Clubhouses are local. community-based centers that provide adults with serious mental illness hope and opportunities to reach their full potential.

Members and staff work side-by-side to run the Clubhouse, learning job skills in the process.

Clubhouse is a place to meet friends. Through a structured day, members work and socialize which is a crucial part of recovery.

A Clubhouse has members, not clients. Being a member means that an individual has both shared responsibility and ownership for the success of the Clubhouse.


Community Benefits

WSBT TV recently reported that in St. Joseph County, the most common reason people seek medical help is for depression and other mood disorders.

Clubhouses improve members lives by providing opportunities to achieve their social, financial, and vocational goals. Research has shown that their successes, in turn, impact the wider community in which members reside.

Documented Benefits

  • Reduced Health Care Costs
  • Higher Employment Rate
  • Improved Well-Being
  • Reduced Hospitalizations

StaffING

All Clubhouse decisions are made on a consensus basis. Members have input in all aspects of the Clubhouse, including administration and budgeting.

Clubhouses by design have few staff positions. All staff are generalists, involved in all aspects of the Clubhouse. This helps us maintain our focus on members' strengths, talents and abilities.

It is an honor and a privilege to be a Clubhouse staff member. Being a part of a supportive community, seeing members grow, change, and succeed, is both fun and rewarding. 

 

MARK BUCHANAN

Executive Director

Mark moved to South Bend in 2016 because he was impressed by the board of directors who had laid a great foundation for the new Clubhouse in South Bend.

He is a faculty member of Clubhouse International. Mark came to us with 29 years of Clubhouse experience. He studied education and theology and began his Clubhouse career at the Green Door in Washington D.C. He worked for years at the international training base, Genesis Club, in Worcester, MA.

Mark says, "It's rewarding to see members find meaning in helping each other, further their education, get jobs, and move forward with life." He believes a psychiatric illness is not a reason to withdraw from community. "Having a psychiatric disability is no fun," Mark shares, "but just like high blood pressure or sugar diabetes, if you work with your doctor and maintain your illness it doesn’t need to ruin your life."

Mark has four adult kids which he says are the best thing that ever happened to him.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Elizabeth Adey

Lisa Anderson

Ashley Kyalwazi

Dory Lawrence

Shane Martens

Lynn Rhody

Kathleen Sweeney

Nelson Vogel

John Wilford