The Business Unit oversees the Center for Housing, Employment, and Education (CHEE) and the clerical work that keeps the Clubhouse running from day-to-day. Members in the Business Unit participate in the following:
- Collecting and managing Clubhouse statistics
- Cleaning and organizing our building
- Managing inventory, ordering supplies for the Clubhouse
- Watering plants, groundskeeping
- Calculating and depositing breakfast and lunch sales
- Managing the reception area
The Center for Housing, Employment, and Education (CHEE)
The CHEE is a collection of resources available for our members. It includes a set of four computers that exist solely for Clubhouse members to research opportunities for housing, employment, and education. For those who are not comfortable with navigating a computer to find these resources, hard copies of CHEE information are regularly printed out and kept in binders at the CHEE station. There are also two resource boards with hundreds of informational pamphlets and brochures. Both Clubhouse members and staff can assist any member who might need help searching for information related to housing, employment, and education.
Research shows that up to 80% of people with serious illness would work if given the opportunity; however, less than 15% of adults with serious mental illness are able to maintain employment. At the San Antonio Clubhouse, we work with our Members to help them achieve their personal employment goals. We offer three primary employment programs: Transitional Employment, Supported Employment, and Independent Employment.
Transitional Employment (TE) is a highly structured program for members returning to work. TE placements are at the employer’s place of business, are part time (15-20 hours per week), and include substantial on-site and off-site support from the Clubhouse. This program is specifically designed as a vocational rehabilitation program where a member can gain or re-gain the skills and confidence necessary to have a job while employed in a “real world” position. The only requirement from the member to participate in Transitional Employment is the expressed desire to work. These placements generally last from six to nine months. After the initial placement, members then can try another placement or move on to supported or independent employment. To see a list our current Transitional Employment Sponsors, please click here.
With Supported Employment (SE), the Clubhouse still develops and maintains a relationship with the employer, but the position belongs solely to the member/employee and hiring occurs through a competitive application and interview process. While the Clubhouse assists with job site development and training, there is no absence coverage. These positions are not time-limited, and the member may keep the position as long as he or she is willing and able.
Independent Employment (IE) is a program of the Clubhouse where members, when ready, are given help from the Clubhouse to apply for and acquire a job of their own. The Clubhouse then provides on-going support and encouragement for the member when requested. There is no on-site support at the place of business for members in independent employment. All of the support is at the Clubhouse.