Monday, June 26th, 2017

Shop at Bloomin’ in University Circle to benefit Magnolia Clubhouse

BY KATHRYN RIDDLE

 

 

Since 1961, Magnolia Clubhouse, formerly known as Hill House, has served the needs of people with mental illness by offering educational, social and vocational opportunities and fostering pride and personal achievement.

Located in University Circle, Magnolia House is an independent nonprofit affiliate of the International Clubhouse Movement founded on the principles of social justice in 1948 at Fountain House in New York City. The Clubhouse offers transitional employment in partnership with local businesses such as University Hospitals, Mars Electric, Zagara’s Market Place, the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Marriott Courtyard Hotels, TJ MAXX and the Cuyahoga County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services. The part-time, entry-level, paid jobs of a six to nine month duration help Clubhouse members learn new and different skills and promote self-confidence that leads to independent employment.

Clubhouse facilities include the Hospitality Unit where members have daily lunches; the Business Unit for new member enrollment and orientation as well as managing finances; the Communications Unit that produces the quarterly newsletter and daily in-house news broadcasts; and the Carriage House Clinic for psychiatric and primary care services. Magnolia Clubhouse’s capital campaign has completed three of four phases that began with the purchase and renovation of its neighboring house, the expansion of its kitchen and work at the Carriage House Clinic. The final phase will be joining the two buildings, originally early 20th century private homes.

Eight years ago Magnolia Clubhouse opened Bloomin’, an upscale resale shop of donated goods and art gallery that is run by Clubhouse members under staff leader Debbie Barris. Recently transformed by Magnolia Clubhouse board members Lynn Quintrell and Christeen Tuttle, Bloomin’ reflects the artful design of a regular retail store. Through their merchandising expertise, each of the shop’s rooms features vignettes of similar-era furniture, china, glassware, pottery, jewelry, paintings and more of whatever donations are received. Everything is affordably priced and in fact, many Clubhouse members themselves buy things for their homes. (Some members live in group homes, some independently and some with family or relatives.) According to Ms. Barris, Bloomin’ generates sales exceeding $2,000 a month and is growing. Bloomin’ is a real treasure, with treasures within, and will host an Open House with wine, cheese and of course shopping on Friday, July 18 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Magnolia Clubhouse, 11027 Magnolia Drive.

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