The San Antonio Clubhouse is dedicated to the recovery of men and women with mental illness by providing opportunities for our members to live, work, and learn, while contributing their talents through a community of mutual support.
Our vision is that people with mental illness achieve their potential and are respected as co-workers, neighbors and friends.
About the San Antonio Clubhouse
The San Antonio Clubhouse is a part of the international Clubhouse movement. We are a professional self-help program, operated by men and women recovering from mental illness, in collaboration with a caring staff. The emphasis at the Clubhouse is on relationships – member to member, and member to staff. Members engage with each other to regain their productivity and self-confidence, resume their lives, and re-enter society. Members also take part in promoting their rights, and in erasing the stigma that often separates them from their neighbors.
Since its founding in 2003, The San Antonio Clubhouse has been providing hope and recovery for people diagnosed with mental illness.
More than sixty years ago, long before community mental health treatment was even conceived of, a group of people who had been discharged from Rockland State Hospital in New York began meeting together on the street corners of Manhattan and the local library. They came to discover that the support they were offering each other was essential to their well-being and their recovery from mental illness.
In 1948, these pioneers were able to obtain a grant to purchase a building known as Fountain House. This community created by members helped them to develop and maintain their self-respect and identities, as well as create meaningful relationships. Today, there are over 300 Clubhouses in 30 countries around the world.