A Clubhouse Is…
“A Clubhouse is a Membership organization, and therefore the people who come and participate are its Members….This idea of Membership is fundamental to the clubhouse concept, as having Membership in an organization means that an individual has both shared ownership and shared responsibility for the success of that organization. To have Membership in an organization means to belong, to fit in somewhere, and to have a place where you are always welcome. For a person living with the effects of mental illness, these simple things cannot be taken for granted. In fact, the reality for most people with mental illness is that they have a constant sense of not fitting in, of isolation, and rejection. Mental illness has the devastating effect of separating people from others in society. ‘Mental patient,’ ‘client,’ ‘disabled,’ ‘consumer,’ ‘user’ — these are terms with which people with mental illness are accustomed to being defined….The Clubhouse turns this all around. Here, a person who has struggled with mental illness is first seen as a valued participant, a colleague, and someone who has something to contribute to the rest of the group.“
– Joel Corcoran, Executive Director, Clubhouse International, from Clubhouses: Communities Creating Opportunities for People with Mental Illness
Alliance House treats all Members as equals. We abide by the principal that all people are deserving of respect, dignity, compassion, and understanding.