Our Process

The Vincent House difference

Recovery from mental illness is possible

Interaction and opportunity is at the very heart of the Vincent House way

Vincent House is here to help individuals with a mental illness return to work with dignity, by providing a recovery through work program.

Our program is flexible depending on your needs. We offer long-term or short-term basis.

There are no end dates once you join Clubhouse. It’s a lifetime membership.

Activities, plans, goals and achievements

We do more than traditional day-treatment and other day-program models.

Clubhouse participants are called “members”, and will work with staff side by side carrying out the daily duties of the Clubhouse

Members and staff work together to prioritize, organize and accomplish the tasks that are important to make the Clubhouse a success.

Our staff are here to engage with members as colleagues in important work, and to be encouraging and engaging with people who might not yet believe in themselves.

Recovery through work

Our work-ordered day, Transitional Employment, and monthly social gatherings have established a framework in which staff and members develop multi-dimensional relationships.

We have always said that Clubhouses are communities, rather than simply being mental health “programs.” 

Our Clubhouse staff are charged with being colleagues, workers, talent scouts and cheerleaders.

Transitional employment (TE)

Transitional Employment is a highly structured program for members returning to work in local business and industry. Transitional Employment placements are at the employer’s place of business, are part-time (15-20 hours per week), and include a lot of on-the-job and off-site support from Clubhouse staff and other members.

These placements generally last from six to nine months. Members can then try another placement, or move on to independent employment.

Transitional Employment is specifically designed as a vocational rehabilitation program, where a member can gain or re-gain the skills and confidence necessary to have a job while he or she is employed in a “real world” position.

The only requirement for the member to participate in Transitional Employment is the expressed desire to work.

Since our founding 20 years ago, Vincent House has had 280 Transitional Employment placements with 19 corporate partners.

Our current Transitional Employment partners are Digigone, Suncoast Center, Directions for Living, Public Defender’s Office, Chamber of Commerce, Pasco County Housing Authority, Amerikey Locksmiths.

Supported employment

Supported Employment is where a member is supported by the Clubhouse in choosing, obtaining, and keeping a job of his/her own. Unlike transitional employment, the job belongs to the member and is designed to be permanent and long term.

The Clubhouse may have a significant role in working with the employer, or none at all, depending on an individual member’s needs.

Some examples of Vincent House Supported Employment partners are Publix, Nature’s Food Patch and Northside Hospital.

Independent employment

Members can be assisted in achieving independent and competitive employment on a permanent basis. Examples of how Vincent House can help include conducting a job search, filing out applications, role-playing an interview, and referral to or linkage with employers who have openings.

Frequently Asked Questions

“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.

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.

We Know What You Are Struggling With and We Can Help

Vincent House social and vocational skills training

A proven evidence-based approach to realizing your potential and regaining self confidence

Saving lives since 2003

Helped over 1,225 members change their lives

Accredited and recognized for our commitment to our communities

Employment partners include

Awards and recognition

Our Need Here in Florida

Those living with a serious mental illness in your community


in the nation

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


not working

Adults with a serious mental illness

1 in 6


Have a mental health condition

1 in 6


Live with a serious mental illness

The Vincent House Difference

The impact that friendship, education and employment creates


Increase in long-term employment

and less reliance on public benefits


Decrease in rates of hospitalization

and incarceration


Double the employment rates

compared to the public mental health system


Lifetime Vincent House members

Over 70 daily Vincent House members

Saving lives and ensuring we have healthy communities

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

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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