Grand Avenue Club is a Milwaukee community helping adults facing the challenge of mental illness achieve recovery, productivity, and life satisfaction.

Guidelines for membership:

Membership at Grand Avenue Club (GAC) is available to any Milwaukee County resident who has dealt with the challenge of mental illness and is voluntarily interested in participating in our community.

It is desirable for potential members to have a monthly income, shelter, food, and is essential that appropriate medical/psychiatric care is in place. We are a good fit for motivated individuals who are interested in taking the next step in their mental health journey.

GAC is unable to accept individuals with: dementia, traumatic brain injury, autism spectrum disorders, or developmental disabilities.

We are not a medical model and therefore do not offer therapy or case management services.

Membership Process:

  1. If you are interested in membership please fill out an online application by clicking HERE
  2. After we review your application we will call to schedule a tour. Our tours give you an overview of the Clubhouse as a whole.
  3. After the tour we will as you to to provide 2 licensed professional referrals(psychologist, psychiatrist, therapist or case manager) to verify your diagnosis and readiness for membership.
  4. When these are returned we will invite you to begin Orientation
    1. As a potential member you will spend time in each of our 3 units to learn about Clubhouse and what being a member is all about.
  5. Upon completion of Orientation you are accepted into membership.

As a member you are welcome on the Clubhouse any time the club is open. There are no dues or fees and membership lasts a lifetime.

We look forward to meeting you.

If you have any questions or concerns about Membership, please call us at 414-727-3366, or email us at

Please visit Clubhouse International’s website for more information about the global clubhouse movement.

GAC is based on “the Clubhouse Model of psychiatric rehabilitation,” which is included in the National Registry of Evidence Based Practices and Programs {EBP} of the U.S Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA). Evidence of the capacity for dissemination of this way of working is a book called “Together Everyone Achieves ClubHouse” or “TEACH manual” which was written and published by the GAC community in 2014.