I'm familiar with NAMI Contra Costa: The National Alliance on Mental Illness, Contra Costa chapter. NAMI Contra Costa is a support and advocacy group for people with mental illness and their families. As I've written before, my husband suffers from a severe mental illness, but, fortunately, takes his medication, and is able to work and be a good husband and father--though it can be a daily struggle for him.
I had never heard of the Contra Costa Clubhouse Project. I checked out their website. Founded in 2008, it sounds like a wonderful, much needed service for people in our community who suffer from severe mental illnesses. On the Clubhouse's website it says: "In Contra Costa County alone, 10,000 people seek treatment annually for a severe mental illness. The services currently available in our county are inadequate to meet their needs."
"The Clubhouse is a membership-based community where people living with persistent mental illness come to rebuild their lives. ... The Clubhouse provides an accepting place to spend the day, valuable work to perform within the organization, opportunities to socialize with friends and co-workers, and access to employment within the wider community."
Thanks to Mike McDowell's family and friends for making me, at least, aware of this very valuable resource in our community, as a way of remembering the loved one they lost.