People living with mental illness often require a variety of social and medical services. Through the work-ordered day at Potter Place, members are given help in accessing the best quality services in their community. Help is given to members in acquiring and keeping affordable and dignified housing, psychiatric and general medical services, government disability benefits and any other needed services. Members and staff from the Clubhouse ensure that all support and assistance is provided.
In addition to work opportunities, Potter Place provides afternoon, evening, weekend, and holiday social and recreational programming. Members and staff together organize structured and non-structured social activities. These activities are scheduled outside of the work-ordered day. Holidays are celebrated on the day on which they fall. Activities are scheduled both at Potter Place and in the community. Social programming occurs from 3 to 4 pm Monday through Friday, from 12 to 3 pm on Saturdays, and we are open for an Employment Dinner from 5 to 7 pm on Thursdays.
Part of the daily work of Potter Place involves keeping in contact with all active members. When a member does not attend the Clubhouse or is in the hospital an outreach telephone call or visit is made. Each member is reminded that he or she is missed, and welcome and needed at the Clubhouse. This process not only encourages members to participate, but it is also an early warning system for members who are experiencing difficulties and may need extra help.