Ways We Help

These are some of the ways Clubhouses help members.


Work-Ordered Day

Building Confidence Through Meaningful Work

The Work-Ordered Day is designed to reflect a normal business day. Clubhouses are typically open Monday to Friday for at least eight hours a day. Members and Staff work together as Colleagues to maintain the functioning of the Clubhouse. Colleagues do all the work of the Clubhouse, such as managing the finances, all administrative duties, maintenance, janitorial tasks, and all other Clubhouse needs.

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Employment Programs

Achieving Self-Sufficiency and Personal Worth

Clubhouses provide members with opportunities to return to paid employment in integrated work settings through both Transitional Employment and Independent Employment programs.


Community Support and Housing

Gaining Dignity and Respect

Through the work-ordered day at the Clubhouse, members are given help in accessing the best quality services in their community. Help is given to members in acquiring and keeping affordable and dignified housing, psychiatric and general medical services, government disability benefits, and any other needed services.

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Avoiding Isolation

Because of the way Clubhouses function, socialization becomes a natural part of a member's experience. When active members do not attend Clubhouse, colleagues will "reach-out" with phone calls, cards or other correspondence to remind them they are missed and needed at the Clubhouse.


Wellness and Social Activities

Focus on more than the mind

Clubhouses encourage wellness through opportunities to learn about good nutrition, through physical activities, such as daily walks and providing regular social activities outside the work-ordered day.


A Brief History of Lexington House

  • 1948:  First Clubhouse established, Fountain House in New York City, NY.

  • 1970s to mid-1980’s: The original Lexington House, founded by Oaklawn Psychiatric Center, was located in the YWCA Lexington Building, 120 Lexington Ave, Elkhart, IN. It was a community resource program with similar characteristics to the Clubhouse Model.

  • Mid-1980s to 2019: Lexington House was relocated from downtown Elkhart to Oaklawn Psychiatric Center’s site at 2600 Oakland Ave. in the Community Support Program (CSP) hallway. 

  • 2018: A working group formed and initiated the first steps in having a Clubhouse in the city of Elkhart.

  • 2020:

    • January: A steering committee formed with members who work in the following agencies:  United Way, Faith Mission, Beacon Health, Elkhart Housing Authority, Heart City Health, City of Elkhart Police, Elkhart City Homeless Coalition, Elkhart County Superior Court, National Alliance on Mental Health, Guidance Ministries, and Oaklawn Psychiatric Center.

    • July 9th: A Board of Directors was chosen.

    • August 6th: Lexington House of Elkhart hires first Executive Director.

    • September 3rd: Lexington House opens virtually with its website online and takes up residency in the River of Life Community Church.

    • October 26th:  Lexington House officially opens its doors to potential members.


Board of Directors

Audra Mark

Board President

Ross Swihart

Board Vice-President

Cristine Stahly

Board Treasurer

LaToshia Davis-McCarey

Board Secretary

Judge Teresa Cataldo

Member At-Large

Keith Sarber

Member At-Large

Dr. Larissa Buggs, MD

Member At-Large

Steve Slowke

Member At-Large

Janet Rheinheimer

Member At-Large

Leah Garboden

Member At-Large