On September 23, 2009, Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh joined the leadership of not-for-profit mental health service provider, Community Access, and other community leaders for a ground- breaking ceremony for Club Access, the organization’s clubhouse program on the Lower East Side. Amidst hard hats and shovels, attendees heard about plans for the clubhouse’s new site and the program’s past successes in enabling members to participate in an active community and learn new skills. On hand for the ground- breaking were Community Access CEO Steve Coe, program director Tony Lee, and board members Anastasia Vournas and Stephen Chase; Mary Spink of the Lower East Side People’s Mutual Housing Association, which is providing the space for the clubhouse; and Lisa Kaplan representing Councilmember Rosie Mendez.
Club Access serves individuals with mental disabilities, allowing them to feel welcome in the community. The new clubhouse at 242 East 2nd Street is expected to open its doors in February 2010 and will provide educational workshops, skills and job training programs, transitional employment opportunities, intramural sports, access to health services, and movie, theater, and museum visits.
For more information, please contact Kavanagh’s district office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-979-9696.