Mosaic House Clubhouse

Mosaic House Clubhouse is a supportive community where individuals who struggle with mental illness can build skills and relationships. The Mosaic House Clubhouse is based on the original ideas of Fountain House, the first clubhouse opened in New York City in 1948. The clubhouse model of Psychiatric Rehabilitation offers a full array of services including vocational, educational and social supports. The clubhouse guarantees all participants the following rights:

  • A guaranteed right to a place to come
  • A guaranteed right to meaningful work
  • A guaranteed right to meaningful relationships
  • A guaranteed right to a place to return

Some of the hallmarks of the Clubhouse Model include:

  • Members are actively involved in all operational and decision-making procedures of the clubhouse
  • Members work side by side in "work units" to keep the clubhouse running
  • The work of the clubhouse is central to its' success; work builds genuine relationships and increases self-esteem
  • Participation is voluntary by members

Each work unit is responsible to complete specific projects for the clubhouse. While some members pursue volunteer work or continued education, work is the central focus. Members learn valuable skills as they work and build relationships at the clubhouse.

Mosaic Clubhouse

Mosaic Clubhouse

Every clubhouse member has access to Transitional Employment (TE) opportunities which are maintained by the clubhouse, but paid by the employer directly to members. TE's are entry level competitive jobs in the community which are usually 8-20 hours per week. The TE's last 6-9 months and the member is trained on the job by the clubhouse staff.

Mosaic House offers social hours after the work-ordered day as another tool for building relationships. Experience and research have shown that involvement in a clubhouse or a job increases members' self-esteem, reduces symptoms of mental illness, and reduces the time members are hospitalized.

Mosaic House is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm with extended hours on Wednesdays, Saturdays and holidays for social activities. For more information, e-mail mosaichouse@trsinc.org or call 610-375-7840. Mosaic House is located at 525 Franklin Street, Reading, Pennsylvania.

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Linda Groff
Vice President, Mental Health Services
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