Waipahu Aloha Clubhouse   



Program Information

Waipahu Aloha Clubhouse

Waipahu Aloha Clubhouse is a unique member- driven psychosocial rehabilitation program for adults living with serious mental illness. Within a restorative and empowering environment, our members are opened to a multitude of services to achieve or regain the confidence and skills necessary to lead productive lives in the community. The member is a full partner in their rehabilitation and recovery.


Clubhouse Philosophy

The clubhouse is a program whose voluntary nature and approach to rehabilitation combine to change people's lives. Participants are called "members/colleagues'' as opposed to clients/ patient's. It is a place where each member's strengths, abilities, and goals are the focus, rather than their mental illness, symptoms, or history.


The Clubhouse Working Community

A1l members are needed, wanted and valued. Working side by side, members and staff develop the skills necessary for recovery. 


In the Kitchen Unit the members of the Ohana Kitchen are involved in all aspects of providing a nutritious breakfast and lunch, as well as meals for special occasions. They work hard to adhere to the standards required to maintain a current State of Hawaii, Dept. of Health food service certification.

The Ono Grinds, our snack shop, is maintained by the Kitchen Unit and offers cold beverages and yummy snacks for sale. Members are able to practice their money management skills while maintaining the store's inventory.


The Facilities Unit is responsible for the daily operations of the clubhouse that includes housekeeping duties, grounds and maintenance, and minor repairs of equipment and building fixtures. This unit also provides the members with the opportunity to experience growing crops for use by the Clubhouse.  The Aloha Thrift Store is a self-sustaining sub-unit of the Facilities Unit. Members are able to practice sorting, pricing, and organizing items for sale.


The Clerical Unit provides hands-on experience in operating office equipment. Our greeter and receptionist have many opportunities to practice effective communication skills with members, staff, and the public. Members are trained on Microsoft Office programs. They also assist the director with administrative tasks such as minute taking, bookkeeping, and statistics. 


Employment and Education

Employment is a fundamental element in clubhouse philosophy. Work is a universal source of accomplishment, self-confidence, and empowerment.

Clubhouses recognize the value of work and strive to provide each member with the opportunity to get back to work through the Transitional Employment Program (TEP). TEP provides the necessary supports to ensure that both members and companies succeed. Its unique relationship acknowledges the challenges members face each day and allows them to make work a reality. Waipahu Aloha Clubhouse also offers Supported Employment (SE) and Independent Employment (IE) programs along with Supported Education for those members who wish to continue their education.


Social Recreation

Waipahu Aloha Clubhouse promotes a healthy balance of work and play, encouraging members to socialize after the work-ordered day and weekends.

It's a time when members and staff can share quality time outside of the work environment. We offer exposure to a variety of activities. Close relation- ships with peers are developed and healthier, active lifestyles are achieved.


Referral Process

Individuals with a mental illness may be referred to Waipahu Aloha Clubhouse by the community mental health centers, their doctor or by calling the ACCESS line at 808.832.3100  


Mission Statement 

The clubhouse mission is to offer comprehensive psychosocial rehabilitation services to adults with serious and persistent mental illness to help them in improving their abilities needed for successful reintegration into the community and to increase their quality of life. The clubhouse provides a supportive and nurturing environment that enhances self-motivation, respect for self and others, and a desire to work.


The Clubhouse Model

The clubhouse model began in 1948 in New York City by a group of mentally ill individuals in the community. Today, there are more than 320 clubhouse programs in over 32 counties around the world.


Member Comments and Testimony

"It's extremely joyful to come to clubhouse to learn more about work and get a job that is my choice.

Waipahu Aloha Clubhouse Member


''I feel a sense of belonging to have friends with the same type of illness.  I am given the opportunity to travel to conferences through clubhouse fundraisers."

Waipahu Aloha Clubhouse Member


"Coming to the Waipahu Aloha Clubhouse is a great opportunity to get to socialize with other people, enjoy a good nutritious lunch and also, join the clerical unit members during the day to learn about the computers. Members can participate in the Waipahu Aloha Clubhouse social recreational

activities. You can go shopping with the members, see movies, eat dinner at restaurants, play bingo or casino games, and attend many exciting parties or places, etc. Join us for the fun. Hope to see you later. ''

Waipahu Aloha Clubhouse Member

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