Wednesdays from 7 P.M. to 9 P.M.
The 7-2-9 Club began on Valentine’s Day 1979 as a socialization program for those recovering from serious mental illness. Socialization refers to bringing together people affected by mental illness and other people in the community. The goal is to overcome the social isolation and loneliness that so many people feel as they move from St. Elizabeths Hospital back into the community.
The Club meets every Wednesday night, except in the summer, from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. The membership consists of three primary groups: 20 or so persons who currently reside and are being treated at St. Elizabeths Hospital; another 20 or so persons who have been discharged from the hospital and come on their own from community residence facilities and their own apartments; and four to six volunteers from the church and community.
Activities include sharing in refreshments, competitive bingo, karaoke, and occasional programs.
The 7-2-9 Club can always use volunteers to take part in what you’ll find to be a unique and gratifying experience. No special skills are necessary—although the ability to listen helps. We welcome volunteers who can come occasionally as well as those who can come nearly every week. Contact Spence Gibbins, firstname.lastname@example.org.