Friendsship Clubhouse

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Friendship Clubhouse

Neighborhood House Association’s Friendship Clubhouse is a member-driven psychosocial rehabilitation program for adults with severe and persistent mental illness, including those who may have a co-occurring substance use disorder.

Friendship Clubhouse strives to create a safe, supportive environment that is sensitive to each member’s unique needs. Friendship Clubhouse focuses on socialization, social and independent living skills enhancement, wellness and recovery, recreation and vocational rehabilitation. The goal of Friendship Clubhouse is the empowerment of members to re-establish their normal roles in the community and to successfully re-integrate into community life through active participation in the planning and achievement of their personal recovery goals.

Friendship Clubhouse members can choose how often they attend the program and in which activities they participate. Membership in the program is not a prerequisite to attend program activities or benefit from its services.


Participation in the Friendship Clubhouse is free.


Neighborhood House Association’s Friendship Clubhouse offers a variety of activities to its members, including:

  • Self help groups
  • Independent living skills
  • Peer support and advocacy
  • Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)
  • Vocational support groups
  • Assistance with employment and volunteer opportunities
  • Computer lab
  • Indoor and outdoor games and entertainment
  • Field trips
  • Arts & crafts
  • Health & fitness
  • Referrals

Membership Criteria

To qualify for membership, applicants must:

  • Be willing to participate in the activities of the Friendship Clubhouse
  • Be at least 18 years of age and a resident of San Diego County
  • Have a history of mental illness that is verifiable by a medical professional
  • Be able to follow simple instructions
  • Not have severe mental or physical limitations that would make them dependent on others to perform simple tasks
  • Not have severe and current substance abuse problems or violent behavior that would pose a threat to the safety, or disrupt the activities of, the Friendship Clubhouse community