I came here...to get help with my depression and schizophrenia...I like to communicate with people here. Everybody my friend. I help at Sky Light by cleaning and helping with garbage...I am happy sitting in the Sky Light courtyard drinking coffee, smoking cigarettes and talking to my friends. It helps my mental illness...I am happy here.

– Irakly Sanadze

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