Opportunity Centre Clubhouse

A member of the Pennsylvania Clubhouse Coalition
Certified by the International Center for Clubhouse Development
Licensed by the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

“Opportunity Centre Clubhouse provided me with meaningful activities, friendships and employment. It gave my recovery a much needed jumpstart.”

—Mary

Vision: Grow into a better, bigger, stronger Clubhouse to serve the needs of existing members and new members in the Centre County Region.
Mission: Opportunity Centre Clubhouse is dedicated to supporting individuals recovering from serious mental illness in pursuit of their individualized paths to recovery.

The Opportunity Centre Clubhouse is dedicated to supporting individuals recovering from serious mental illness who are in pursuit of their individualized paths to recovery. Following the evidence-based Clubhouse model, the Opportunity Centre Clubhouse is a community organized to support individuals living with the effects of mental illness.

commardarie Clubhouse: A community of people working together toward a common goal — recovery.

Through participation in the Clubhouse, people are given opportunities to develop lasting friendships, be valued members of their community, increase self-esteem and self-worth, gain education and work experience, and find careers that work for them. The Clubhouse provides its Members with access to the services and supports they may need to recover their chosen roles in the community.

Open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Clubhouse offers a restorative, relaxed atmosphere for people who have had their lives drastically disrupted by mental illness and who need the support of others who believe recovery from mental illness is possible for everyone.

The term Clubhouse communicates a message of membership and belonging. A Clubhouse is first and foremost a community of people; in this case, a community of people working together toward a common goal — recovery.

Features of the Work Day

The Clubhouse features two work units (clerical and kitchen) that support a work day and maintain the operation of the Clubhouse. The work is designed to help Members regain self-worth, purpose, and confidence. It is not meant to be job-specific training.

employment and training Clubhouse employment programs are among the most successful.

Each work unit is designed to help Members develop work skills and ease into meaningful work with the community. Work units are integrated with the culture and values of the Clubhouse and focus on the needs for the operation of the Clubhouse. Members can change work units as they desire.

“OCC gives meaning to the day rather than just hanging out.”

—Steve

Members choose to focus on one or more areas of interest with the knowledge that the work they do at the Clubhouse is not paid work, but instead contributes to the Clubhouse’s operation and their own self-esteem and recovery.

Employment Programs

Clubhouse employment programs are some of the most successful vocational rehabilitation programs in today’s community mental health systems.

If and when a Member decides he or she is ready to become employed, Clubhouse staff offer assistance in obtaining a variety of work through volunteering, transitional employment placement, supported employment, part-time independent, or full-time independent employment.

support The annual Candlelight Vigil raises community awareness.

Social

Staff and Members plan Clubhouse social activities together. Activities are offered three Thursday evenings each month and one Saturday each month.

Education

The Opportunity Center Clubhouse can assist Members in furthering their education goals. The Clubhouse provides connections to community resources for adult learners and utilizes Members and their educational backgrounds to tutor other Members. The Clubhouse also assists with filling out applications and finding financial aid for Members who seek formal education opportunities.

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Due to the unique nature of the many integrated services provided by a Clubhouse, the Clubhouse community is always able to meet the Members wherever they are in their personal recovery journey.

Interested in a tour? Call the Opportunity Centre Clubhouse at 814-867-1454 to arrange a date and time to visit. The Clubhouse is now located at 2603 East College Avenue, Suite E-2, State College.

If you wish to become a Member, contact the Opportunity Centre Clubhouse to make arrangements. All referral paperwork needed to become a Member will come through your county case manager.