How Austin Clubhouse Can Help You
If you have a background of mental illness, we are here to:
- Offer you friendship, support, and a place to come
- Offer you a range of supported employment and education opportunities
- Help you gain confidence through participating in the work of the clubhouse
- Help you connect into services available through-out the community
- Provide a nutritious and affordable lunch each week
- Offer you peer support through participating in a variety of Clubhouse activities
- Provide you with support for the concurrent disorders of mental illness and addictions
How You Can Help Austin Clubhouse
Austin Clubhouse is a club, and it belongs to its members who participate in it and who make it come alive. Without the help of members, Austin Clubhouse would not exist.
There is no obligation to volunteer at Austin Cubhouse. In fact, it’s stated in the International Clubhouse Standards that membership is voluntary. But most of us do participate in running the Clubhouse…
No matter what your experience or ability, Austin Clubhouse can use your help. Many members at Austin Clubhouse have been told that because of our illness we would never work or hold responsibilities. Here, working and learning side-by-side with friends, we have learned that we do possess skills, that those skills are valuable, and that our contribution to running the Clubhouse is appreciated.
Whether helping out in the kitchen or answering phones to organizing fundraising events, there is so much work to be done! And we need your help to make sure that Austin Clubhouse is a center of hope for people with mental illness in our community.
Who Can Become a Member
Membership is open to anyone in the Austin area with a diagnosed mental health condition, such as major depression, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, or schizophrenia. Austin Clubhouse does not discriminate on the basis of diagnosis, disability, race, ethnicity, religion, education, income, or sexual orientation.
While doctors, caseworkers, or other professionals in the community may make referrals, we also accept self-referrals. There are no membership dues or fees, and as a member you can retain your membership for as long as you like. Becoming a member is simple.
How to Join
If you think you are interested in joining, please call us at 512-925-5877 to arrange a tour. A member will show you what it is we do at Austin Clubhouse and you can pick up an Austin Clubhouse application form right after the tour. Simply complete the form and send it back to us. You can mail it, fax it or drop it off. We’ll contact you shortly after we receive the application.
Been away for a while? No problem! Returning members have a right to immediate re-entry regardless of how long you’ve been away. No intake forms. No orientation. Just show up – we’ll be glad to have you back!
Note: If you are interested in clubhouse-model services, but live outside the Austin area, visit the International Center for Clubhouse Development.