Employment plays a central role in life and helps form a person’s sense of identity and self-worth. In addition to financial independence, work gives us purpose and connects us to those around us. Society, however, can stigmatize people living with mental illness, making it challenging to find or maintain a job. Independence Center’s Clubhouse, a psychosocial rehabilitation program, partners with top St. Louis corporations and business owners to meet their employment needs.

Our Clubhouse program is one of 350 such programs world-wide. Independence Center’s employment program is designed to remove obstacles and provide individualized support so that members have success on the job.

We Have a Great Work Force. Let’s Put it to Work For You.

  • Accreditations
    • Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities
    • Clubhouse International
    • Missouri Department of Mental Health
    • Missouri Department of Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Special Awards
    • Johnson & Johnson Dartmouth Transformation Award for increasing Supported Employment opportunities for people with mental illness
    • Robert Wood Johnson Employment Award


To learn more, click here for our Employment brochure

If you’re ready to partner with Independence Center or want to know more about our programs, please call us at 314.880.5476.

A Path to Meaningful Employment

We believe in the dignity of work. Work is more than a paycheck – it’s an affirmation of self-worth. It provides financial independence, purpose, and connects us to our community. Adults with mental illness often face enormous challenges in finding and keeping jobs. Even with skills and the ability to manage symptoms, the stigma of mental illness is a barrier to hiring them.

Many of our members didn’t have the confidence to apply for a job, until they came to our program. Others had a good job, even a successful career, before their mental illness emerged and caused them to lose their employment.

Independence Center is here to help members who are able, to get on a path to meaningful employment, from wherever their starting point may be.

Clubhouse Volunteer Work Transitional Employment Supported Employment
Members can gain useful job skills by volunteering to perform the jobs needed to run our Clubhouse. Part-time temporary work with our partner employers in the area. Scroll down to learn more. The support needed to acquire permanent full- or part-time work. Scroll down to learn more.
Independence Center Employment Services:

  • Guidance in resume preparation

  • Interview training

  • Assist with job searches

  • Employment workshops

  • Job placement service

  • On-the-job training and supports

  • Ongoing follow-up for employer and employee

  • Lifetime job retention and upgrading services


65% of members who expressed interest in finding employment were employed within six months or less

Transitional Employment (TE)

An important first step into real world employment

“Work is essential… it is the glue that binds us to society.”– Bob Harvey, Founding Director

When our members are ready and able, they can enter our Transitional Employment program to get real world job experience. They get jobs with our contracted area businesses, and work under our staff’s supervision. They earn a real paycheck and learn to manage their money. This program builds confidence and provides valuable experience to help acquire permanent work.

Member Benefits

  • Part-time, temporary placement intended to integrate or re-integrate a member into a real work situation
  • Acclimates the member to a workplace to experience the discipline and resources necessary to have a job
  • Work is 10 – 20 hours per week
  • Usually lasts six months

Employer Benefits

  • Independence Center staff will train for the job, and then help train our members for the job.
  • Staff ensures the job is appropriate for the members who will work it
  • Staff ensures the member has transportation to get to work
  • Staff serves as the point person with the employer to address any questions/situations that may arise
  • If member is sick or cannot make it to work, our staff will fill in, always ensuring the employer is never without an employee

Supported Employment (SE)

Long-term meaningful employment backed by our support

Members who have job experience and are ready to return to work have the help of our Supported Employment program. We provide guidance in the application and interview process, and will help the employer understand the member’s capabilities and limitations. Once hired, the member performs the job independently, with our support available as needed.

Member Qualifications

  • Had success with several Transitional Employment positions, or are experienced and returning to the workforce.
  • Ability to work full or part-time on a permanent basis.

Our Support

  • Assistance with the job search, securing the position, negotiating reasonable accommodations and benefits counseling.
  • Training for members when they start the job, as needed.
  • Ongoing support to members and employers, throughout their employment.

Current Employers

  • Watlow
  • Swiss American
  • Panera
  • College H.U.N.K.S
  • Equifax
  • Chase Park Plaza
  • Rx Outreach
  • Quiet Logistics
  • Salume Beddu
  • 1111 Mississippi
  • Sodexo
  • Crispy Edge
  • St. Vincent DePaul Thrift Stores
  • Bon Apetit
  • Barnes Jewish Hospital
  • Clean Uniform
  • Queen of Peace
  • Favazzas Specialty Foods
  • ReStore
  • Midland Optical
  • St. Louis Public Library
  • BJC Behavioral Health
  • Bryan Cave
  • Fox Theatre
  • Friendship Village
  • HomeGoods
  • Kennelwood Pet Resorts
  • Maggiano’s
  • Mercy
  • NAMI
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Schnucks
  • St. Louis Science Center
  • Sleeve A Message
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Starbucks
  • Stifel
  • The City Of Maryland Heights
  • Bi State Development/The St. Louis Arch
  • Unique Crafters
  • YMCA