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Who We Are

The statistics for mental illness reveal a national crisis. One in four people lives with a mental illness, but fewer than half get treatment. Because treatment often consists of medication, some benefits, and perhaps housing, this still leaves most to live in isolation and desperation. Magnolia Clubhouse fills this critical void in our community mental health care system.

Our Mission

Magnolia Clubhouse is a vital community of growth, hope, and opportunity.  Our mission is to ensure that people living with mental illness are respected co-workers, neighbors, and friends.  

Our Vision

One day, across the world, the human rights movement for social justice, to which Clubhouses are dedicated, will no longer be needed. People who live with mental illness everywhere will live lives of dignity and fulfillment and will reach their full potential. 

Our History

Magnolia Clubhouse (est. 2004) is the successor to Cleveland’s Hill House, founded in 1961, a pioneer in the field of psychiatric rehabilitation. Our organization is based on the Clubhouse Model, the foundation of more than 300 Clubhouses worldwide.

The first Clubhouse, Fountain House, was established in New York City in 1948 and remains the largest Clubhouse in the world. Fountain House emerged from the meetings of WANA (We Are Not Alone) that was organized by former patients of a state hospital as a self-help group.


The Clubhouse Model

The Clubhouse Model provides people with mental illness opportunities for friendship, employment, housing, education, and access to medical and psychiatric services in a caring and safe environment. Here, members and staff work side-by-side to operate the Clubhouse—the contributions of each member are needed and appreciated.

The components of a Clubhouse are:

  • It is a community
  • It is participative
  • It is structured to end isolation
  • It is focused on wellness
  • It is a resource for those who want to return to work or school.

Accreditation & Standards

Magnolia Clubhouse is accredited by Clubhouse International and operates on the Clubhouse Standards which have been developed over two decades. As an evidence-based model, there is research that proves Clubhouses to be effective and one of the most viable resources available due to their remarkable affordability.

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