Sorry didn’t see this post until just now!
I love my clubhouse, I tell people it’s the most welcoming place I’ve ever walked in the door. Though I’m not blind to it’s downsides I just have little to compare it to as I’ve never been involved with a drop in or peer support center. My only problems with it are the constant state of change it has been in since I’ve been involved but this goes along with being a new clubhouse in a state that doesn’t fund clubhouse. We also have a bit of a motivation problem as all the work is voluntary therefor most of the work falls on those who are willing to do it who end up keeping the doors open for those who prefer to sit around, but that is their right to do so.
As far as funding, like I said our state does not fund clubhouse, they fund peer support exclusively, so we have been privately funded from the beginning. We exist on grants, private donations, fundraising and recently we have hooked up with the state vocational rehab which will finally get us some state funding without all the strings attached which normally comes with this.
We are a very small clubhouse which has only been around 4 years and has only 200 members but things are seeming to really start to take off since we hired a new executive director. It can be very difficult in the start up stage to find funding, I know as I’ve been closely involved in the start up of what will be my states second clubhouse. It took a while and you certainly don’t get every grant you go after, but they now have a location and are looking to open in Sept.