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What is Capital Clubhouse? 

Capital Clubhouse, Inc. is a Washington, DC-based non-profit organization that offers people whose lives have been disrupted by mental illness the opportunity to demonstrate that they can and do lead productive, happy lives. Founded in 2017, we became fully operational in October 2019 in a space at NY Avenue Presbyterian Church. In March of 2020, we began to meet as a clubhouse online daily.

There are some 200 Clubhouses in the U.S., over 300 around the world, and now also one in our nation’s capital. Clubhouses are member-based communities where people living with mental illness can experience respect, hope and opportunities. The clubhouse model is proving to be a great asset in the Washington, DC system of mental health care.

Words from Our Community

Capital Clubhouse gives me encouragement and acceptance to be me without limits. With my fellow members' support, I am able to work on my wellness and employment goals. Staff and members share ways to thrive which is so very vital to maintaining mental health.                                                      


Capital Clubhouse Member

The model works! 

Outcomes from Clubhouse participation include (data available):

  • Employment, with longer on-the-job tenure for members engaging in Clubhouse transitional employment

  • Cost effectiveness, compared to other mental healthcare approaches (between  and ½ the cost)

  • Decreased hospitalizations, as a result of membership in a Clubhouse program

  • Reduced incarcerations, with criminal justice system involvement substantially diminished during and after Clubhouse program membership

  • Improved well-being, with studies showing Clubhouse members significantly more likely to report that they have close and supportive friendships

What Capital Clubhouse offers its members

Like other Clubhouses across the world, Capital Clubhouse provides living proof that people with mental illness can lead productive and satisfying lives. It offers members:

  • A working environment where the talents and abilities of members are recognized and encouraged

  • Opportunities to obtain paid employment in mainstream industries and businesses

  • Assistance in accessing educational resources and other community-support resources

  • Assistance in securing and sustaining safe, decent and affordable housing

  • Participation in consensus-based decision making for all matters related to the running of the Clubhouse

  • Evening/weekend/holiday social and recreational events

Clubhouse "members" are people who want to: 

  • Join a community

  • Make friends

  • Work with others

  • Stay active

  • Get back to work

  • Go back to school

  • Receive support towards achieving their goals

  • Learn how to access needed resources

  • Increase their independence

  • Have a “home base” in case of a relapse to get back on their feet

The Model Works!

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