Those who live with chronic mental illness often spend the holidays alone. That does not happen at the GOC. GOC Members are not only receiving services here, they are performing them. Members form friendships, help each other, and pave the way towards a better community. On this Labor Day, we were also fortunate to have some of our friends from the Rotary Club of Downtown Gainesville visit. Our goal is to help our Members re-integrate into the community, and it is great to see Rotary supporting these efforts. If you like seeing people smile, please click through our pictures. Clubhouse International – ICCD Rotary District 6970 Rotary International

Smiling, happy, and productive are three ways you might describe GOC Members. Even on a holiday, our Members like to help. Sean worked the grill to perfection. While Sean and some Members cooked, other Members enjoyed each others company and games. We were happy to see CJ back in town after a hiatus from the GOC. He did great in Wii bowling playing with and competing with other Members. Joanna cooked the veggie burgers and veggie hot dogs for those who don’t eat meat. We can’t operate this place without them. Their contributions not only help us, they help themselves become more independent. Joanna cooked the veggie burgers and veggie hot dogs for those who don’t eat meat. We can’t operate this place without them. Their contributions not only help us, they help themselves become more independent.

Rotarians Billy Brame, Diane Robar, Brett Buell, Bob Robar, and Ed Book are all frequent GOC visitors they know many of our GOC Members by face and by name. Rotarians are getting to know the GOC Members, and GOC Members are interacting with people in our community. It is nice to see our community interacting with the GOC.

What do you see at the GOC? People who support each other and are making progress in their lives. Our Members helped serve the food, and later helped clean up. With fun activities, some responsibility goes along with it. Our Members didn’t shy away with helping clean up later. Breaking isolation, meeting friends, and feeling like you are apart of a community helps people stay on the right path. That is why GOC Works. Smiling, happy, and productive are three ways you might describe GOC Members.