At NorthStar's core is a community in which relationships grow through shared purpose and working side-by-side. Unlike similar programs that merely simulate work, all clubhouse member contributions are critical to our operations. Our staff is small enough that maintaining our organization is impossible without member involvement.

Clubhouse activities are organized around a Work-Ordered Day. Tasks are divided into units that support NorthStar, including meal planning and preparation, record-keeping, advocacy, and new member outreach. Members choose work according to their personal goals and interests.


The Communications Unit works to maintain accurate and up-to-date content for our website, and social media platforms. The unit is also responsible for community outreach to educate area mental health providers about our services with the goal of increasing referrals of new members and expanding our membership. The Communications Unit also maintains the internal communication vehicles such as the message and employment display boards. The unit also makes and sends birthday cards to all members celebrating their birthday in the current month. 


The Membership Unit has the overall responsibility of assisting new members in becoming involved in NorthStar. The membership team works to constantly improve our referral process, make new members feel welcomed to the community, facilitate orientation and tours, and help maintain membership databases and engage in other record-keeping processes. When people cannot make it to the clubhouse, we continue to foster those relationships with reachout calls and visits.

Nutrition & Wellness

This unit develops and promotes skills and strategies essential to overall health and well-being. In addition to creating nutritious and affordable meals for daily lunch service, members assist with menu planning, budgeting, and incorporating movement and mindfulness throughout the clubhouse.