St. Joseph House is designed to create a restorative environment for people with mental illness. Members and staff work together as colleagues to accomplish the goals of the Clubhouse.
This program helps people with serious, persistent mental illness to restore their self-esteem and self-confidence, to re-enter the job market and to live independently. St. Joseph House offers meaningful relationships in a supportive environment. A comprehensive program of vocational training and social adjustment is offered five days a week from 8:00AM to 4:00PM. Social and recreational activities are offered on evenings and weekends.
St. Joseph House provides the opportunity to be in an environment which enables members to build the confidence, self-esteem, and skills necessary for vocationally productive and socially satisfying lives while living with and accepting their illness.
Work areas include culinary arts, clerical, hospitality, horticulture, and housekeeping. Members use the Clubhouse the way they need - they choose the amount of time they spend there, the type of work they engage in, and with whom they work. Members and staff make decisions together about the operation of the clubhouse. If they wish, members can participate in one of our work programs. St. Joseph House has built relationships with employers in Houston, and with the help of staff, members can secure placement with these cooperating employers.
Our goal is to help individuals achieve their highest potential. Regaining self-respect and dignity is the first step toward living a full life.
St. Joseph House can be classified as a psychosocial rehabilitation center, certified by the International Center for Clubhouse Development. It is the first member in Texas to be awarded this distinction.
The Director of St. Joseph House is Grant Kennedy. The Clubhouse is manned by a dedicated full time staff, including professed religious, volunteers and clients who are in job training, doing the work necessary to maintain and keep their center going.