based in Canada featuring films from all around the world. All the films highlighted different aspects of mental illness. Labeled began on March

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April 2017

Dave Harper part 1

By | April 14th, 2017|

My name is David Eugene Harper II, but call me Dave. I was born on June 16th, 1970, in Paola Ks., during a tornado warning, (If that gives you a hint of my life until now. I wish I could say that all the turbulence that I’ve experienced in my

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March 2017

ALLIANCE HOUSE AND WHAT IT MEANS TO ME (By Chuck Enriquez)

By | March 1st, 2017|

  WHEN I ARRIVED AT ALLIANCE HOUSE, I ONLY HAD ONE THING IN MIND AND THAT WAS TO RE-ESTABLISH MYSELF IN THE WORKFORCE.  I WAS A RECENT COLLEGE GRADUATE AND VALEDICTORIAN BUT HAD NOT BEEN ABLE TO CAPITALIZE ON THE SUCCESS.  MY JOB RECORD WAS PRETTY MUCH DONE FOR AND

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February 2017

My Story by Mike Coleman

By | February 16th, 2017|

I was introduced to the Alliance House, by the University of Utah Hospital, 5 West Psychiatric Ward. I was admitted on the 27th of September, in 2016.  I admitted myself, due to complications from alcohol dependency and my issues of harming myself. My issues with alcohol haunted me for quite

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Wayne’s Member Story

By | February 8th, 2017|

MY EXPERIENCE AT CLUBHOUSE I have been coming to clubhouse for about two years now.  My introduction to Alliance House was through a friend who was already a member. I came at first expecting there to be nothing to do except the old model of an adult drop off center. 

Kyle’s Story

By | February 1st, 2017|

Kyle Robinson’s Story: I was crossing Redwood Road and I got hit by an oncoming car going 40 mph. I ran into her windshield head first and flew 70 feet and was unconscious. The woman stood by my side with 3 other witnesses until the cops came. The women’s name

January 2017

Erin Crawford

By | January 26th, 2017|

This is my story: By Erin Crawford When I first heard about Alliance House, I told my parents that I did not want to go there, I was scared. They said to me, “go check it out” and “see what it all about”. So I went with them and they

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Member Story from Michael Grant

By | January 4th, 2017|

I have come from a well understanding of mental health awareness in my early youth; feather more in my early twenty. Around that time, was when I heard and started to come and attend to Alliance House which would be back in late year of 2010. I had enrolled with

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December 2016

Dell Davis member story

By | December 28th, 2016|

  How are you doing my name is Dell Davis My history starts on January 28, 1978 when I was born I was 7lbs 6 ounces I was a beautiful baby and but I had a rough life. I was the oldest of 5 siblings. At an early age it

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Benefits of Meditation

By | December 21st, 2016|

By, Fadumo “Fatima” Awad I have been practicing meditation twice daily for about 6 months. I was having some hard times in my life and a friend suggested that I try meditation. Every morning when I wake up I meditate for about 20-30 minutes. I find a quiet spot in

Welcome to our new staff!

By | December 7th, 2016|

by Rachael Giles For many months the Alliance House searched for the right fit in new staff members.  It was a long and arduous journey, yet one well worth traveling for we have found three gems to join us here as staff members. First to join us was Heather in

November 2016

USA National Clubhouse Conference

By | November 30th, 2016|

By: Richard Lovato and Terry Harrison Two staff and one member recently attended the USA National Clubhouse Conference held in Arlington VA just across from Washington D.C.. Leif Oldert (Alliance House Executive Director), Terry Harrison (Staff of Alliance House) and Richard Lovato (Alliance House Member) all attended this training from

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Overcoming Mental Illness/Stigma {Video}

By | November 9th, 2016|

 Overcoming Mental Illness Stigma video https://youtu.be/1oxcFfgIjaE By: Divey -Alliance House Member In my Health Education class on Thursday nights we participate in Book Club discussion groups.  My partners Bata and Bracken asked me on October 27, 2016 if I would be willing to help them with a project.  They have

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STANDARD #25

By | November 3rd, 2016|

By: Duncan Macdonald The Clubhouse assist members to reach their vocational and educational goals by helping them take advantage of educational opportunities in the community. When the Clubhouse also provides an in house educational program, it significantly utilizes the teaching and tutoring skills of members. This standard is very important

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October 2016

Member Stories

By | October 27th, 2016|

Life After Death --- By H. Rachelle Graham The pain inside me used to eat me from the inside out, as if boiling water scorched my skin to third-degree burns. Breathing was difficult. Eating was impossible.  Sleeping was something I could not do. I was out of my mind and

September 2016

Standard of the Season

By | September 16th, 2016|

By Dunc Macdonald This season’s standard is number nine: “Clubhouse staff are sufficient to engage the membership, yet few enough to make carrying out their responsibilities impossible without member involvement.” I feel that this standard is one of those where we need to think about the intent of the standard

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July 2016

Alliance House Receives Grants to Advance Evidence-Based Programs through Pay for Success Initiative

By | July 27th, 2016|

Sorenson Impact Center at the University of Utah Selects 4 Nonprofits and 3 Governments to Participate in National Pay for Success Initiative Salt Lake City (April 20, 2016) — Today, the Sorenson Impact Center at the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business announced the selection of 3 governmental

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Cheers and Challenges – Remembering Taddese Wilson

By | July 27th, 2016|

Taddese, we will miss you. By Duncan Macdonald & Amber Mackay For this edition, we’re going to take a break from our standard process and instead we’re going to do a tribute to our good friend and long-time member, Taddese Wilson, who recently passed away. Some memories from

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June 2016

Amazon and Smith’s Benefits for Alliance House

By | June 1st, 2016|

Amazon Smile Helps Alliance House Log in to Amazon through this link and your purchases reward Alliance House Inc. Giving More Back to the Community! Smith’s Rewards Benefits Alliance House Smith’s is committed to helping their communities grow and prosper. Year after year, local schools, churches and other nonprofit organizations

April 2015

Mental Illness Fact vs Myth

By | April 25th, 2015|

Mental Illness affects everyone. Can you tell the difference between a mental health myth and fact? Learn the truth about the most common mental health myths. Myth: Mental health problems don’t affect me. Fact: Mental health problems are actually very common. One in five American adults experienced a mental health

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