ach unit is designed to provide the clubhouse with needed services. Traverse House members are given the opportunity to decide which unit to participate in and contribute to.
The Kitchen/Café Unit, Clerical/Transitional Employment Unit, Members and staff partner together to run the Traverse House.
Through daily involvement, members can begin to develop a sense of belonging and can build self-esteem.
Also at the clubhouse, members have the opportunity to socialize with others and can work on developing long lasting friendships.
THE KITCHEN UNIT
The Kitchen unit is responsible for preparing and serving lunch and dinner on a daily basis. The kitchen unit handles the food budget, menu planning, grocery shopping and clean up of the kitchen and dining area.
THE CAFÉ UNIT
The café is open Monday thru Saturday. The café unit is responsible for selling snacks and refreshments, ordering the food to be sold and maintaining the café.
THE CLERICAL UNIT
The clerical unit produces a noon notes daily for the membership and creates a monthly newsletter. Tabulates and reports member attendance and complete clerical tasks as required to complete the business of the clubhouse. Members learn basic computer principles and clerical skills such as filing, telephone operation and community outreach.
Currently we have 6 Transitional employment sites and hold between 6 and 30 positions with in these sites. Currently we are working at Interlochen Arts Academy, Triple R plastics, Northwest Michigan Community Blood Coalition, Traversefield and Bayshore Resort.
We have approximately 60 members who work either at one of our TE sites or independently in the community.
This placement allows the individual to experience a position in the work place for a 6-9 month time period. The employee is paid directly by the employer. If this is a positive and progressive experience for the employee and employer, the individual may apply as a Competitive employee and work independent of the Clubhouse. If the job-worker match is not conducive to progression the Traverse House would then train and place an alternative member in the position.
This type of service performs as a team package. The crew consists of 3-6 individuals who continuously accomplish a goal in a 2-4 hour shift. The employer financially collaborates with GTP industries.