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Looking Ahead Clubhouse is a vocational rehabilitation program for adults with severe and persistent mental illness.  It is one of four Clubhouses in the State of Maine that utilizes the Clubhouse Model of Psychiatric Rehabilitation.

The History of Clubhouse

Looking Ahead Clubhouse is modeled after the Fountain House in New York City.  Fountain House was created in 1948 as a place of support for people with mental illness, rather than a treatment facility.  Clubhouses focus on strengths, not illnesses. More than 400 Clubhouses worldwide have modeled themselves after Fountain House and adopted the same basic principle that communicates the message of membership and belonging. The Clubhouse is a place where people can come and rebuild their lives. Participants are called members, not patients.

The Clubhouse provides a place where self-confidence and hope for the future can be regained.  Membership leads to continued growth, increased self esteem, and a sense of empowerment.  Looking Ahead Clubhouse offers members services such as:

  • Job Development
  • Job Placement
  • Job Coaching
  • Long Term Supported Employment
  • Supported Education

The Work Ordered Day

Is an in-house prevocational program that simulates work.  Task completion within the Clubhouse takes place between the hours of 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Focus is placed on members' strengths and abilities.

The Clubhouse has three work units:





Unit Tasks:

Orientation and Referrals  

Billing/Data Entry                                     



Facilities/Grounds Maintenance 

Membership Data Entry                            


Triple "C" Bank

Community Presentations

Multi-Media and Web Development

Publishing/Editing Newsletters

Outreach to Members





Unit Tasks:

Menu planning & budgeting 

Clubhouse Cafe (L.A. Cafe) 


Wellness & nutrition 

Victory Fitness Gym

CAREER DEVELOPMENT-Employment & Education

Unit Tasks:

Resume writing

Cover letters

Interviewing preparation

Vocational Rehabilitation Referrals


Job Development

Job Coaching

Monthly Statistics

Employment Tracking/Employer Contacts

Literacy Volunteer intakes

Adult Education

College Tours

Outreach calls

Web Page updates

Tutoring Supports