Outreach and Transitional Employment


Outreach track clubhouse membership, support development efforts, and provide tours and orientation for new members data collection and statistics for Compass House. They also provide community out-reach, and member reach-out so that the community and members are always kept aware of what is happening at Compass House. To support this goal of keeping everyone informed of what is happening at Compass House, the unit also produces our newsletter, website, Facebook page and marketing materials.



Clubhouses offer employment support through three avenues.

Transitional Employment:

is a highly structured program for members returning to work in local business and industry. Transitional Employment placements are at the employer’s place of business, are part-time (15-20 hours per week), and include a lot of on-the-job and off-site support from Clubhouse staff and other members. These placements generally last from six to nine months. Members can then try another placement or move on to supported or independent employment. Transitional Employment is specifically designed as a vocational rehabilitation program where a member can gain or re-gain the skills and confidence necessary to have a job while he or she is employed in a “real world” position. The only requirement for the member to participate in Transitional Employment is the expressed desire to work.

Supported Employment:  

Using the Supported Employment model, the Clubhouse maintains a relationship with both the working member and the employer. Members, staff and employer in collaboration determine the type, frequency and location of desired supports.

Independent Employment:

is a program of the Clubhouse through which members, when ready, are broadly helped by the Clubhouse to seek and obtain a job on their own. The Clubhouse then provides ongoing support and encouragement for the members as long as they remain employed and want assistance. There is no on-site support at the place of business for members in Independent Employment; all support takes place at the Clubhouse, or in the community.

The Outreach and Transitional Unit is the place to come if members are in need of housing support and advocacy to obtain services in the community.

For questions please contact  Ryan Hemme the Outreach Coordinator at:  ryanh@socompasshouse.org or Chris Folden the Transitional Employment Coordinator at: chrisf@socompasshouse.org