Neponset River House is dedicated to providing a wide variety of services to its members, including support with: employment, education, housing, health and wellness, dual recovery, and social opportunities. Members and staff work together to accomplish the work and goals of the Clubhouse daily, and members can choose and pursue activities that fit with their individual goals. All services focus on increasing members’ independence, developing valuable relationships, and fostering hope. Discover how Neponset River House can help you or a loved one today.
WORK ORDERED DAY
Work units are the heart and soul of daily activities at the Clubhouse. Members and staff work together as colleagues to accomplish the work and goals of the Clubhouse during the Work-Ordered Day. The length of time a member spends in a work unit is based on personal preference and interests. Members have the opportunity to regain confidence in their ability to work, develop positive work habits and skills, and establish job references. For many members this is a first step to returning to paid employment.
Members have the opportunity to explore a variety of work activities, including:
• Word processing and spreadsheet design
• Data collection, data entry, and statistical reporting
• Food services
• Reception and member outreach and orientation
• Banking and budgeting skills
• Newsletter production and publication
• Building and grounds maintenance
• Social media and website management
The Clubhouse Employment Program helps members, whatever their previous work experience, strengthen job readiness skills, acquire long-term employment, regain confidence and motivation needed to succeed, and achieve greater economic independence.
Transitional Employment (TE)
Transitional Employment offers members the opportunity to enter, or re-enter, competitive employment with intense job support from a placement manager. Placements are part-time, entry level, and typically last between 6-9 months. Central to Transitional Employment a Clubhouse staff person fills in if a member is unable to work on a given day ensuring the job is covered and remains available.
Supported Employment (SE)
Supported Employment assists members who are ready for more permanent employment. While the position belongs to the member, the Clubhouse develops and maintains a positive relationship with the employer. Positions are on-going and may be part-time or full-time.
Independent Employment (IE)
Many Clubhouse members have also obtained independent employment on their own or with the assistance of job developers.
Additional supports include:
• Career planning
• Resume writing
• Job search assistance
• Interview preparation and assistance
• Benefit & entitlement management
• Ongoing employment support
Continuing education can be a great way for members to involve themselves in the community and work toward their learning or employment goals. Education can be a catalyst for employment and learning new skills helps our members develop the knowledge and confidence to achieve greater economic independence.
The Clubhouse offers a variety of education supports including:
• Educational counseling and planning
• Assistance with application process
• Assistance with financial aid application process
• Guidance and support with campus tours
• Transportation to local campuses
• Access to in-house computer-based learning programs
• Meeting with Guidance and other relevant offices
Having a safe place to live is essential to a person’s recovery process. The Clubhouse’s commitment is to support members in finding and maintaining safe, stable, and affordable long-term housing.
The Clubhouse offers assistance with a variety of supports, including:
• Completing housing & subsidy applications
• Arranging cleaning & moving services
• Navigating the eviction process
• Annual income verification
• Accessing emergency utility needs
• Housing support visits
HEALTH & WELLNESS
Developing good mental and physical health allows individuals to realize their full potential, cope with the stresses of life, work productively, and make meaningful contributions to their communities.
The Clubhouse strives to offer activities and supports that promote healthy lifestyles including:
• Assistance with finding and accessing medical, dental, or psychiatric providers
• Health and Wellness planning
• Affordable, healthy meals at the Clubhouse
• Smoking Cessation assistance
• Peer supports
Another important aspect of health and wellness is dual recovery.
It is estimated that sixty percent of people with mental health challenges have an underlying substance use issue. Individuals often turn to substances as a way to self-medicate and address symptoms of emotional distress. Our Clubhouse provides education and support to members around these issues in the form of Dual Recovery Anonymous (DRA), a non-professional Twelve Step self-help program open to anyone who is concerned about their personal recovery. Dual Recovery Anonymous helps individuals learn alternative ways to manage difficulties through connection, support, education, and mutual understanding.
The Clubhouse firmly believes that strong social supports can have a positive impact on a person’s health and well-being. The Clubhouse offers a number of social opportunities both in the Clubhouse and the community. Additionally, the Clubhouse is open on all holidays and some weekends and hosts a variety of social events on a regular basis. See our schedule for more details.
Riverside Clubhouses offer many opportunities through video conferencing or telephone for members to engage with Clubhouse activities and supports, such as:
• Daily Unit Meetings with wellness and advocacy check-ins, and time to schedule individualized supports.
• Workshops on employment, education, health and wellness, Dual Recovery Anonymous, and other specialized topics. See schedule.
• Program-wide and personalized goal planning and development meetings.