A Clubhouse is first and foremost a community of people. Much more than simply a program, or a social service, a Clubhouse is most importantly a community of people who are working together toward a common goal. The Genesis Club is open to any person who has been diagnosed with a mental illness. Members work on their recovery at their own pace through a combination of being a part of a community, being part of a work unit, working with their advisor and accessing our services such as housing, employment, education, etc. Genesis Club is free to join and there are no membership dues. Check out our brochures in English and Spanish below.
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How To Become A Member
If you are interested in joining the Genesis Club, we invite you to join us for a tour. Contact the Membership Services Unit at (508) 831-0100 x 103 to schedule.
After having the tour, you will be asked to have a referral form completed by a medical professional/social worker. Click the button below to download and print the form as a PDF.
The completed form may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, brought in by person, or faxed to: (508) 753-1286 (Attn: Membership)
After the referral form is reviewed, you will be contacted by phone by the Membership Unit to arrange an orientation.
If you have specific questions about our program, please call Membership Services at (508) 831-0100 x 103.
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Life As A Member
Clubhouses are built upon the belief that every member has the potential to sufficiently recover from the effects of mental illness to lead a personally satisfying life as an integrated member of society. Clubhouses are communities of people who are dedicated to one another’s success, no matter how long it takes or how difficult it is. Clubhouses are organized around a belief that work, and work-mediated relationships, are restorative and provide a firm foundation for growth and important individual achievement (Beard, Propst, Malamud, 1982), and the belief that normalized social and recreational opportunities are an important part of a person’s path to recovery.
Relationships between members and staff develop naturally as they work together side by side to carry out the daily duties of the Clubhouse. All of the staff have generalist roles in the Clubhouse; they are involved in all of the Clubhouse activities including the daily work duties, the evening social and recreational programs, the employment programs, outreach, supported education and community support responsibilities. Members and staff share the responsibility for the successful operation of the Clubhouse. Working closely together each day members and staff learn of each others’ strengths, talents and abilities. They also develop real and lasting friendships. Because the design of a Clubhouse is much like a typical work or business environment, relationships develop in much the same way.
The Work-Ordered Day
The daily activity of a Clubhouse is organized around a structured system known as the work-ordered day. The work-ordered day is an eight-hour period, typically Monday through Friday, which parallels the typical business hours of the working community where the Clubhouse is located. Members and staff work side by side, as colleagues, to perform the work that is important to their community.
Work Units – Where Members and Staff Partnerships Grow
A key part of Genesis Club is Member / Staff Partnerships. Members and staff work together in all aspects of the club. At Genesis Club there are 6 work units to become involved in. Members can choose which unit they would like to join after completing an orientation.
Meetings open to all Members and Staff
Policy Meeting, Program Meeting, Wellness Committee, Young Adult Outreach, Job Seekers Workshop, Seeking Housing Meeting, Grants Meeting, and more.
|Membership Services||Tours, orientation, outreach to hospitals, community visits, clerical and computer work|
|Business, Media and Technology||Statistics, main switchboard, typing, clerical duties, newsletter publication, and fiscal responsibilities|
|Food Services||Preparing and serving meals, shopping, ordering food and supplies, kitchen clean up and equipment maintenance|
|Career Development||Developing a full array of various employment and education opportunities in the community, data entry|
|Environmental & Facilities||Cashier, counter work, ordering and shopping for supplies, general maintenance, promoting wellness activities|
|Training & Development||Coordinating international training, fundraising, marketing, social media/website, community awareness, processing donations, grant writing|