"What physical therapy is to someone with a bad back,
Clubhouses are for people with mental illness."
A Clubhouse is a community of adults living with a diagnosable mental illness who come together to work towards personal goals. The clubhouse is a work-oriented program that helps people to build their job skills, to regain personal worth and to rejoin our community. Through this program, these individuals can lead rich and fulfilling lives, while at the same time reducing hospitalizations, incarcerations and the need for additional social services.
The Iris Clubhouse provides opportunities and resources for friendship, employment, housing and education in a caring and safe environment. Our members have the opportunity for recovery and can participate as valued and respected members of society.
Our Statement of Inclusivity
The mission of the Iris Clubhouse is to empower people with mental illness to engage in meaningful, sustainable and transformative personal relationships and community partnerships. Iris Clubhouse’s operations reflect the belief that when a diverse group of persons work together and are involved in consensus decision making our community becomes stronger and more cohesive, leading us towards our ultimate goal of recovery. Thus, Iris Clubhouse is active in promoting access and inclusivity and opposes discrimination based on race, creed, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and other factors that deny the essential humanity of all persons experiencing mental illness.
"What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor and more unashamed conversation."