Atlantic Clubhouse hosted a community event, “Learning and Working Toward Recovery…Stories that Inspire” on May 15, 2018. Clubhouse Director Janette Tibets welcomed the audience and acknowledged the courage of Clubhouse members who openly shared their inspiring recovery stories. She also spoke of a painting by artist and member Michael Manchester, which was featured on the event program and embodies the spirit of support, acceptance, and encouragement at the Clubhouse. Four Clubhouse members offered their personal stories that included struggles and set-backs, as well as moments of pride as they experienced success in finding employment and furthering their education.
Several employers spoke about the job opportunities with their organizations. A representative from Big Brothers Big Sisters specifically recognized one of the event speakers who successfully works in their clothing donation program. Staff from the Town of Braintree, which has employed Atlantic Clubhouse members for 25 years, and Marshall’s of Hingham also spoke of the partnerships that provide employment to many members.
Agency speakers focused on the ways they can support individuals to achieve their educational and employment goals. Representatives from nearby Quincy College addressed the affordability and accessibility of their classes and programs, and staff from the “Ticket to Work” and Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) described supports for interested individuals.
Audience members included Senator John Keenan, Representative Ronald Mariano, and staff from the Quincy Mayor’s office, all of whom acknowledged the tremendous efforts of the speakers and the community that supports them in achieving their goals.