The Work-Ordered Day
Yahara House is about community and work.
The daily activity of a Clubhouse is organized around a structured system known as the work-ordered day. Between 8:30am and 4:30pm, Monday through Friday, members and staff work side-by-side as colleagues to perform important work for our community. All of the work is purposeful, recovery-oriented, and is entirely for the running of the Clubhouse.
This work occurs in three departments, which are as follows:
Biz manages the finances and statistics of the Clubhouse,
operates the reception desk, and oversees the gardening and groundskeeping. Biz also organizes the Merc which sells gently used clothing and shoes for members for 50 cents to a dollar.
Membership and Communication -- AKA “MC” helps with orientation for new members and tours, creates video news, manages our Facebook and Instagram, makes cards for members and staff outreach, and produces a monthly newsletter.
Café provides homemade lunch Monday through Friday for 90 cents. We also bake cookies for the Tuesday house meeting and bake a dessert for Thursday lunch for 40 cents. We plan the lunches, order the food, organize the food for daily lunches, and do daily cleanup after lunches. Also café hosts Catfish Café on Friday afternoons, which is a time for members and staff to perform and have fun!
Members are encouraged to bring personal goals into department. Here they can receive collegial support in completing personal tasks such as submitting benefits paperwork, connecting to services in the community, applying for housing, scheduling medical appointments, and navigating transportation.
In addition to department, Yahara House offers:
We take an integrative approach to wellbeing, addressing all eight dimensions of health as desired for colleagues. Activities range from meditation to personalized menu planning to promotion of creativity. Yahara House has a wellness room with mats, weights, a treadmill, a bike, and other equipment.
Yahara House assists members to reach their vocational and educational goals by helping them take advantage of educational opportunities in the community. We also provide an in-house education support group that significantly utilizes the teaching and tutoring skills of members.