THE CLUBHOUSE PROGRAM…
The Clubhouse is unique because the members and staff work side by side in a professional environment to plan, implement and complete the work of the Clubhouse. There are no patients or clients, only members who take responsibility for the program’s daily and overall direction.
The Communication Unit produces all correspondence, determines the editorial content of the member newsletter, creates the monthly calendar, special event invitations and flyers. Members manage our phone system, faxing, copying as well as monitor our email and update our website.
The Resource Unit includes the identification and management of transportation, community resources, and the publishing, printing and mailing of the member’s newsletter and calendar. Fundamental skill development in reading, writing and cognitive training are offered as well as, community education and brain injury awareness.
Our members plan and implement special events such as holiday celebrations, office celebrations, birthdays, employment anniversaries, as well as recreation in the community such as plays, movies, lunches, shopping and other activities. This unit is also responsible for weekly lunches which include shopping, meal planning and preparation.
The Vocational Unit Provides Work Evaluation, Work Adjustment Training and Supported Employment programs. Opportunity Project is affiliated with local county offices of The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) and provides a 25 day on site and community evaluation and 90 day work adjustment training to individuals referred by the DVR as well as to any interested members.
Both group and individuals referred by the DVR as well as to any interested members.
Both group and individual sessions and all workshops are provided on a variety of topics such as resume writing, work ethics, behavior, interviewing skills and interpersonal skills.
The Supported Employment Program which includes Job Coaching is designed to provide individuals, with the necessary support, tools, and guidance to obtain and maintain competitive employment.
Acceptance into the Supported Employment program is contingent upon the individual having interests, skills and behavior that demonstrate strong employment potential.
OPPORTUNITY PROJECT PROVIDES THE FOLLOWING ADDITIONAL SERVICES TO OUR MEMBERS:
Case management involves monitoring the progress of a member whose needs require the services of multiple professionals, agencies, healthcare facilities and human service programs. This critical service assists Opportunity Project’s members with planning, seeking and monitoring complementary services.
The goal is to ensure coordination with other agencies in order that members receive the care and appropriate to opportunities to which they are entitled.
Good case management results in services that are appropriate to client needs, and are not wasteful of funds.
Individual, Group Counseling and Peer Support Groups
Opportunity Project has launched successful peer support groups for men and women to discuss gender specific issues. Members are provided a safe and supportive environment to share their struggles, life challenges and psychological and emotional issues.
There are also educational groups focused on nutrition, substance abuse, hygiene and other relevant topics. Special adjustment sessions focus on many issues, in particular the issue of “acceptance vs. denial” of the life changes that occur after brain injury.
Opportunity Project members are trained to educate men, women and children throughout the community about what it is like to live through and to live with a brain injury. The speakers have been taught to combine firsthand experience of living with a brain injury and general knowledge of statistical information to create and deliver highly inspiring, motivational and informative presentations.
Each speaker has a unique, life-altering story that connects with all types of audiences. Because each speaker once lived without a brain injury, he or she has the ability to connect with audiences. Brain injury awareness and prevention are critical.