WHO WE ARE
Club Cadillac is dedicated to the recovery of men and women with mental illness; creating opportunities with members to live, work and learn while using their talents in a community of mutual support.
WHAT IS CLUB CADILLAC?
For over 25 years Club Cadillac has helped our members with their recovery from mental illness. A clubhouse is a supportive community of members who help each other to find work, go back to school, live independently, and to move forward with their lives...to follow their dreams. In a clubhouse, we make our decisions together and advocate for one another in times of need.
Club Cadillac is proudly accredited through Clubhouse International, which is a respected network of over 300 clubhouses worldwide. Clubhouses around the world have been leaders in the social movement of advocating for those with mental illness.
My name is Gail Bottoms. I am originally from Tennessee. I am the oldest of 4 - I have 2 sisters and 1 brother all 3 born with birth defects. My parents have since passed away but while they were alive, my dad was physically abusive to my mom. And emotional, mentally and verbally abusive to my siblings and I. With my siblings being with born with medical issues, I felt left out of receiving my parents attention and love. Therefore I have felt as if I did not fit in and had a hard time making friends. My past intimate relationships have been emotional, mentally and verbally abusive, as well. In May 2015, I admitted myself to the physic ward in Tennessee, where I learned more about myself and my situations and was diagnosed with Anxiety, Depression, and a Personality Disorder. And also was told that I needed to leave the abusive, toxic relationship I was in. In August 2015, I had that opportunity. I stepped on a Greyhound bus and stepped off into a new life here in Michigan. In 2016, CMH added PTSD to my list of diagnoses. I was connected with Club Cadillac shortly after arriving in Michigan. I attended regularly but it was not until the pandemic that I started to take advantage of the opportunities the Clubhouse offers. I started working virtually doing Clubhouse work on the daily and weekly newsletter. Learning these skills gave me the confidence to take on more responsibility when I was physically in the Clubhouse. With this new found confidence I have advocated for myself and I was able to attend the Michigan Clubhouse Conference in Kalamazoo and the Clubhouse International World Seminar in Baltimore, Maryland. I have come a long way mentally with receiving 2 awards for Leading by Example in 2 years (2021and 2022) and a stigma buster award (2022) at the CMH Recovery Celebrations. I am also on our Club Cadillac Advisory Board where I hold the office if Treasurer. Club Cadillacs has has been my backbone of support with trainings, travels and life in general.
OUR WORK ORDERED DAY
The Work-Ordered Day refers to the flow of work that happens in each unit. The work-ordered day has many opportunities for members to regain work skills, self-confidence, and self-esteem. All of the work-ordered day activities are needed to keep the Clubhouse going. Work-ordered day jobs are done by members and staff working together side-by-side in one of the Clubhouse units.
Job Training in the Community
The Transitional Employment Program is a supported work program that is unique to the Clubhouse Model. Through this program Clubhouse places members in part-time temporary jobs at local employers and provides on-site and off-site support.
Become a Transtional Employment Partner today by contacting us!
Here you can find all of our available resources and partnerships that might be helpful.