Miracle Clubhouse helps those recovering from mental illness

Members of the Miracle Clubhouse community paint the Keowee Street “Love You” mural. CONTRIBUTED
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Members of the Miracle Clubhouse community paint the Keowee Street “Love You” mural. CONTRIBUTED

Adults recovering from mental illness find a welcoming home at Goodwill Easterseals Miami Valley’s Miracle Clubhouse. The program, designed to replicate the Monday-through-Friday workweek, is enhanced by weekend and holiday social activities. With a warm and supportive environment, the Clubhouse offers the dignity of work — both inside and outside — and places an emphasis on education and training.

Miracle Clubhouse is accredited through Clubhouse International, an evidence-based practice that promotes recovery from mental illness. “Clubhouse members are unique individuals who possess valuable talents, strengths, and abilities, which when combined, bring the Clubhouse alive,” says program coordinator Kathy Trick. This sense of membership, support, and belonging are at the very heart of the Clubhouse International model, she says.

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Throughout the pandemic, Miracle Clubhouse continued to support and stay connected to its members. “Now we’re in the reopening process and currently split the days into two shifts — one in the morning and one in the afternoon,” explains Trick. “This allows for more Clubhouse members to sign up and stay engaged while still allowing for some social distancing.”

The organization has continued to find new and creative ways to remain socially engaged with members who may not be ready to come back to the building. Members are called daily and there has been ongoing communication via Facebook, YouTube and Zoom.

Creative projects

Miracle Clubhouse recently partnered with Dayton artists Tiffany Clark and Leslea Hipp of The Mural Machine to continue work on the “Love You: Mental Wellness/Suicide Awareness Mural,” located on Keowee Street between First and Third streets. The mural honors those who have attempted suicide or have lost their lives. This phase of the project is being funded by Culture Works and the Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District 2020 Special Projects Grant.

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Dayton-area community volunteers are invited to the next Community Workday to help paint, clean and improve the mural from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 19. The special workday is open and accessible to all. Parking is available at lots located near each end of the mural.

“We are excited to partner with The Mural Machine on this project, show our community that mental health resources are available and beautify our city,” says Trick. “We hope to bring awareness to mental health and open dialogue to end stigma. We don’t want anyone to feel alone.”

Here’s what they need

• Snack food for the Clubhouse snack bar (including granola bars, chips, crackers, peanuts)

• Cooking supplies (olive oil, butter, condiments, salad dressing, and gallon Ziploc bags)

• Office supplies (pens, dry erase markers, notebooks, binders, folders, etc.)

• Personal hygiene products (toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo/conditioner, soap)

• Potting soil and planters

Drop off donations from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 243 Warren St., Dayton.

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

Want to learn more?

The Miracle Clubhouse is also committed to eliminating stigma through educational presentations. The organization regularly hosts Lunch & Learns where community members learn about the Clubhouse model and mental illness.

Currently, Lunch & Learns are held virtually through Zoom on the third Tuesday of each month at noon. The next one is scheduled for Tuesday, June 15. If you’d like to attend contact k.trick@gesmv.org for the Zoom link.

For more information, visit www.gesmv.org or call (937) 262-7983.


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