Compass House was born through a community movement to establish a Clubhouse in Southern Oregon. This partnership is led by community members, nonprofit leaders, Jackson County Mental Health, and Clubhouse International. This came as a result of the closure of the DASIL Drop in Center and the Hawthorne Center. Both organizations served as social safety nets for individuals who suffered from both mental illness and disabilities. As a result Hawthorne Center merged its assets into DASIL and on October 9th, 2013 DASIL formally changed its name to Compass House and began to transform into an organization that is modeled after the evidence based practice called the Clubhouse Model of Psychosocial Rehabilitation. Compass House is located at 332 W. 6th St. Medford, OR 97501 and has been in operation since August 1st, 2014.
What is a Clubhouse?
The ‘Clubhouse Model of Psychosocial Rehabilitation’ is an evidence-based practice that creates a dynamic program of support and opportunities for people with mental illnesses. In contrast to traditional day treatment models, Clubhouse participants are called “members” (as opposed to “patients” or “clients”), restorative activities focus on their strengths and abilities, not their illness and a Clubhouse is unique in that it is not a clinical program. All participation in a Clubhouse is strictly voluntary. Today there are over 300 Clubhouses in 33 countries in the world. A Clubhouse can and will restore a “broken” person to his/her full potential, based on what you can do, not what you can’t. A Clubhouse is a relationship model that allows members the right to belong and to feel welcomed. It also helps members find jobs, complete education and return to the community as persons who have a higher sense of self-worth, confidence and who have found a deeper sense of meaning and purpose in their lives.
In 2014 Clubhouse International and Fountain House New York were awarded $1.5m Conrad N Hilton Humanitarian Prize in recognition of the positive impact of clubhouses worldwide to alleviate human suffering.