Please consider supporting our Spirit Crossing Clubhouse this Colorado Gives Day

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December 5 is Colorado Gives Day. This year, all donations received will support our Spirit Crossing Clubhouse (unless otherwise indicated).

The Clubhouse is designed to be a place where a person living with mental illness is not treated as a patient and is not defined by a disability label.

At the Clubhouse, a person with mental illness is a valued participant, a colleague and someone who has something to contribute to the rest of the group. Each person is a critical part of a community engaged in important work.

The Clubhouse model was established in 1948 in New York and in 2011, it was included in SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices. Today, there are more than 300 Clubhouses across the globe.

Locally, Spirit Crossing Clubhouse was established in 1998 as an empowering community intended to support each other in personal growth and recovery, helping adults become productive and significant contributors to Larimer County.

This year, Spirit Crossing has a goal to raise $7,500 during Colorado Gives Day to support our Clubhouse members as they pursue their personal, social, financial and vocational goals.

Please take a moment to read about one of our Clubhouse member’s transformative experience:

Before coming to the Clubhouse, Terry was isolated for many years. She started in our Supported Education program, which assists members who are pursuing their educational goals. Terry is now working toward a certificate in teaching English as a Second Language and an associate’s degree in English. Recently, she was offered the opportunity to serve as a substitute instructor at the college!

From Terry: “I’ve been a member at Spirit Crossing for 18 months now, and when I look back, I can hardly believe the transformation that has occurred in me. I am practically a different person, and it shows. At the Clubhouse, I quickly became socialized and that was a lot for me. I made friends and experienced a wonderful sense of family. I gained the confidence to look another human being in the eye, to hold a conversation with other colleagues was an enormous step in the right direction.”

If you would like to contribute to the valuable work Spirit Crossing does for members, please donate at Colorado Gives Day.