To establish a Clubhouse in the Atlanta area that will provide people living with persistent mental illness a stable, warm, and inviting environment. The Clubhouse will be a supportive, encouraging, and non-judgmental place that will include opportunities to work, achieve personal goals, and integrate into the community.
To afford those whose lives have been disrupted by mental illness the opportunity to recover meaningful and productive lives through reintegration with the workplace and the community.
The very first Clubhouse, was Fountain House, which was started in New York in 1948. Since its inception, Fountain House has served as the model for all subsequent Clubhouses that have been started around the world. Fountain House began when former patients of a New York psychiatric hospital began to meet together informally, as a kind of “club.” It was organized as a support system for people living with mental illness, rather than as a service or a treatment program. Communities around the world that have modeled themselves after Fountain House have embraced the term “Clubhouse,” because it clearly communicates the message of membership and belonging. This message of inclusion is at the very heart of the Clubhouse way of working.