Members of the Dreams Unlimited Clubhouse in Royal Oak show off their talents at an open day – Daily Tribune

Members and staff at Easterseals Michigan’s Dreams Unlimited clubhouse in Royal Oak held an open house Tuesday to celebrate.

Members, relatives and others had a chance to see and hear the artistic talents of some members of the clubhouse, including the singing, art and music of a member who plays the saxophone.

The pavilion program run by Easterseals hosted the open house to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the pavilion program.

Club manager Irvin Weatherspoon said there were 45 club members, all aged 18 or over. Members’ surnames are not made public.

“Dreams Unlimited (clubhouses) is a psychosocial rehabilitation center program to help individuals learn skills to be independent in the community,” Weatherspoon said, “through finding a job, going to school, and eventually getting a house.”

There are 40 other Dreams Unlimited clubs across the state, he added.

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Clubhouse member Gregg plays saxophone during Tuesday’s open house. (Photo by Jim Miller near the media)

Since 1992, Dreams Unlimited Clubhouse staff have helped 1,000 adults with serious mental illness learn the skills they need to succeed in everyday life.

“For members, we’re emulating an orderly workday,” Weatherspoon said. “It’s like a business framework where they can register and complete tasks. Members can also learn from each other by working side by side.

The Royal Oak Clubhouse opened in 2007 after moving from its former location in Oak Park.

There are two separate units in the facility.

“One is for the hospitality department where we pack lunches every day,” Weatherspoon said. “We have the meals that we serve to the members and they learn how to cook, clean and do the dishes.”

The other unit is clerical and handles member services, data collection and outreach. Members can also learn about job tasks that can help them.

Members also participate in clubhouse policy meetings, including daily duties, activities, menu planning, and policies.

One of the primary goals of the Easterseals Michigan Dreams Unlimited Clubhouse program is to help members prepare to re-enter the workforce, improve their career and educational skills, build self-confidence, build relationships, and join a community of professional and personal support.

Clubhouse manager Irvin Weatherspoon, wearing a black face mask and tie-dye t-shirt, looks with others at a painting at the clubhouse. (Photo by Jim Miller near the media)

“We are very fortunate to be able to partner with Clubhouse members on their journey to gainful employment,” Easterseals Michigan President and CEO Brent Wirth said in a statement. “It is the commitment of our staff, volunteers and Clubhouse members that underpins its success.

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