Winner of Showcase in the Circle Business Award

Magnolia Clubhouse is Showcase in the Circle Business Award Winner

 For Release May 6, 2013, Cleveland, Ohio

 Magnolia Clubhouse, a non-profit organization serving the needs of adults who live with mental illness, announces that they were selected – together with Accent restaurant - as the


Showcase in the Circle Business Award Winner in the

Award Category: Best Non-Profit/Local Business Relationship


This award honors a business relationship between a University Circle non-profit and an Uptown neighborhood business.

 ACCENT, a Pan-Asian restaurant which opened in Uptown last fall, has partnered with Magnolia Clubhouse for Transitional Employment Positions. Magnolia Advisory Board member Liz Fowler introduced Magnolia Clubhouse to the owners, Brenda and Scott Kim.

Magnolia Clubhouse Executive Director Dr. Lori D’Angelo explained that Transitional Employment (TE)  "is an essential feature of Magnolia Clubhouse which develops and sustains part-time job placements with local businesses. Members can return to work, earn a good wage, expand their experiences and obtain good job references. Magnolia Clubhouse supports members throughout their TE experience by providing on-the-job training, supervision and support. The Clubhouse also fills in for any member unable to work on their TE, providing employers guaranteed job coverage.”

Magnolia Clubhouse has four members employed by ACCENT: LaTanya, Jernigan, Wanda and Matthew.  The Magnolia Clubhouse members help prepare food, wash dishes and perform light cleaning. Brenda Kim commented,  “We appreciate the Magnolia Clubhouse members that have joined the Accent team.  They are always motivated and ready to take on any task.  Clubhouse staff Chuck and Greg are always there to offer support.  It has been a wonderful experience working with Magnolia Clubhouse.”

 Matthew said, “We sincerely thank them for these opportunities.”

 Wanda said, “I love the building and atmosphere. The people are great and I enjoy my work!” Wanda had not worked in 14 years and took a great step forward with this employment opportunity.

 LaTanya’s work in the kitchen at Magnolia Clubhouse (where members and staff prepare lunch daily) made this a perfect opportunity for her.

 Recently Magnolia Clubhouse partnered with Marriott Hotels for 2 Transitional Employment positions as part of the housekeeping staff there. 

 Magnolia Clubhouse (formerly known as Hill House) has been promoting recovery for adults with mental illness inNortheast Ohio since 1961. Magnolia Clubhouse supports employment and education for over 300 members. Psychiatric services and primary care services are offered in its Carriage House Clinic.


11101 Magnolia Drive, Cleveland, OH44106,

 Contact: Sarah Ott-Hansen, Director of Development at 216.721.3030 or



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