Acceptance, Opportunity & Support

We believe each person with a mental illness can rebuild a meaningful and productive life.

The Clubhouse Difference

Putnam Clubhouse is a welcoming community where adults recovering from mental illness come to rebuild their lives. Participants—called members, not patients or clients or consumers—share ownership and responsibility for the success of the organization. The underlying premise is that each member can sufficiently recover from the effects of mental illness to lead a personally satisfying and productive life. Recovery is achieved at the Clubhouse through work and work-mediated relationships, which are proven to be restorative and provide a firm foundation for growth, self-respect, and individual achievement.

Members work in a unique partnership with their peers and a small trained staff, building on personal strengths instead of focusing on illness. The Clubhouse provides an accepting place to spend the day, valuable work to perform within the organization, opportunities to socialize, health and wellness activities, expressive arts programming, and access to education and paid employment within the wider community.

Putnam Clubhouse was the first program in Northern California to be accredited by Clubhouse International. The Clubhouse International Model is included in the United States Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Registry of Evidence Based Practices and Programs. Extensive research indicates Clubhouse members and the communities in which they live benefit from higher employment, reduced hospitalization and incarceration, improved well-being, and reduced cost of services compared to other programs.

Participation is voluntary, at no cost to members, and available for ongoing support to adult residents of Contra Costa County who meet the membership criteria.

"A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future, and accepts you just the way you are."

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation presented the 2014 Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize of $1.5 million to Fountain House/Clubhouse International.

The Hilton Foundation gives the annual award, the world's largest humanitarian prize, to an organization that is doing extraordinary work to alleviate human suffering. Fountain House/Clubhouse International was selected for the 2014 Prize by a prestigious independent international jury.

Today Fountain House/Clubhouse International directly affects the lives of more than 100,000 people who participate in 340 clubhouses in 32 countries. The concept of membership underpins every aspect of the community. Clubhouse members have shared ownership and shared responsibility for their community starting with the "work-ordered day" that provides structure for their lives by assigning them duties to work side-by-side with staff to run the clubhouse.

Clubhouse Model Awarded the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize

— Rich King, Putnam Clubhouse Member

"The work-ordered day provides a foundation for recovery; the socializing that accompanies it makes a real difference in our lives."