by Jesse Greenan, guest writer
Hope Centre Clubhouse opened in West Prince, PEI 23 years ago.
The centre provides those with mental health issues a safe space to meet new people, work on their individual goals, and have a good meal at an affordable price. While at the Centre, members are also able to gain transferable employment skills and other knowledge.
Today, Hope Centre Clubhouse is bigger and better than ever. The centre still is a place that provides its members with the same services, but now there is more.
Members can sign up for Transitional Employment positions. These positions help members gain employment skills and get into the mindset of working, while also supplementing their income. Other available employment supports include resumé writing, job search, skill building sessions, and more.
The centre also has subsidized apartments for members. The amount paid by residents is capped at a certain percentage of income to help those on a fixed income with rent and housing costs.
About the staff
There is a total of five staff, including the Director and Mental Health Rehabilitation Workers, each with their own unit. All staff have generalist roles as well.
The centre is open Monday to Friday 8:15 am to 4 pm. Each month, usually the first and third Thursday, the clubhouse is open until 8 pm, unless another activity is planned.
Hope Centre Clubhouse is located on 410 Main Street in Alberton. For more information, call 902- 853-3871.
Jesse Greenan has been a Hope Centre Clubhouse member for the past three years. He has found himself to have changed a lot since coming to the centre.
He is able to talk to people more, and to push himself to try different things. Some of the things he says he would not have done without this help and support include going back to school, applying for jobs and other programs, and making new contacts and friends.
He has a strong interest in writing and will be submitting articles to The Employment Journey website periodically.