Services Provided

What Services Are Provided?

Workforce and Self-Sufficiency Development

EC members develop skills that are essential to workforce success in a supportive and non-stigmatizing environment.

Work-Ordered Day

Empowerment Clubhouse operates Monday through Friday, and hours of operation mirror typical business hours. During the Work-Ordered Day, members voluntarily work together with staff to successfully run the day-to-day operations of the Clubhouse.

Participation in Work Units

Empowerment Clubhouse is divided into work units, and members choose which unit(s) they want to work in and can move between units throughout the day. Members learn and practice skills in a safe and supportive environment, and develop the soft skills needed for success in the workplace.


Culinary/Hospitality/Gardening Unit:
Members who choose to work in the Culinary/Hospitality/Gardening Unit develop skills by participating in the following activities:

  • Menu planning
  • Budgeting
  • Food shopping
  • Meal preparation and service
  • Revenue collection and accounting
  • General housekeeping
  • Gardening

Business/Clerical Unit:
Members who choose to work in the Business/Clerical Unit develop skills and receive training in the following areas:

  • Filing and mailing/e-mailing
  • The use of Word, Excel, and Publisher
  • Producing a bi-monthly newsletter
  • Receptionist duties
  • Leadership skills
  • Presentation skills

Decision-Making and Self-Efficacy Training and Practice:
Collective decision making and governance are a crucial aspect of Empowerment Clubhouse. All members and staff attend meetings and contribute to consensus-based decision-making about policy issues, activities, and strategic planning for the Clubhouse.

Social and Recreational Activities:
Members develop meaningful and lasting friendships through recreation and occasional weekend and holiday gatherings and special events. Members have the opportunity to participate in a weekly art class, and to organize special recreational outings. Outings and events include movies, beach trips, holiday BBQs, hikes, meals at local restaurants, and kayaking.


Health and Wellness:
The promotion of healthy lifestyle habits is woven into the day-to-day operation of the Clubhouse.  The meals prepared and served by the Culinary Unit are nutritious, balanced, and utilize fresh organic produce when available. Healthy living is also the focus of “Wellness Wednesday” activities, including: lectures by health educators, physical activities such as yoga and hiking, and cooking demonstrations.

Advocacy and Connection to Support Services:
Members receive support navigating through a network of social services in the community while developing their ability to advocate for themselves and their fellow members. These supports include help with entitlements, housing, legal issues, developing healthy lifestyles, connecting with quality medical, psychological, psychiatric, and dental care.