As one of the original members of Sky Light, I have seen it come through many changes and challenges. Through it all, the one thing about Sky Light that is most important to me is the sense of community, of belonging. To quote an old TV show theme song, ‘Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name and they’re always glad you came’.

– Angela Cerio

Outreach

"The Clubhouse provides an effective reach-out system to members who are not attending or who become isolated in the community, or to those who are hospitalized." (Standard #7 of the International Standards for Clubhouse Programs)

Part of Sky Light Center's daily work involves keeping in contact with all active members. When a member does not attend Sky Light or is in the hospital, an "outreach" call or visit is made. Each member is reminded that that he or she is missed, and welcome and needed at Sky Light. This process not only encourages members to participate, but it is also a way in which the clubhouse knows to provide extra support for members who are experiencing difficulties and may need extra help.

Sky Light's outreach activities include:

  • Calls (Twice weekly)
  • Letters
  • Birthday cards (Monthly)
  • Visits to hospital or home (Weekly)
  • Flyers to inform members about specific events
  • Monthly newsletter

The benefits of outreach for members includes:

  • Becoming informed about upcoming activities
  • The act of outreach strengthens our mutual bonds of fellowship
  • Reminds members that they are wanted and needed back at Sky Light Center