We might not have it all together, but together we have it all!
The Ponoka Rising Sun Clubhouse Society opened it's doors on September 1st, 1994 and has created a community based alternative for mental health consumers in the Ponoka area and surrounding communities. The Ponoka Rising Sun Clubhouse Society's Staff and Board of Directors goals for our membership through services and programming is to...
- Provide a safe, supportive and normalizing environment for persons who are past and present consumers of mental health services who are isolated in the society.
- Provide an atmosphere of acceptance
- Help individuals feel needed and grow in self-worth, dignity, and respect.
- Provide support and direction to access necessary resources.
- Build partnerships with community members and businesses.
- Increase knowledge and educate communities about mental health.
- Provide social, recreational, educational and emotional support and opportunities in accordance with the expressed needs and desires of the members.
- Assist membership with the daily running of the clubhouse model which in turn provides sustainability of overall individual wellness for a person living independently within our community.
We all deserve the right to a place to come, meaningful work, relationships and a place to return.
A Right To Meaningful Work
The work-ordered day engages members and staff together, side-by-side, in the running of the Clubhouse. The Clubhouse focuses on strengths, talents and abilities; therefore, the work-ordered day must not include medication clinics, day treatment or therapy programs within the Clubhouse.The work done in the Clubhouse is exclusively the work generated by the Clubhouse in the operation and enhancement of the Clubhouse community. No work for outside individuals or agencies, whether for pay or not, is acceptable work in the Clubhouse. Members are not paid for any Clubhouse work, nor are there any artificial reward systems.
The clubhouse is open at least five days a week. The work-ordered day parallels typical working hours. The Clubhouse is organized into one or more work units, each of which has sufficient staff, members and meaningful work to sustain a full and engaging work-ordered day. Unit meetings are held to foster relationships as well as to organize and plan the work of the day. All work in the Clubhouse is designed to help members regain self worth, purpose and confidence; it is not intended to be job specific training. Members have the opportunity to participate in all of the work of the Clubhouse, including administration, research, enrollment and orientation, reach out, hiring, training and evaluation of staff, public relations, advocacy and evaluation of Clubhouse effectiveness.