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. The work-ordered day is an eight-hour period, typically Monday through Friday, which parallels the typical business hours of the working community where the Clubhouse is located. Members and staff work side by side, as colleagues to perform the work that is important to their community. All of the work in the Clubhouse is for the Clubhouse and not for any outside agency or business. There are no clinical therapies or treatment-oriented programs in the Clubhouse. Members are not paid for clubhouse work, nor are there any artificial reward systems. Members volunteer to participate as they feel ready and according to their individual interests.
Yahara House functions through side-by-side work with members and staff. At Yahara House, members and staff work side-by-side in three departments. All of the work is both meaningful and entirely for the clubhouse. This work helps people in their recovery and with building and maintaining skills.
The three departments that members can participate in are as follows:
Biz is short for business and in this department we calculate total number of hours that members come into the clubhouse and into the different departments. We also have FIZ which stands for financial independence zealots which helps members by creating a budget, helping them with their bills, and giving out weekly budgeted money.
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. MC also organizes the Merc which sells gently used clothing and shoes for members for 50 cents to a dollar.
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 welcome to come and stay for any length of time from 8:30 to 4:30 Monday through Friday. Typical department times are held in the morning from 9:30pm to 12:30pm and in the afternoons from 1:30pm to 4:30pm.