Clubhouse and Peer Services
Bay Cove operates two Clubhouse programs for people with psychiatric disabilities in Boston (Transitions of Boston and Center Club), as well as Recovery Learning Centers (RLCs) in Boston and Cambridge. These programs are designed to help individuals with mental illness become part of a supportive community of peers while developing and strengthening skills and pursuing personal growth, independence, and educational and employment opportunities.
Bay Cove’s Clubhouses—Center Club and Transitions of Boston—are dedicated to the principles of self-help, peer support and empowerment.
Clubhouses offer a safe and supportive environment in which members can work at their own pace towards rewarding employment, education, decent and affordable housing, a social life, overall well-being and full community integration. Members are encouraged to actively assume a role in the day-to-day operations of the club. Members participate as much as they like, for as long as they like, with staff members working alongside them in a partnership model.
Club members are encouraged to be active in the club, and assume a significant role in the day-to-day operation. Club and staff members work side-by-side in the club’s units or departments. By being involved, clubhouse members develop new job skills, brush up on previously learned ones, develop and enhance good work habits, and ultimately increase their self-confidence and self-esteem. Participation in the clubhouse work units often leads to competitive employment in the community.
Through the clubhouses, members engage in a wide array of social, recreational and cultural activities, which occur in-house or in the community; share daily meals, including on holidays; are connected with in-house literacy tutoring, ESOL classes and computer training, as well help in applying to colleges and for financial aid; receive assistance in finding employment, including resume preparation and job coaching; and health supports including free gym membership and weekly Dual Recovery Anonymous meetings for members who struggle with substance abuse and mental illness, along with weekly discussions and presentations on a variety of health and wellness topics.
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Recovery Learning Centers
Bay Cove operates two Recovery Learning Centers (RLCs)—The Peer Education Resource Center (PERC) and the Peer Support Network (PSN). These peer-led programs focus on recovery and wellness and are goal-oriented services led by persons with a lived experience of psychiatric illness and/or cognitive impairment.
The programs focus on group discussion, which will encompass a variety of subjects including: Self-Esteem, Assertiveness, Recovery is Real, Dual Recovery, Creative Journaling, Job Issues/Job Search, Whole Health Action Management (WHAM) and Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) groups. RLC staff are always open to adjusting the program curriculum to meet the needs of participating members.
The programs are designed to be highly interactive and flexible, to ensure groups are tailored to the needs and desires of active members. Both programs are staffed with two peer facilitators at all times. Staff are trained in group facilitation and will support the mission of recovery, wellness, and employment when working with all program participants. There will be many times when staff are able to work with individuals on a one-to-one basis, providing an opportunity for staff to help an individual through a difficult time, or to support him/her in a specific need area that may not be applicable to the whole group. In addition, staff often work one-to-one with individuals who need extra support to hone their computer skills. We encourage participants to make phone appointments in advance, when seeking one-on-one assistance, to ensure staff is available.
Our RLCs are open to the public, and there are no prerequisites to take part in our services aside from self-identifying as having mental health issues and/or cognitive impairments. The programs are all-inclusive, and encourage individuals from all backgrounds and life experiences to come to share their perspective on recovery. We feel strongly that diversity among our active participants will benefit our programs, enrich the groups therein and bring differing opinions to the table, which will make for more stimulating interaction.
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Interested individuals need only to show up at one of our locations during program hours of operation to be welcomed in.
Peer Support Network (PSN)
Location: 45 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge, MA
Hours: Monday, Wednesday & Friday from 1-5pm
Contact: Sarah Selkovits