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Medication & Diet

You need to have a system to take your own medicine while at the clubhouse. Some members use alarm watches or medicine boxes. You also need to monitor your own dietary needs. We try to have nutritious, delicious lunches with a sugar-free dessert alternative. Be sure to always let us know anytime your medications change even if you…

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When, where, and how do I get there?

Members may attend Side by Side Clubhouse from 8:30-2:30, Monday thru Friday. Members are responsible for their own transportation and can come as often as they want. Side by Side Clubhouse is located at 1001 Main Street Stone Mountain, GA 30083. It is on the 121 MARTA bus line from the Kensington Station. The phone…

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How do I know if the Clubhouse is right for me?

If you want to be part of a dynamic club where you help make decisions and carry out everything to keep it going, Side by Side may be right for you. If you need a place to “fit in”, or want help getting back to work, the Clubhouse may be a good option. If you…

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Is there a membership fee?

Yes, there is a daily charge to attend Side by Side Brain Injury Clubhouse. Discounts are offered as available to help those who cannot pay the full fee. Side by Side Clubhouse is a non-profit organization, so it only needs to cover the costs of operating the Clubhouse itself. Therefore the cost of membership is…

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Are there staff at the Clubhouse?

Yes, there are a few staff, just enough to guide the members in deciding how to make sure Side by Side Clubhouse runs smoothly. The staff are not there to give individualized physical assistance or “do therapy”. Staff are available to work side by side with members to complete the “work” of the Clubhouse. Staff…

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What happens at Side by Side Clubhouse?

The program follows a work-ordered day. The members do everything that must be done to run the Clubhouse each day. For example, we need to answer the phone, deposit lunch money in the bank, advocate for ourselves in the community, and know where the jobs are and how to get them, learn jobs and keep…

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How did the Clubhouse program come about in the Atlanta area?

In the early 1990s, Cindi Johnson and Mike McCord were known to the brain injury community as therapists and co-directors of Camp Hargrove of the Brain Injury Association of Georgia. They had a desire to create a place for people with brain injuries to come every weekday where they can belong, contribute, be accepted and appreciated;…

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Where did this idea come from?

The Clubhouse model began in 1948 when some people with psychiatric disabilities gathered together to support each other. They got some help to develop a program to keep them busy and productive, help them work, live independently, get some education, and socialize with each other. Now there are over 300 Clubhouses around the world, but…

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