The Clubhouse of Lehigh County offers persons with mental illness a safe, healing environment to explore their personal and vocational potential and receive support in achieving their goals.
The Clubhouse of Lehigh County offers psychosocial rehabilitation services that provide hope and healing for men and women recovering from mental illness. It is a place where adults come together to learn valuable job skills, gain support and meet people.
At the Clubhouse of Lehigh County, we focus on developing the strengths and talents of our members. We help them journey from isolation and dependence to self-reliance and productivity, all while building confidence along the way.
Membership in the Clubhouse of Lehigh County is open to any Lehigh County resident who is 18 or older and has a history of mental illness. Membership is free for life. Attendance and participation are completely voluntary. There is no traditional therapy session or medication distribution at Clubhouse of Lehigh County. Instead, the work of the house is the rehabilitation. As members contribute meaningful work to the house, they build confidence and a sense of purpose.
Core Program at the Clubhouse of Lehigh County
The work-ordered day is the core of the Clubhouse program. It is carried out by three work units. The work units are responsible for the day-to-day running of the house. Within the unit, members build relationships while organizing and performing the work of the day. Work units include:
- Culinary Unit - Responsible for the kitchen and snack bar. This includes ordering food, planning menus, preparing lunch daily and cleaning the kitchen and pantry
- Support Unit - Responsible for house maintenance and reception. This includes cleaning inside and outside, caring for plants, giving house tours and staffing the reception area
- Services Unit - Responsible for communications, data management, education and employment, producing newsletters and other printed materials, gathering and entering member data, assisting members with educational goals and providing employment opportunities.
Potential for Growth
All members of the Clubhouse of Lehigh County have opportunities for growth beyond their daily tasks. These include policies, direction and operation of the house, computer-based self-tutorials, wellness and recycling initiatives, social programs outside the work-ordered day and a member-run lending library.
Members can also work toward their personal and vocational goals. With Clubhouse support, they can study for the GED, enter or return to college, receive career guidance and participate in transitional employment positions.
- A guaranteed right to a place to come
- A guaranteed right to meaningful work
- A guaranteed right to meaningful relationships
- A guaranteed right to a place to belong
Clubhouse of Lehigh County, founded in 1999, is part of an international movement headquartered in New York City. There are more than 450 certified Clubhouses worldwide. Clubhouse is based on principles, which are outlined in the 36 Standards of the International Center for Clubhouse Development.
Clubhouse of Lehigh County holds a three-year certification from the International Center for Clubhouse Development (ICCD). The certification is the longest offered by ICCD and demonstrates that the facility is in compliance with international standards of clubhouse programs.
Clubhouse of Lehigh County is a member of the Pennsylvania Clubhouse Coalition.
Clubhouse of Lehigh County is administered by Goodwill Keystone Area and funded through the County of Lehigh.
Clubhouse of Lehigh County
1437 W. Gordon Street
Allentown, PA 18102