About Us

Filling lives with love, friendship, happiness and employment



Providing hope, respect and dignity

Co-Founders, Elliott and Dianne Steele became interested in creating a facility that would help people living with a serious mental illness when their daughter was diagnosed with schizophrenia. They tried to find something that would help their daughter overcome the problems related to her diagnosis but could not find anything in the state of Florida.

The Steeles formed a Board of Directors, a 501(c)(3) corporation and began to advocate for a community that would dramatically change the lives of Floridians living with a mental illness. They found just what they wanted in the Clubhouse model, a place that provided hope, respect and dignity; a place where participants, called members, could practice work and then become employed in the community when they were ready.

Co-Founders Elliott and Dianne Steele stand proudly with their daughters, all smiling warmly. Elliott is in a vibrant orange polo shirt and Dianne wearing a blue patterned top. Their daughters are in between Elliott and Dianne in a black top and colorful blouse. The room is filled with floral arrangements and photos.
Co-Founders Elliott and Dianne Steele stand proudly with their daughters, all smiling warmly. Elliott is in a vibrant orange polo shirt and Dianne wearing a blue patterned top. Their daughters are in between Elliott and Dianne in a black top and colorful blouse. The room is filled with floral arrangements and photos.


Our Leadership

Two female staff members in professional attire are seated side by side. The female on the left has light skin, long blonde hair and wears a black blouse adorned with a delicate floral pattern. The woman on the right, has light skin, long blonde hair, and is dressed in a solid burgundy shirt. Both are smiling warmly and looking directly at the camera.

Careers at Vincent House

a young male staff member with brown hair, in a light blue button shirt stands supportively beside an older man with very short hair, in a green t-shirt who is intently focused on writing at his desk. They are in a collaborative and accommodating work environment with computers.
Co-Founder Elliott Steele stands with two male members on a red utility trailer in front of the Vincent House front door. They are all smiling, enjoying the sunny day together
Co-Founder Elliott Steele stands with two male members on a red utility trailer in front of the Vincent House front door. They are all smiling, enjoying the sunny day together

It took nearly three years and endless hours of advocacy; meeting with family members, providers, Department of Children and Families, Agency for Health Care Administration, elected officials, to name a few. The efforts finally came to fruition when the Steeles received a call from the Department of Children and Families in November 2002 that funding to start Vincent House would be available January 1, 2003.

The Steele’s wasted no time looking for a storefront to rent, hiring staff, notifying potential members, finding equipment, furniture and other donated supplies and more. With an ice chest for a refrigerator and a grill for a stove, the doors to Vincent House opened on January 20, 2003.

Less than two years later, Vincent House became the first accredited Clubhouse in Florida, paving the way for more Clubhouses to follow.

From those humble beginnings, a new way to help people living with a mental illness blossomed. Members began to realize their potential and regained their self-confidence. Many became employed with the help of Vincent House while others returned to school. All found a place where they were wanted, needed and valued.

Although the Steeles had professional careers before Vincent House, they will tell you that seeing members’ lives transform from one of hopelessness and despair to a life filled with love, friendship, happiness and employment makes their heart sing.

Co-Founders Elliott and Dianne Steele and two female members smile warming in the dining room in front of a 'Happy Easter' chalkboard sign. Other members and guests are seated at tables in the background.
Co-Founders Elliott and Dianne Steele and two female members smile warming in the dining room in front of a 'Happy Easter' chalkboard sign. Other members and guests are seated at tables in the background.
Two smiling women are posing in an office. The woman on the left is Rena, a member at Vincent House. She is holding a check, and has medium curly brown hair and is wearing glasses and a coral-patterned top. The woman on the right has short gray hair and is wearing a black polo shirt.
Two smiling women are posing in an office. The woman on the left is Rena, a member at Vincent House. She is holding a check, and has medium curly brown hair and is wearing glasses and a coral-patterned top. The woman on the right has short gray hair and is wearing a black polo shirt.

“At Vincent House I was made to feel cared for, needed and wanted, I developed confidence and learned to how to conduct myself. I learned how to make friends. I am no longer alone, but part of a loving community. I now have meaningful work, a social life, and a place to belong.
Best of all, at 67 I have a future not just a past.”
Rena M.


Our Need Here in Florida

Those living with a serious mental illness in your community

49th

in the nation

Florida ranks 49th in the nation for access to mental health care

85%

not working

Adults with a serious mental illness

1 in 6

adults

Have a mental health condition

1 in 6

homeless

Live with a serious mental illness


The Vincent House Difference

The impact that friendship, education and employment creates

5X

Increase in long-term employment

and less reliance on public benefits

3X

Decrease in rates of hospitalization

and incarceration

2X

Double the employment rates

compared to the public mental health system

1,225

Lifetime Vincent House members

Over 70 daily Vincent House members

Saving lives and ensuring we have healthy communities


Ready to Get Your Life Back?

Discover friendship, purpose and community

1 Start with a tour

See if the Vincent House is a good fit. Start by scheduling a tour of one of our locations.

See the facility, meet members, talk to the staff, and discuss what our program can offer.

2 Become a member

If an invitation to membership is offered, a application and eligibility requirements will need to be completed and confirmed.

Membership is voluntary and for life; and there is no cost.

3 Gain skills to change your life

Find a place where you are wanted, needed and valued.

Work side-by-side with the Vincent House staff. We’re here to help members build skills to find and keep employment, return to school, locate stable housing, and much more.

Eight members standing close together outside a building, smiling at the camera. There are four women in the front row, and form men in back row. The two women in the middle have one arm around each other.
A young black male with short hair and a in a T-Shirt smiles at the camera with both two thumbs pointed up.
A white female member of the culinary team, wearing an apron, hair net, and dark blue Cincent House polo shirt, showing off a plate of a tomato and cucumber salad with a side dressing.
A smiling white male member with short hair and a blue shirt smiling and posing outside with arms wide open.

Your generosity will allow us to help more adults living with mental illness

Collage of four images showing members. Clockwise, the first image shows eight members of different sex, different ages, and different ethnicities. The second image shows a young man smiling with two thumbs up. The third image shows a smiling male member posing outside with arms wide open. The last image shows a female member of the culinary team, wearing an apron and a hair net, showing off a plate of a tomato and cucumber salad with a side dressing.

Vincent House has served over 1,225 members, but more need your help.

In Florida, over half of adults with a mental illness are going untreated.

Your donation will help us to fulfill the needs of those in your community who are facing daily challenges with mental health.

The myths that generate negative stigma around mental illness, and the lack of funding, stand in the way of the life saving help many people need.

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