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The OHI Clubhouse is a mental health recovery and vocational rehabilitation program. It is one of six in the State of Maine utilizing the Clubhouse Model of Psychiatric Rehabilitation. It is modeled after the Fountain House in New York City, created in 1948 as a place of support for people with mental illness rather than a treatment facility.

Clubhouses focus on strengths, not illnesses. More than 400 Clubhouses worldwide have modeled themselves after Fountain House, adopting the same basic principle that communicates a message of membership and belonging. This is a place where people can come and rebuild their lives. Participants are called members, not patients.

The Clubhouse provides a place where self-confidence and hope for the future can be regained. Membership leads to continued growth, increased self-esteem, and a sense of empowerment. It offers members services such as job development, job placement, job coaching, transitional employment, long-term supported employment, and supported education.

A Clubhouse is first and foremost a community of people with mental health difficulties working together toward the common goal of recovery. Each member is a unique individual who posses valuable talents, strengths, and abilities. When combined, these attributes assist in making the Clubhouse come alive.

This sense of membership, support, and belonging are at the heart of the Clubhouse way of working. Clubhouse communities recognize, encourage, and focus on the inherent value and potential of each person involved. We believe each member can recover from the effects of mental health difficulties and lead personally satisfying, socially contributing lives.

Membership

The Clubhouse is a program for adults with mental illness based on the Clubhouse Model of Rehabilitation. We strive to improve members’ quality of life by providing employment, education, wellness, and social opportunities.

The Clubhouse provides a place where self-confidence and hope for the future can be regained. Membership leads to continued growth, increased self-esteem, and a sense of empowerment. Members have four guaranteed rights.

  • 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 return.

How do I become a member?

Any person eligible for community support services for a significant mental illness can become a member. There is no charge to become a member, and our funding includes Mainecare, Vocational Rehabilitation, and private donations. Orientations to the Clubhouse Model will be provided to new members.

What if I’m not ready to work in the community?

That’s okay! You won’t be put out into the workplace until you are fully ready. A Clubhouse is ultimately a place where you can meet new people, feel welcomed, accepted, and productive.

Our Vision

Our Clubhouse restores people’s right to choose their life path, including the opportunity for meaningful employment, through a collaborative community dedicated to integrating all members of society. We empower people to reclaim control of their lives, identity, and dignity, leading to a healthier community for all citizens. For more information, contact Betty “BJ” Sherman, Clubhouse Director, at (207) 389-3300 or [email protected]

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