Description & History

The East New York Clubhouse (ENYCH) was opened by the Brooklyn Community Services in 1995. It has 400 members who have a history of mental illness, of which 160 are regularly active. Many members also deal with barriers such as chemical dependency, housing needs, literacy problems, and lack of GED or vocational training.

Within the Clubhouse, the day is ordered the work that needs to be achieved - called the 'work ordered day'. The work ordered day parallels normal working hours and involves the running of the Clubhouse by members and staff working side by side. Individual strengths, talents and abilities are focused on. By working in the Clubhouse, many members feel a sense of accomplishment in seeing the results of their work that leads to greater self-esteem.

Further, the Education and Employment Unit within the Clubhouse assists individuals in overcoming the vocational and educational challenges associated with persistent mental illness. The transitional employment program finds paid entry-level employment opportunities for members at the prevailing wage rate in various settings. We develop partnerships with a variety of employers in order to create part-time, time-limited jobs for Clubhouse members. This work experience acts as an invaluable part of the members' rehabilitation program and prepares them for independent employment in the community.

The Clubhouse is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9am to 5pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am-8pm and Saturdays from 1pm-5pm.

Membership of the ENYCH is completely free, voluntary and lifelong. To become a member you must have an Axis 1 diagnosis of mental illness.

About the organization

East New York Clubhouse

Sue Buchanan
Managing Director of Mental Health and Wellness
Kristina Reintamm
Outreach & Engagement Manager