Opportunity Center is a Clubhouse community that encourages and supports recovery for adults affected by mental illness. It provides a place for people to go to find meaningful relationships, meaningful work and a place to belong to work towards recovery. 


At Opportunity Center, members and staff work side by side to ensure that day to day tasks are accomplished. The Clubhouse is purposefully understaffed to create a need for members to not only attend but to participate in the daily work needs of the program as well. Members are encouraged to participate in every aspect of the Clubhouse from administration to maintenance. 


Clubhouses focus on the strengths and abilities of the membership, encourage members to enhance their abilities and provide opportunities to strengthen skills. 

History

Opportunity Center first opened November 23, 1993 to provide Clubhouse services to individuals affected by Mental Illness in Bay & Arenac counties.  It originally operated from the basement of Created for Caring.  Opportunity Center soon moved to its current location - a member designed building on the corner of First & Madison.  


Touchstone Services Inc. took over as the Auspice Agency for Opportunity Center October 1, 1996 under the leadership of Lynn Vinson.


In January of 2015 Opportunity Center expanded its reach and began providing services to individuals in Midland County.



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What is a Clubhouse?

A Clubhouse is first and foremost a community of people working together toward a common goal.


A Clubhouse is a community organized to support individuals living with the effects of mental illness.  Through participation in a Clubhouse people are given the opportunity to re-enter the worlds of friendship, family, meaningful work, employment, education and to access the services and supports they may individually need.  A Clubhouse is a restorative environment for people who have had their lives  drastically disrupted, and who need the support of others who believe that recovery from mental illness is possible for all.


Clubhouses follows the International Standards published by the International Center for Clubhouse Development (ICCD).  Clubhouse members experience the process of mental health recovery through personal empowerment achieved through Clubhouse Membership.  Above all, Clubhouse is a place of hope, possibility and recovery.

How Clubhouse Works

Opportunity Center provides a place to go for individuals whose life has been  interrupted by mental illness.  The various aspects of the program are designed to meet people where they are in their recovery and to help them progress.  


Work Ordered Day

The work ordered day is a building block  of the clubhouse philosophy.  It is set up to mirror a work day and members will be found doing many of the same things that happen in a workplace.  Many of the same tasks are available as well as the opportunity to form relationships with fellow members.  This helps to set members up for future employment goals.  


At Opportunity Center the fundamental tasks that keep the Clubhouse running are divided between two units Hospitality and Business.


In the Hospitality Unit you will find colleagues working in our kitchen that prepares a daily meal for the Clubhouse. Members also run snack bar that provides opportunities to learn to run a cash register, inventory product and provide customer service. The Hospitality Unit also includes all maintenance from safety checks on building and grounds to the upkeep of our vehicles. 


In Business Unit you will find members reaching out to members who haven't been in, computing daily billing, publishing a monthly newsletter and operating a petty cash bank. The Business Unit is also home to statistics and tracking important data.r

Why Clubhouse Works!

Attending Clubhouse and participating in the various programs gives members the opportunity to rebuild their life  after being affected by mental illness.  The need the Clubhouse has for a member to attend and participate gives purpose and reason to keep attending.  The work ordered day encourages recovery, routine and stability.  The more a member attends the less time they spend isolating themselves. The more a member engages in the program, the more likely they are to experience higher self esteem, confidence and self worth.  The Clubhouse Model of Recovery integrates individuals back into society and into the work force.  It helps individuals lead a more fulfilling life.


For more information on Clubhouse please visit:

 http://clubhouse-intl.org/documents/communities_eng.pdf