Supporting Laurel House Middlesex's clubhouse approach to treating mental illness

Although the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation became a national philanthropy in 1972 and has operated on a national scale since then, it also has continued funding a limited number of local institutions and projects in the New Brunswick area and throughout New Jersey. It does so in part to honor the legacy of its founder, and in part to recognize the special responsibilities to the communities and the state in which it is located.This grant will provides final operating support and the development of a fund-raising plan for Laurel House Middlesex (LHM), a nonprofit "clubhouse" organization that addresses the social and economic concerns of people with severe mental illness. LHM is a recognized best practice by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The first such organization in New Jersey, the LHM model helps people with mental illness to stay out of hospitals while achieving social, financial, educational and vocational goals. LHM membership is voluntary and begins with on-site work units (clerical, culinary and maintenance) that benefit all the members at the clubhouse. Temporary employment placements are made by contacting local businesses and attending local business-oriented community meetings (e.g., Rotary International). These temporary employment placements are part-time and time-limited, generally 15 to 20 hours per week and six to nine months per year. When members complete their six- to nine-month job assignment, another LHM member will take that job, and the staff-training and support cycle starts over again. The aim is to transition LHM members into working environments carefully, building their confidence and job history, to help improve their chances of full-time employment. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation helped to start LHM, and this grant will transition this organization from its support. United Way of Central Jersey will provide additional funding.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $100,000.00

Awarded on: 6/1/2012

Time frame: 6/15/2012 - 6/14/2013

Grant Number: 69951


Laurel House Middlesex, Inc.

316 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, 08901-3457


Deborah Kaufman
Project Director