Men and women coping with serious mental illness want a place where they can go, receive help and training, and develop a sense of community. They have such a place at Chelton Loft.
We are located in Harlem, open to adults who , have a history history of serious mental illness, with or without chemical dependency, and those with a history of homelessness can come to The Chelton Loft six days a week.
Members and staff work together to create an environment that supports people’s growth and development.
To become a member an individual must have been diagnosed with a mental illness, be 18 years or older, and live in New York City. The Chelton Loft charges no fee to join.
Members have the option of participating in Chelton Loft’s four main units:
Members have the opportunity to assist in providing the day to day support of the Clubhouse. Members have the opportunity to work with intake and orientation, member outreach, bulk mailing and copying projects, clerical, reception desk, record keeping and data entry.
Our Wellness unit offers workshops on health-related topics including tobacco cessation, medical diagnoses, integrated co-occurring disorders, tai chi, martial art movement, mindfulness and more. Members have the opportunity to attend local events and take part in advocacy initiatives and grant research.
All work within the unit is based on the Eight Dimensions of Wellness as defined by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, occupational, physical, social and spiritual. In addition there is a fitness studio available for daily use.
The Café is responsible for preparing all meals and snacks for the Clubhouse. Because we are wellness focused we use fresh ingredients including herbs picked from our window garden in each and every meal!
In this unit members also have the opportunity to work on inventory, learn about food safety and nutrition and food shopping.
The Café Unit is also responsible for the overall maintenance of the clubhouse.
The Career Advancement Unit provides all levels of support for members seeking employment–from assistance with developing resumes to practicing interview skills, job search and placement.
When a Member begins working he/she continues to receive support and stays connected with the Clubhouse. Our Members work at local businesses including T.J. Maxx, Verizon, God’s Love We Deliver and NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene. Members who are interested in furthering their education receive the same level of support—whether working towards a TASC, college degree or vocational certification.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Chelton Loft or know someone who might qualify as a member, please call us at 212.727.4360.