The Village Clubhouse, located in the middle village area of Topsham, is currently taking referrals for new members to their vocational rehabilitation program. The Village Clubhouse will provide employment, education and social opportunities for people with severe and persistent mental illness. Village Clubhouse is also affiliated with and accredited by Clubhouse International (www.ICCD.org).
At Clubhouse, members work side by side with staff to oversee daily operations. This includes providing tours, event planning, budgeting, transportation services, food service, and building maintenance. An in-house prevocational program offers literacy skills and driver education, and provides opportunities for members to strengthen their vocational, social and emotional skills. Through the Clubhouse Transitional Employment program, members have the opportunity to work at a paid part-time job and can stay on that job for six to nine months to gain experience and skills in a real work environment. If for some reason the member is unable to be at work, a Clubhouse staff person who is also trained for that job will take his/her place.
To be eligible for Clubhouse services, one must be covered by MaineCare and have a mental health diagnosis. The only other requirement is the desire to be an active part of the clubhouse community and to work on areas of their own career development as part of their journey of recovery and success.
Village Clubhouse is located at 119 Main Street in Topsham and is open Monday-Friday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. Prospective members and interested community members are encouraged to contact the Clubhouse Director, Candy Lessard, to set up a tour of the facility by calling 207-837-6260 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The Clubhouse also has a website – www.villageclubhouse.org.