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Clubhouse Project Tampa/brandon Flordia

Clubhouse Project Tampa/brandon Flordia

Posted by michaelmpls
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CLUBHOUSE PROJECT

We are reaching out in an attempt to connect with others who may have similar interests and who may be willing to work together with us to create a Clubhouse for adult mentally ill individuals. The emergence of Clubhouses around the world demonstrates that people with mental illness can successfully participate in society through education, employment and other social activities. ICCD Clubhouses offer people who have mental illness hope and opportunities to achieve their full human potential.

The Clubhouse Model is a means through which the mentally ill can rehabilitate and focus on recovery through work. It is a model that has been proven to increase the self esteem and self worth of many people who struggle with mental illness by providing an atmosphere where they can work, learn, and socialize, and give back. You can learn more about the Clubhouse Model of rehabilitation at www.iccd.org.

We represent the family members of those who suffer from mental illness. We have watched our loved ones struggle to find meaning in their lives after being overcome by mental illness. We have been an integral part of trying to help our sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers to come back from the depths of despair after experiencing delusional behavior, schizophrenic hallucinations, bipolar mania, paranoid episodes, depression, and so many others common symptoms of severe and persistent mental illness. Our loved ones have longed to be an integral part of society once again, but as much as they continue to try, the majority of society does not understand their issues and there appears to be no place that they can call their own that is safe for them to heal, to socialize, to work, and to be productive once again. However, before their illness began, many of them had been very productive and each one of them still has talents and gifts to offer. Like all special needs populations, we just need to provide the proper environment for them to realize their potentials. We believe strongly that the environment we are looking for exists in many cities nationally and internationally. It is a Clubhouse model that has been used to help the mentally ill recover through work.

The Vincent House in Pinellas Park, FL is a perfect example of a well managed, working Clubhouse and its principles and setup are similar to what we want to do in Brandon. The people who have engineered its successful existence are the parents of a young woman who developed schizophrenia. As I mentioned in the paragraph above, there is no motivation like that of a family who sees the pain that their loved one lives with daily. Vincent House's members are highly involved and some have been transitioned to employment outside of the Clubhouse. The guaranteed rights of membership in any Clubhouse are: a right to a place to come, a right to meaningful work, a right to meaningful relationships, and a right to a place to return. You can learn more about the Vincent House in particular by going to its web site at http:vincent-house.org.

We are reaching out to anyone who reads this and is interested in helping our cause of developing a Clubhouse become a reality. There are so many tasks that we need to do to see this project through. It appears we need to start by setting up a nonprofit corporation in the state of Florida. I believe that can be done fairly easily online, but if anyone out there has done that, we'd love to hear from you. In addition, we will need to secure grants and if anyone has experience in the field of grant writing, we would be so grateful to hear from you as well. At some point, we will be choosing a Board of Directors. If you are interested in serving on that Board, please let us know. The contact information is below:

Rita Mockett

813-571-9811

[email protected]

Michael Ballard

813-661-8517

[email protected]

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