ON-Lion Letter
On June 16th, the Grand Avenue Club (GAC) celebrated 25 years of providing pre-vocational, employment, educational, housing, recreational, and cultural opportunities to Milwaukee County adults who have experienced mental illness.  The 2016 Grand Event featured personal testimony from GAC members, and it honored the numerous people and supporting organizations that have helped GAC to realize its mission for over two decades, including its longtime executive director, Rachel Forman.

Established in 1991, GAC utilizes a clubhouse model of psychiatric rehabilitation, in which its participants function as engaged members of their community rather than as clients who passively receive services.  Membership is completely voluntary, and participants play a central role in the programming and daily functioning of the organization through a "work-ordered day" that allows each individual to make meaningful contributions to the group. 

GAC also runs educational programs through which members are encouraged to take adult-education classes, pursue vocational certificates, or earn a bachelor's degree.  Finally, GAC has housing programs that allow members to secure safe and affordable places to live, as well as employment programs that offer support to participants as they find paid positions outside the clubhouse through GAC’s partnerships with local businesses and nonprofits.  GAC has earned the highest accreditation status offered by Clubhouse International, the training and accreditation headquarters for the global clubhouse community.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports GAC.

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