CONTACT:      David J. Tobiczyk, Vice President, Marketing & Development
412-632-1942 or david.tobiczyk@goodwillswpa.org

Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania will hold a 15th anniversary celebration and open house at its Union Station Clubhouse facility on October 11, 2016 from 9am until 11am.  The Clubhouse, located at 100 Corporate Crossing Road in Uniontown, originated in 2001 to provide psychiatric rehabilitation following a Clubhouse model for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness to prepare for re-entry into the workforce.

The open house will feature information and testimonials on how the services provided at the Clubhouse help individuals with a mental health diagnosis. Clubhouse participants learn vocational and socialization skills they can use in the community as they are placed into an employment situation that best meets their needs. Clubhouse staff and participants, along with local and Goodwill officials, will be in attendance for the event on October 11.

World Mental Health Day is observed on October 10 every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.  The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.

All members of the public are welcome to attend the Union Station Clubhouse open house, including referral sources, local community agencies, business partners, and young individuals coming out of high schools who may want to participate in the program after they graduate. 

Programs at the Clubhouse allow its members to work together to take care of the Clubhouse and choose their own daily activities that will help prepare them to lead productive and satisfying lives in the community.  Clinical aspects of the program are removed and instead are replaced by a small group of professional staff who work collaboratively with the members, allowing them to make their own decisions on how to maintain the Clubhouse, run the program and plan social events.

Clubhouse members do everything from cooking meals in the full kitchen, to doing dishes, answering the phone, maintaining the yard, using computers, and planning outings. The activities, how they will be managed, and the extent of involvement are determined by the members themselves as they learn to be self-sufficient and take ownership in the clubhouse.

Since its inception in Uniontown, the Union Station Clubhouse has served nearly 500 individuals with their journey through recovery. The Union Station Clubhouse is licensed by the Office of Mental Health and accredited by Clubhouse International. 

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