In July 2011, GMC reopened after two months of renovations. We have loosely adopted a clubhouse model as a way of empowering our guests. We encourage our “members” to take pride in the space they share by assisting in keeping the place tidy and by working together with staff to decide on the day-to-day policies of the center.
Every Tuesday, we have a House Meeting, which is a time for guests and staff of GMC to come together to voice any concerns, questions, suggestions, or complaints. If someone expresses discontent with the way an aspect of the center is running, we ask the room for suggestions on how to improve. Our members raise sensitive and important issues, such as how to deal with difficult behavior and how to file a complaint against the police. These meetings are a vital part of GMC’s community and clubhouse.
We enrich the lives of our guests through both fun and educational programming. From a knit and crochet group, to a fitness group, to self-advocacy workshops, GMC helps foster friendships and personal growth in our center. Volunteers and staff lead most programming, and everyone is encouraged and welcome to participate.
Our Knit and Crochet Group, which meets dutifully every morning, has come a long way since its humble start in the summer of 2011. Members teach their peers, and we have an online craft auction (under Donate) and several handmade items for sale. All the money either goes to the artist or into an account for more yarn, and through this program we are teaching our knitters how a hobby can become something much more.