Milwaukee's Grand Avenue Club is one of many beneficiaries of a rich trove of Clubhouse wisdom penned by the founders, members and staff of what has come to be called "the Clubhouse Movement." The first Clubhouse was founded in New York City in the late 1940's and is still flourishing. Over the past 70+ years more than 300 Clubhouses have been founded by a wide variety of communities in every part of the world.
What distinguishes the Clubhouse approach from other effective community-based approaches to mental illness? We turn to early Clubhouse literature and quote from an unsigned article written, or delivered as a speech, at an International Seminar.
"The most important factor in recovering from the devastation of mental illness is not being GIVEN a service. It is being MET, as a whole, worthwhile, equal, productive, adult.....the healing will be in the encounter with each other."
The GAC community reveres the International Standards for Clubhouse Programs. As part of our commitment to promote the understanding and effective implementation of these Standards we have created a spacious, attractive, colorful space on the first floor of our Clubhouse. Its purpose is to invite colleagues (members and staff), potential members who have scheduled tours of GAC, and our visitors to explore Clubhouse literature in a congenial, well-illuminated, and welcoming room.
If you, or anyone you know, is interested in a tour, please see our website at