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Racine Friendship Clubhouse Inc

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Causes: Mental Health, Mental Health Treatment

Mission: The racine friendship clubhouse has been helping adults living with mental illness for over 20 years. The program helps participant members gain real life experience; it prepares them for future jobs, and gives them opportunities to create brand new friendships. The clubhouse focuses on participant members strengths, and really lets each and every individual shine. The racine friendship clubhouse believes that each participant member is responsible for his or her own recovery, and the staff works to create a healthy environment for their participant members to grow and learn. Through this program, participant members learn about themselves as individuals, and most of all, they get to be a part of something bigger than just their mental illnesses. They learn to embrace what makes them different and use it to enrich their own lives. Racine friendship clubhouse, inc. Operates using the clubhouse model of psychosocial education. There are over 300 clubhouses worldwide and only 5 in wiscons

Programs: Work-ordered day (wod)a main component of the clubhouse model is the work-ordered day (wod). The wod program operates with 100% voluntary participation and is free to all who wish to participate. This mental health daily living and coping skill building program is designed to offer a holistic environment for enhancement of life skills. Through the work-ordered day (wod), participants naturally engage in a working community of peers. Through work and work mediated activities, participant members build a firm foundation for personal growth. Participant members are taught coping strategies, wellness habits and communication skills. They learn how to follow a schedule and the importance of following through on appointments. The program is open monday friday. Each day participant members have opportunities to work directly with staff to carry out the business of the day. Examples include,: co-leading meetings and coping skills groups, handling cash transactions and making bank deposits, planning, preparing and serving lunch for an average of 25 people daily, answering telephones, tracking attendance and progress of goals, copying, filing, faxing, typing, and other general office duties, building maintenance and, gardening, supply inventory and shopping. Through these work activities, participant members regain their sense of self- worth, find purpose, improve their mood and outlook on life, and learn valuable coping skills to help them move forward in their mental health recovery. Some participant members have described the clubhouse as, friendly and home-like and that the special ingredient is the peer connection. Vocational componentthrough the vocational program, participant members have access to a job coach who can work with them one-on-one or in a group. Participant members learn job-readiness skills including: how to present themselves, fill out a job application on paper and on line, interview skills, basic computer skills, and coping skills while on the job. They have the opportunity for job coach support in gaining an interview, during the interview, and while on the job. Rfc participant members have often been out of the workforce for a number of years due to the severity of their mental health symptoms. As a result, their job-coaching might begin with very basic hygiene coaching, setting a schedule and follow-through. The ultimate goal of employment or volunteer work can often be a long road, but participant members are learning important job-readiness skills throughout the process. Peer connection peer supportmost importantly, racine friendship clubhouse, inc. Offers a place of hope and healing to participant members that often find themselves on the fringe of society. There is power in being with others that share in your life experiences. The peer connection participant members find at the clubhouse truly enriches their lives and the lives of those around them. 149 clients were served in 2017

Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 3

I like that everyone who is a member has a mental illness and that we are in charge of making changes and decisions. All members make the Clubhouse run smooth.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Clubhouse gives me a place to make new friends. If it wasn't for the Clubhouse I would probably be at home all day.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I like the members at the Clubhouse and their friendship. It makes me feel welcomed.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Clubhouse is a friendly atmosphere, it makes me feel special everytime I walk in through the door. I enjoy attending to the different groups, but I mostly enjoy to bake and cook.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I like that the clubhouse gives me a space to make friends.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I like the Clubhouse because it makes me feel safe. It also keeps me from isolating.

Racine M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with several non-profit organizations over the years but have found that Racine Friendship Clubhouse allows members with mental illness to learn essential coping skills along with teaching new skills. The members work together with the leaders to learn, support, share, and maintain the clubhouse and their peers. It is amazing what a small amount of money or assistance can do at RFC. So many members have learned to cope with their illness and become independent members of the community. I will continue to support them in all they do.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This non-profit works to help the community , specifically those with mental illness. People with mental illness are able to utilize the resources available through them. it is a great asset to the community.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The only program of its kind in Racine! The Clubhouse is a stellar program full of caring employees and volunteers who work hard to make a difference in the lives of those facing mental illness. I am proud to be a supporter!

Alex H.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been involved with the clubhouse for over five years through volunteer work and as a committee member to their fundraising events. At the clubhouse, you can see daily progress from adults with a mental illness, who are gaining social and economical skills. The work ordered day prepares them for a life outside of the clubhouse and helps build confidence and useful skills, while also gaining friends and mentors.

1 Ken R.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I would like to thank Lynelle, the board and other staff members for being so helpful in teaching me how to work in a nonprofit organization. I used to be a staff member of the Clubhouse. Most of all I would like to thank the MEMBERS for teaching me how to appreciate differences. You are born without a label, and you should never need to have one.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Racine Friendship Clubhouse empowers people affected by mental illness to reach their full potential.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This place is like no other in town. This is a place where adults living with mental illness can be with their peers, others who understand what they experience. Membership is free and lunch is available at a low cost four days a week. Members can contribute to the day to day tasks of running the clubhouse. They can cook, clean, do office work, gardening, etc. There is a vocational coordinator who helps members find employment. But it's not all work. There are fun times of celebration too. Mostly, it's like a family, a welcoming place for people in our community who may not always be welcomed in other settings.

2 Leah O.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The club house is an amazing place for folks with mental illness to learn life and job skills, volunteerism and get assistance with employment.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Racine Friendship Clubhouse is a gem in Racine, WI! I had worked as Program Director for the clubhouse for 2 years. I retired in 2014 and continue to volunteer there as much as I can. It's a very welcoming place. All of the members of the clubhouse know that they are not alone in their mental illness recovery. They are a big family that support one another.

They also have many programs available, including a vocational program. If any of the members would like to find a job, the Vocational Coordinator will assess their skill level and assist the members in applying for jobs and becoming job ready as well. Members can learn basic skills such as cooking, cleaning, budgeting, ect. Information to other programs available in Racine county is also given to the members when they need help with that as well.

If you ever need a lift of your mood...just go visit...you'll know what I am talking about!



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Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a great group of people! So caring and helpful. They do wonderful work which affects so many people!

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

Changing the lives of people living with mental illness. Giving hope, purpose and a brighter future for all who pass through our doors!!