High Hopes in Waterville Receives International Distinction

Kennebec Behavioral Health’s High Hopes Clubhouse has recently been recognized by Clubhouse International (www.ICCD.org) as a Clubhouse of distinction among all Clubhouses worldwide.

High Hopes, which provides employment, education and social opportunities for people with severe and persistent mental illness, has been recognized among all Clubhouses as having the highest percent of its members – 79% who are working in supported or independent employment. Currently, there are over 320 Clubhouses in 34 countries across the globe, each of which strives to meet or exceed an international standard that at least 20% of the Clubhouse’s average daily membership is actively working.

With 79% of active members working, High Hopes in Waterville and its sister Clubhouses, Looking Ahead in Lewiston, and Capitol Clubhouse in Augusta are known to be among the most effective Clubhouses in the world. Collectively, the three Clubhouses serve over 600 people members each year. According to Clubhouse International’s most recent Accreditation report, “High Hopes is an exceptional Clubhouse community, which excels in its compliance to all of the Clubhouse International Standards. The Clubhouse is dedicated to providing a community where members are treated with dignity and respect and given everyone opportunity to be valuable members of their community”. Statewide organizations recognize the value of Clubhouse as well.

Earlier this month, at its annual meeting NAMI Maine presented the KBH Clubhouses with their Outstanding Partner Award. According to Jenna Mehnert, executive director of NAMI Maine “we are very honored to work with the staff of your clubhouses. Not only do we respect the work clubhouses accomplish in partnership with peers, we appreciate how willing they are to engage with NAMI Maine staff on various projects”. Lisa Soucie, director of High Hopes, says it takes a whole community to make Clubhouse successful. “We really want to celebrate the whole community’s response, including local employers who hire Clubhouse members, our parent company KBH, local churches, state government, local law enforcement and more”. And that celebration just happens to coincide with High Hopes’ 20th anniversary which occurred earlier in December, 2017.

For details about High Hopes Clubhouse in Waterville, Looking Ahead Clubhouse in Lewiston or Capitol Clubhouse in Augusta, or any of Kennebec Behavioral Health’s services and supports, go online to www.kbhmaine.org or call 207-873-2136, ext. 1905.

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