Transitional Employment Program

The Clubhouse is a pre-vocational rehabilitation program for people with severe mental illness. With an emphasis on work ethic, members work alongside professional staff in the operation of the clubhouse.  When members begin working for pay, the clubhouse provides ongoing vocational support.

What is transitional employment?

· Part-time, basic/entry-level work

· Time-limited to 6-9 months

· Guaranteed coverage

· Selection, training and ongoing support from Clubhouse Placement Managers

· Working members are employees of the company and are paid the prevailing wage rate


Employers who are currently participating in Transitional Employment:

These TE’s are really awesome!
— Tee Shirt Palace

benefits to employers

· Hard-working and dedicated employees

· Guaranteed coverage

· Pre-screening

· Training by Clubhouse

· Ongoing support from Clubhouse

· Reduced costs

· Tax credits

· Decreased turnover

· No benefits required

· More diverse labor pool

· Being part of the movement to erase stigma

Something about how awesome our TE program is from an employer
— Stacy Zoup

benefits to members


Employment is an important factor in defining who we are as individuals, and what role we play in the community.  It boosts self esteem, fosters independence, and enhances an individual’s mental health. 

I enjoyed my TE because it helped me to stay busy. Being busy helps me in my recovery and having something to do each day makes me feel good about myself
— Deb A. - Clubhouse Member

Transitional Employment (TE) benefits Clubhouse members who are entering or re-entering the work force by providing a safe environment to enhance work skills, and by affording the opportunity to work as part of a team and establish interpersonal relationships.

My TE gave me great work experience and helped teach me responsibility. I also really like the paycheck that came along with hard work
— Reeta B - Clubhouse Member

benefits to community

Transitional Employment enriches the community by reducing stigma, building relationships with community partners, and reducing working Clubhouse members’ dependence on entitlement programs.