Q. What is the Clubhouse?
The Clubhouse is a supportive network of members who participate in a work oriented environment to use and develop practical, functional community work and living skills. It utilizes a unique, multi-faced approach to accomplish these ends. (For more details see the Clubhouse section.)
Q. Did Opportunity Project originate the Clubhouse concept?
The Clubhouse model was established in the 1940′s by a group with mental health disabilities from Rockland State hospital. In 1987 the Clubhouse model was successfully applied by and for people with brain injuries. Opportunity Project is the first and only such model in New Jersey. The other Clubhouse models for people with brain injury are in California, Long Island, and Pennsylvania.
Q. Are there costs or fees involved in becoming a Clubhouse member?
Yes. For details see the admission requirements section?
Q. What age range is allowed to enter the Clubhouse?
Anyone from 18- 55+.
Q. Does Opportunity Project work with other agencies?
Yes. We work with agencies and organizations in order to help us expand our programs and increase awareness of brain injury.
Q. How frequently do brain injuries occur?
Every 21 seconds, someone in the United States suffers a brain injury.
Q. What are the national economic consequences of brain injury?
The cost of traumatic brain injury in the United States is estimated to be $48.3 billion annually. Hospitalization accounts for $31.7 billion, and fatal brain injuries cost the nation $16.6 billion each year.
Q. Are Clubhouse members paid?
Member work is not financially compensated within a Clubhouse, but members are encouraged to become involved in the community and compensated employment.
Q. Can anyone with a brain injury just come in and join the Clubhouse?
People are referred and the referrals can be made by the person with the injury, a family member, case worker, or other professional.
Q. What are some of the symptoms of brain injury?
A few symptoms of brain injury are low grade headaches that won’t go away, slowness in thinking, acting, speaking, or reading, neck pain and getting lost or easily confused.