Goodwill opens clubhouse for individuals with mental illness in The Bronx

On Tuesday, August 25, Goodwill NYNJ officially inaugurated the Lantern House Clubhouse in The Bronx. Lantern House is a member-run clubhouse for individuals ages 18 or older with mental illness. The Clubhouse provides vocational rehabilitation services for members.

Lantern House Members get an opportunity to develop or enhance social, coping and vocational skills. They also have a chance to become part of a community of people whose goal is to help all members achieve growth and self-reliance, increased self-esteem and a sense of empowerment. Members voluntarily work alongside staff to mutually planned vocational, educational and social activities that develop skills and promote rehabilitation.

View photos of the opening reception here

Lantern House is the third Clubhouse Goodwill operates in New York City. In 1994, Goodwill NYNJ inaugurated Citiview Connections Clubhouse in Long Island City, Queens. Then it opened a second clubhouse in Brooklyn: Seamark Center.

With the opening of Lantern House, Goodwill NYNJ strengthens its mission of empowering individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment to gain independence through the power of work.

View The Bronx News 12 segment featuring the event.

Lantern House is accredited by Clubhouse International and funded by the New York City Department of Mental Health and Hygiene.

Do you think the stigma of mental illness prevents individuals to have a better quality of life in their community?

For more information on eligibility and how to register as a member, please contact Director Elizabeth Padilla at (718) 993-1078 or EPadilla@goodwillny.org

Lantern House Clubhouse:

512 Southern Boulevard; The Bronx, NY 10455

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