Central to our model is membership. Racine Friendship Clubhouse serves members, not patients or clients.
Members enjoy four basic rights:
- The Right to a place to come
- The Right to meaningful work
- The Right to meaningful relationships
- The Right to a place to return
Work Ordered Day:
The Clubhouse is designed to provide the opportunity to work for all the 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.
The Clubhouse provides members with opportunities to return to paid employment in the form
of 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 Recreation:
The Clubhouse organizes social activities for the members. Most activities are scheduled so
they don’t intrude on the work day. Some activities are scheduled evenings and weekends and
members and staff have the opportunity to get to know each other outside the pressures of the
Clubhouse work day.
The Clubhouse assists members 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
Decision Making & Governance
Members and staff meet in open forums to discuss policy issues and future planning for the
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
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.
Racine Friendship Clubhouse members are encouraged to provide their own transportation
to and from the clubhouse. We help members learn the bus routes, and will help members
schedule specialized transportation services. Racine Friendship Clubhouse does have a mini
van that is used on certain days to transport those members who feel uncomfortable taking public transportation and cannot walk to the clubhouse. We may also provide transportation to and from some evening and weekend social/rec events. Rides cost $1.50 each way.