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Clubhouse Program

 At a Clubhouse you are not a patient or a client, you are a member. You belong. It’s about your goals and your individual needs. What is so amazing about the Clubhouse Model is that the Clubhouse needs you as much as you need it. Members come to the Clubhouse and work on the actual day to day operations of the organization. Real work is what gets people better, not sitting on a couch or completing worksheet. The work is divided into different Work Units. All of these help one be better at home, in their community and for some, in a job. 


Flour to Empower Bakery

Most days, if you walk into the Clubhouse, it smells fabulous.  That’s because in our commercial licensed kitchen, we have specially trained baking supervisors who guide members who choose to participate through the simple, logical, precise steps of creating delicious baked goods.

Our unique “Flour to Empower” program has proven that it is one of the very best ways for survivors to get hands-on, practical healing in a safe, controlled environment. The smiles on their faces after a successful bake are even better than the flavors of our popular assortment of delicacies.

We use the baked goods our members create to:

  • Thank the kind-hearted donors who participate in our Flour to Empower Sweet Success subscription
  • Sell to customers directly through our bakery storefront in Elmhurst, Illinois.  Fresh baked items available on Fridays.
  • To celebrate birthdays and special achievements at our Clubhouse
  • To ship nationwide for those who support our mission
  • Share with our neighbors


Employment & Benefits Services

The Employment Unit addresses barriers and focuses on abilities to return individuals back to work, despite the fact that many will not be able to resume their former professions.  

Through our Employment Unit, individuals will work on regaining hard and soft skills, create a resume, job seek, and get placed in inclusive and supportive environments. The Employment Unit Coordinator works with members and their families on how to meet state expectations and find employment.

Synapse House staff happily work with members and their families to help them make the most of social services available in their area.  Benefits Education & Consultation is available for a separate fee and reduced rate for Clubhouse Members. 

List of Grants and Insurance Companies we work with:

  • Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) Supported Employment Program
  • Workmen’s Compensation Insurance
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) Job Coaching

We consider it a part of our mission to support brain injury survivors and their families with the mountains of unfamiliar paperwork that comes with a brain injury.  We may be aware of programs and benefits to assist you or your loved one. Please inquire.

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