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Executive Director

Tommy Gunn is the Founder and Executive Director of Adventure House. His vision of Adventure House began with recognizing a need to help adults with mental illness be able to regain the confidence and skills necessary to lead productive, satisfying lives and allow them to reclaim self-respect as contributing citizens. The goal was to create a program where adults with mental illness would have a place to come where they were needed and welcome. Adventure House would become a place where their talents and skills could be utilized in meaningful ways to keep the Program running on a day-to-day basis.

Tommy is a native of Atlanta , Georgia . He graduated in 1975 from North Georgia College , majoring in Psychology. In 1977, he received a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology. After eleven years of working with Adult Mental Health, Tommy became involved with the Clubhouse model.

As the Adventure House Executive Director, Tommy plays many roles. He oversees the day-to-day operations of Adventure House. He also provides assistance to other Clubhouses Internationally in strengthening their program as well as assisting with start-up Clubhouses. By maintaining strong relationships with Clubhouses thru out the Country, Tommy continues to improve and expand the mission of Adventure House.

The following are a few of the programs Tommy Gunn is affiliated with:

  • ICCD ( International Center for Clubhouse Development) - Faculty Member providing on-site consultations and certification reviews of Clubhouse Model Programs worldwide.
  • NCCC ( North Carolina Clubhouse Coalition)
  • HarvestWorks - Advisory Board Member

Since the beginning of Adventure House, Tommy has strived to build a strong and prosperous clubhouse model program for adults with severe and persistent mental illness. Adventure House offers a variety of opportunities to develop vocational, social, and educational skills through the following divisions of the program:

  • Kitchen Unit - Lunch is prepared and served by members and staff to 80-90 people a day.
  • Snack Bar Unit- Breakfast is served every morning, and an alternative lunch is served on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of each week.
  • Member Services Unit - Members can pay rent, withdraw money, or deposit money into their accounts. They can also seek opportunities for employment through the Transitional Employment Program.
  • Administrative Unit - all the records for attendance are kept in this unit as well as the publication of the newsletter.
  • Social Program - members have the opportunity to attend Tuesday night socials and Thursday night rehearsals for the Adventure House Players drama group.
  • Adventure House Community Support Services - provides Case Management services to adults with mental illness in Cleveland County.

Every day Adventure House is growing by leaps and bounds.

Under the leadership of Tommy, Adventure House is committed to a plan of action that will continue to build on the reputation it has already achieved.

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