THE CLUBHOUSE HISTORY
The Clubhouse began in the summer of 1991 with the merger of two programs under contract of the Bayview Hunter’s Point Foundation, the Central City Day Treatment Program and the Rehabilitation Community Center. After attending training at the Fountain House in New York City, the program director was convinced that this “new” model could be effective in San Francisco. Others became interested, and the Clubhouse was born.
In July 2003 two changes occurred which dramatically altered the Clubhouse. The Clubhouse, with the Tenderloin Clinic, formed its own non-profit agency, the Hyde Street Community Services, Inc. HSCS assumed the contract for the programs on 7/1/03.
In collaboration with the Tenderloin Clinic, The Clubhouse became a Recovery Center, combining the Club-house Model with the concepts of Wellness and Recovery. Members receive medications at the Clinic and participate in pre-vocational, social and recovery activities in the Clubhouse.
THE CLUBHOUSE RECOVERY MODEL
The Clubhouse is a bridge in preparing individuals toward fulfillment of vocational goals and greater independence. The goal of the Clubhouse is to enable the members to work and become socially interactive and supportive of each other.
Clubhouse members work side-by-side with staff on daily tasks essential to daily Clubhouse functioning. The sense of community, teamwork and pride in one’s work serve as the major sources of rehabilitation. In the process, they build relationships based on the need to interact and rely on each other. Members are treated by staff and peers as equally important and contribute to the Clubhouse community.
Peer participation and support is an essential element of the Clubhouse, utilizing paid per coun-selors, peer interns, and members themselves. Peer and member run groups and activities are funda-mental to the Recovery philosophy.
Members participate in one of the seven work units:
Greeting visitors, daily sign-in, answering phones and routing messages are only a few of the duties for members in the Reception Unit. An essential function of the unit is to provide tours for prospective members and visitors - local, national and international.
The Clerical Unit is responsible for typing, copying and distribution of all documents and announcements. Members also order supplies, handle correspondence, manage the “Bank” and tally the daily attendance.
The Food Service Unit is responsible for the preparation and serving of breakfast and lunch for Clubhouse members. Through participation in tasks from cooking, waiting tables, and clean-up members provide an essential function, as well as learn basic food preparation, nutrition, and self-care.
The Operations Unit provides basic janitorial and maintenance services for the Clubhouse. Operations is also responsible for the recycling of bottles, cans and paper.
The Research, Education and Media Unit is the communication center of the Clubhouse. Members learn basic writing and computer skills producing the Clubhouse Newsletter and quarterly Gazette. R.E.M. is also responsible for the production of fliers, tracking attendance and computerizing data.
In the Thrift Store members can purchase clothing, toilet articles and small sundries at minimal cost. Members of the unit collect donations, clean, size and sell the articles.
Consumer Resource Center
The Resource Center is a member researched and maintained unit which provides direct access to information on vocational, educational, social, recreational, health, financial, housing and other services which are important in the individual’s recovery process.