The Work-Ordered Day is a unique characteristic of the ICCD Clubhouse model. It is an opportunity for members to work side by side with clubhouse staff and feel valued, often for the first time in many years. This is real work, based on the needs of the clubhouse. Harbor House would not function without the work of its members. For individuals with limited work history or those who have recently left a job, it is an opportunity to reconnect with the structure of the work day, in a stress-free, supported environment.
The clubhouse community allows individuals to explore their options and learn new skills at a comfortable pace. It is this community that helps each member recognize self-worth.
The Work-Ordered Day begins with a daily morning meeting of members and staff. Announcements of activities and plans for the current day are given in a collaborative environment. An ICCD standard is read, and the menu of the day and important events are shared. Following this meeting, individual Unit meetings are held where the tasks of the day are decided and distributed.Lunch is prepared by the Culinary Unit while the Administrative Unit may work on member records. The Building and Grounds Unit might be involved in painting, cleaning or horticulture projects. Lunch is enjoyed together. A short afternoon meeting is used to update the work of the day, followed later in the afternoon by a House or Policy meeting, where a discussion of long-term plans can occur.
As a developing clubhouse, Harbor House is uniquely positioned. Staff is working side by side with members to determine our vision and a sense of what we hope to become. Getting there is our daily goal. Harbor House members have an opportunity to guide the direction and determine what we need today and what can wait until tomorrow. Harbor House members gain unique skills from being involved from the ground up, and have a vested interest in its growth and success.
The Administrative Unit is where many of the day to day clubhouse tasks are dealt with. The main responsibilities for the administration unit is producing Harbor House’s newsletter. In addition to the newsletter mail is processed and correspondences are answered. The reception area is large part of the Administrative Unit. Some of the receptionist’s tasks include greeting guests, answering phones, taking messages, insuring guest as well as members sign-in.
The Administrative Unit handles the financial functions of the clubhouse such as paying bills, deposits and withdrawals for the snack bar and making purchasing decisions.
In this unit members tasks to keeping Harbor House running and well maintained. Some of the responsibilities of this unit are: cleaning, vacuuming the common areas, emptying trash/recyclables and maintaining the club’s plants. Even though each unit is responsible for the upkeep of its own space, the Maintenance Unit is responsible for the overall upkeep of the clubhouse. The Maintenance Unit is an essential part of the Harbor House clubhouse.
The Culinary Unit
The Culinary Unit is responsible for the cooking of meals for the clubhouse. Some of these activities include: menu planning, budgeting, shopping, prepping and cooking meals as well as maintenance of the kitchen. Members associated with this unit are also responsible for serving members of the clubhouse during lunch and busing tables.