The Florida Clubhouse Coalition is part of Clubhouse International, a network of more than 300 Clubhouse programs in over 30 countries on six continents. Clubhouses provide members with opportunities for friendship, training, education, employment and other community-based supports.
The word "Clubhouse" derives from the original language that was used to communicate the work and vision of Fountain House, the first Clubhouse, which was started in New York in 1948. Since its inception, Fountain House has served as a model for all subsequent Clubhouses around the world. The term "Clubhouse" clearly communicates the message of membership and belonging, which is at the very heart of the Clubhouse way of working.
Clubhouses are built upon the belief that every member has the potential to recover and lead a personally satisfying life as an integrated member of society. Clubhouses are communities of people who are dedicated to one another’s success, and are organized around a belief that work, and work-mediated relationships are restorative and provide a firm foundation for growth.
The International Standards for Clubhouse Programs™ define the Clubhouse Model of rehabilitation. The International Standards serve as a "bill of rights" for members and a "code of ethics" for staff, boards and administrators. The Standards provide the basis for assessing Clubhouse quality through the Clubhouse International Accreditation Process™.Clubhouse Standards
"I was diagnosed with schizophrenia which I have battled with for 20 years. I attend the Keyclub twice a week which helps me socialize with people and keep myself busy. I work at the communication unit and writing is my favorite task."
- Uakheme Ohikhuare
Member, Key Clubhouse