What Is a Clubhouse?
The Clubhouse Model was conceived in 1948 by Fountain House in New York City, as a community intentionally organized to support individuals living with a severe mental illness, rather than a service or treatment program. The term "clubhouse" clearly communicates the message of membership and belonging. This message is at the very heart of the clubhouse way of working. The daily work of the clubhouse community is organized and completed in a way that continuously delivers the message that the Clubhouse requires the participation of its members. Members are engaged in every aspect of its operation. The skill. talents, and creative ideas of each member are needed and encouraged each day. Members get the necessary help and support that they need to achieve individual success and satisfaction.