Dear Connections members, staff, and extended community,

For the safety and protection of our members and staff during this COVID-19 pandemic, our Clubhouse will be closing temporarily effective March 23, 2020.  The clubhouse will remain closed in order to comply with the CDC and NC regulations at this time.   A notification will be sent when we are able to start connecting with everyone at our clubhouse once again.

This decision was not made lightly and while the Connections community will not be together in a physical setting, we will find other ways of staying connected. We will continue to provide outreach and other supports on a routine, ongoing basis.

We will keep you updated. Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay connected!

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Because of the COVID19 pandemic, we are changing things up this year. On Saturday, December 5th, we will offer a “drive-through” pottery fundraiser at Connections.
All items including tickets will be for sale online.
This ticket will include one bowl for pickup at 1679 Southwest Blvd Newton, NC 28658 on Dec 5th. Any additional items purchased may also be picked up at this time.
On that day, fundraiser participants will drive to Connections and pick up their pottery bowls. If special arrangements are needed for pickup please contact us for scheduling.
Thanks for your ongoing support!  Please visit our online store!

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ABOUT CONNECTIONS

Connections is a psychosocial rehabilitation clubhouse of Catawba Valley Behavioral Healthcare. It was established in 1990 through Mental Health Services of Catawba County in response to the need for an ongoing community support program for adults with behavioral health disorders experiencing mental illness. Connections is specifically designed for adults (18 and older) who have a diagnosis of a severe and persistent mental illness. Connections provides opportunities to assist clubhouse members in leading meaningful, productive, and independent lives. We approach this goal by providing meaningful work, meaningful relationships, and the opportunity to feel a sense of belonging to a welcoming community.

Connections is certified by the International Center for Clubhouse Development and is based on the “Fountain House” or “Clubhouse” model. The underlying philosophy behind this clubhouse model is based on 4 member rights:

  • The right to a place to come
  • The right to meaningful work
  • The right to meaningful relationships
  • The right to a place to return

Connections has 4 working units – kitchen, snack bar, employment, and clerical. Within these units, members and staff work together as coworkers to do the necessary and meaningful work of the clubhouse. Connections offers a variety of employment opportunities for the clubhouse members: Lawn Crew group placement, Transitional employment, and Supported Employment.

Our transitional Employment and Supported Employment programs are sponsored by Vocational Rehabilitation. Connections also provides opportunity for education and socialization. We assist members in accessing educational and leisure resources in the community. A physician or therapist may refer individuals to Catawba County, 18 or over, who are in active treatment for severe and persistent mental illness to Connections. If a prospective member is interested and meets the criteria of the clubhouse, we recommend a tour of the clubhouse.