EATON — Cherry Street Clubhouse, formerly Jefferson House, is a social and recreational day program for adults living with mental illness. Managed by Samaritan Behavioral Health, the clubhouse provides day programming and activities, advocacy for housing, referrals to community supports, and other programs as needed for its members. It is a respectful, restorative environment for those who have been socially or vocationally disabled by mental illness.
The community is invited to a Fall Open House where Jefferson House will officially launch its new name, Cherry Street Clubhouse. Visitors will have a chance to tour the house, meet members, enjoy refreshments, and peruse gift items made by the members. Samaritan Behavioral Health is providing the funding for We Care Arts to conduct a creative arts program at Cherry Street Clubhouse. We Care Arts, located in Kettering, believes in the healing power of creating and producing art that transforms physical, developmental and mental challenges into a future rich with possibilities.
According to Julie Mancy, Director of Preble & Montgomery County Outpatient Services for Samaritan Behavioral Health, “We Care Arts provides our members with the tools and hands-on instruction to create art using a variety of techniques, from painting to sculpture. The program also teaches members how to sell the art they have created. This has been very beneficial, socially supportive, and enjoyable for our members.”
The Fall Open House will be held this Thursday, Nov. 5, from 2-6 p.m. It is free and open to the public. Cherry Street Clubhouse is located at 120 North Cherry Street, Eaton. If you have any questions, contact Cherry Street Clubhouse at 456-7338.
Elizabeth Murphy heads up Community Outreach & Development, for the Preble County Mental Health and Recovery Board.