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Penn Foundation’s Wellspring Clubhouse Celebrates Members’ Achievements at Annual Employment Dinner

Wellspring Clubhouse, Penn Foundation’s voluntary social, educational, and vocational rehabilitation program for adults living with mental illness, recently celebrated the vocational achievements of program members at its 16th annual Employment Dinner.

“We often see that work promotes improvement in mental health and overall experience of well-being,” says Jill Horan, Career Development and Administrative Coordinator for Wellspring Clubhouse. “Work provides an opportunity for connection with the community, a sense of contribution and giving back, and promotes positive self-esteem. We celebrated 47 members who have had employment experiences over the past year and recognized the local companies who graciously partner with us to offer these opportunities."

Clubhouse members are exposed to different f employment opportunities, with varying level s of Penn Foundation staff involvement. They include Transitional Employment (six-nine months), Supported Employment (indefinite amount of time), and Independent Employment. These aspects of the Clubhouse, along with educational aspects such as GED preparation and college visits, are integral in helping members progress in their recovery.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Penn Foundation’s Wellspring Clubhouse operates based on the original “Clubhouse Model” founded by Fountain House in New York City in 1948. The purpose of Wellspring Clubhouse is to instill hope among members with mental health and/or co-occurring substance use challenges. Members of the Clubhouse choose to work in one of three units Member Services, Career Development, or Health and Wellness. Members are taught the skills and resources needed to achieve an improved quality of life in the community, and employment is promoted as an essential part of mental health recovery. The Clubhouse is located on Rockhill Mennonite Community’s campus. For more information about Wellspring Clubhouse, visit www.PennFoundation.org.

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