MossRehab - The Clubhouse, Philadelphia

7612 Dungan Road
Philadelphia, PA 19111
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The Clubhouse is an innovative, low-cost program that promotes personal success and self-sufficient living for people who experience disability following brain injury. It has helped many people develop vocational, educational, community and social roles.

The community-based Clubhouse model is based on the principles of peer support, consumer direction and individual needs. We recognize that each person, whatever his or her disability, has skills that make him or her an important contributor to the community. By focusing on abilities rather than disabilities, the program provides a strong emphasis on skill acquisition and role restoration for each member. Group activities help members to assist each other in accomplishing skills and improving awareness in a peer-supported manner.

Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Members must be able to get themselves to and from the Clubhouse. The location is served by ParaTransit and two SEPTA bus lines that also connect to rail service. Free parking is available on-site.

Candidates must be capable of participating in a day community program but may live at home or in community, residential or institutional settings. Members need not be independent in basic activities of daily living, but must be able to provide the support they need for functional independence in such areas as mobility, eating, toileting and communication.

Work-Ordered Day

Clubhouse goals and operations are defined by the individual goals of its members. Principal Clubhouse business is conducted at weekly, member-directed program management meetings. Daily responsibilities are distributed among Clubhouse work units that are operated in conjunction with staff work unit coordinators. Work units include:

• Communications Unit: responsible for telephone reception, correspondence, inventory management, outreach and information, newsletter production, fund raising and public relations;

• Kitchen Unit: responsible for menu planning, shopping, budgeting and meal preparation. The kitchen is operated solely through money collected from its food sales;

• Maintenance Unit: responsible for building upkeep, repairs and in-house construction. This unit also currently operates a recycling business outside of the Clubhouse.

Pre-Vocational Training Program

Members can begin the road to competitive employment through the Clubhouse Pre-Vocational

Training Program. This program employs a work-directed day to prepare members for employment in the community. Work trials are developed to simulate actual jobs that are of interest to members. Then customized skill training is done to further develop the work skills needed for supported employment.

The Affirmative Enterprise

Nifty Gifts is an affirmative enterprise affiliated with the Clubhouse that is principally operated by people who experience disability following brain injury. Nifty Gifts has a variety of product lines, including gourmet coffee kiosks such as the Nifty Café, located at MossRehab. Jobs offered include customer service, stocking, inventory and maintenance. Workers are paid competitive wages for part-time and full-time work. Full-time workers receive benefits. Workers develop their skills and experience and become ready to move into other similar competitive businesses.

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