Members and staff at the Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley Miracle Clubhouse. TY GREENLEES / STAFF FILE PHOTO
Photo: Ty Greenlees
Photo: Ty Greenlees

Miracle Clubhouse can use your help

Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley’s Miracle Clubhouse is a community organized to help people living with serious mental illness as they manage their illness and rejoin the world of employment, education, family and friends. It’s billed as “A Place to Belong.”

“At the heart of the Clubhouse model is the community and the belief that work and relationships are rehabilitative,” says coordinator Kathy Trick. “In the Clubhouse, members are needed, belong, and engage in all aspects of the Clubhouse operation. Through this work, skills and relationships are developed which lead to recovery and increased self-sufficiency, employment and socialization in the broader community.”

Among the Clubhouse projects is a garden where plants range from lettuce and artichokes to sunflowers.

The organization, Trick says, is committed to eliminating the stigma surrounding mental illness through educational presentations at the Clubhouse and in the community. Clubhouse regularly hosts “Lunch & Learn” events to invite community members to learn about the Clubhouse model and mental illness. These events are held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month. The public is invited to come and learn more.

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Miracle Clubhouse is an Accredited Clubhouse though Clubhouse International, an evidence-based practice that has been shown to promote recovery from mental illness. Miracle is only the second accredited Clubhouse in Ohio.

Here’s what they need:

  • Snack food for the Clubhouse snack bar (including granola bars, chips, crackers, peanuts)
  • Office supplies (pens, dry erase markers, notebooks, paper clips, etc.)
  • Fish food
  • Personal hygiene products
  • Plants, planters and potting soil

To give to Miracle Clubhouse, drop off your donations from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 243 Warren St., Dayton.

For more information, contact coordinator Kathy Trick at (937) 262-7983 or k.trick@gesmv.org.

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“Since you ran our article we have been receiving several large donations of clothing and household items,” writes Marcia Ehlers, the assistant director of human services and outreach at Good Neighbor House. “In addition, we have a volunteer candidate coming this week who heard about us from your article and felt compelled to donate her time! In addition several clients came in for help who weren’t aware of what we offered. Wow! Thank you for making a difference.”

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