Mental health outreach program Clubhouse Atlanta is celebrating its first anniversary with live music, food and games Oct. 15.

Clubhouse is an intentional community that assists individuals living with a mental illness reach their potential as contributing members of their communities. As a member of Clubhouse International, which supports over 300 Clubhouses worldwide, Clubhouse Atlanta provides support to individuals in the metro Atlanta area by assisting them with their employment, education, housing and social goals.

Clubhouse Atlanta was opened last year after co-founder and Vinings resident Susie Kyle’s son died at the age of 39. Kyle’s son Bo had Asperger syndrome, a high-functioning type of autism and problems with substance abuse and mental illness. Bo’s struggles in finding the right place to get help was a driving factor in starting Clubhouse Atlanta.

“I’m thrilled to be able to offer this to other families that need it,” Kyle told Neighbor Newspapers last year. “People whose loved ones are sitting around the house or riding MARTA all over town, with no place to go, this is the place. This is a place for them to go to find a life, get the help they need, get support and make friends.”

Kyle co-founded the organization east Cobb resident Bill McClung, and both serve as board co-presidents. Clubhouse Atlanta focuses on building strong and meaningful relationships, while working side by side with its members, which in turn gives them the support and confidence they need to work on their own personal goals at their own pace.

Since its doors opened in October of 2020, Clubhouse Atlanta has served more than 35 individuals from Dekalb, Fulton, Gwinnett, Cobb, Clayton and Rockdale counties.

“After a year of uncertainty due to the Coronavirus, we are ecstatic that we are where we are today,” executive director Freddy Morello said. “Although it has been a bit slower of a process than we may have wanted, we have been helping our members reach their goals in a safe and friendly environment. Our First Anniversary MembersFest will celebrate the accomplishments of the whole Clubhouse Atlanta community and we hope that this event will go a long way in Helping Us Help our Members.”

The first anniversary celebration is open to the public and will be held outside at Clubhouse Atlanta at 4755 N. Peachtree Rd in Dunwoody from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Singer Betty Seni will be performing live music. Activities and tables will be socially distanced and masks will be encouraged.

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