My name is Kathryn and I have been a Clubhouse Member since July of 2018. Before I found the Austin Clubhouse I was in prison and removed from society for seventeen and a half years. Once I was released, my life consisted of TV and video games and my mental illness kept me from being with others. The Austin Clubhouse was the first place to really welcome me back to society. And now I have meaning and purpose in my life and a place to be with others. I feel useful and have work to do! I am getting out of my house and now have more structure during my days. Mentally, the Clubhouse has helped me by keeping me out of my head; and it has helped me re-learn social skills since being released from prison. And just so you know, it is very easy to make friends at the Austin Clubhouse!