For the first time in its history, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation awarded its prestigious Hilton Humanitarian Prize to Clubhouse International/Fountain House of which Pathways Clubhouse is a member. Each year, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation presents the award, the world’s largest humanitarian prize, to an organization that is doing extraordinary work to alleviate human suffering. An independent international jury selected the worldwide innovative clubhouse program for its success in helping people living with mental illness lead productive lives.
“The prize belongs to the courageous and hardworking people connected to clubhouses everywhere. With this award, the Hilton Foundation and its international jurors recognize mental illness as a global humanitarian crisis and acknowledge Fountain House/Clubhouse International’s evidenced-based approach to empowering people living with mental illness throughout the world.” said Kenneth Dudek, President of Fountain House.
Pathways Clubhouse, currently located at 7351 Elmbridge Way in Richmond, is a place that offers hope, encouragement, and opportunities to people whose lives have been affected by mental illness. Members reclaim their lives through a supportive environment that focuses on people’s strengths and talents rather than their illnesses. We work together to create opportunities for members to return to school, gain employment, have a place to live, connect with their families, make new friends, and create multiple successes. We also provide public education to increase awareness and understanding of mental illness and mental health issues.
We are excited to be participating along with 5 other non-profits and the City of Richmond in developing a community-based building which will include affordable rental housing, and space for social service providers, one of which is Pathways Clubhouse. Construction has begun and we are on schedule for completion in early 2017. There are many giving opportunities available for members of the community to become involved in our campaign to raise funds for the building. Please contact us for more information at any time at 778-918-1421, or firstname.lastname@example.org
It would be incorrect to think of Pathways Clubhouse as just a building. It is equally incorrect to think of it just as a rehabilitation program for those with mental illness. Pathways Clubhouse is about a lot of things – jobs, education, housing – it’s about hope and opportunity for recovery.
We invite you to visit Pathways Clubhouse, see for yourselves the work being done there.