Club Hope is a transitional program for residents moving from Hopewell's residential therapeutic program to community living. It is designed for people have a serious mental illness, have graduated from the residential program and are living successfully on their own or with family, but might benefit from involvement in a structured daily program at Hopewell's therapeutic farm.
Members of Club Hope participate Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm in the same daily schedule as Hopewell residents. People may sign up for three, four or five days a week. Transportation is not included in the daily fee but can be provided within a limited radius of Hopewell's location in Mesopotamia, Ohio for an extra charge.
As part of this transitional program, mental health treatment such as psychiatry services, medication and medication management are not included. Club members are given a lock-box and key for storing their personal items and medications during the day.
Hopewell recognizes the need to provide support for individuals with mental illness as they transition to more independent living situations outside of our therapeutic community. In 2012, the Board of Directors approved the purchase of a century home on nearby Mesopotamia Commons. Additional funds were raised to complete extensive renovations, and by late 2013 "Lyman House" opened as Hopewell's adult family home. Licensed for up to five adults, this therapeutic community living option provides an opportunity for individuals to "practice" the skills of independent living before they venture into apartments, jobs, etc. entirely on their own; independent from a mental health facility.
Individuals living at Lyman House are supervised only part of each day. During those times, the Lyman House Manager oversees their training and practice in menu planning, food shopping, cooking, money management and self-management of medication. Lyman House residents may participate in Hopewell's regular programming through Club Hope, and are involved in the broader community through part-time employment, volunteering or continuing education.
Generous funding from The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation helps ensure the residents of Lyman House:
- Will be employed, attending school or engaged in significant meaningful activity outside Lyman House at least 20 hours per week within six months of moving into the family home; and
- Will demonstrate 75% increase of independence in three life skill areas.
Nicole Shuster, MSW, LSW, Lyman House Manager, says:
To me, Lyman House is a support. It is a place where residents can be more independent but also be safe in case they are not quite ready for full independence. Residents work on getting jobs, going back to school or finding their own housing. At Lyman House, residents are given the opportunity to put into action the things we teach at Hopewell: time management, work ethic, maintaining mental and physical health. We cook, clean and grocery shop as a group.
To talk with our admissions team, please call 440.426.2009.