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Meet Shakira
December 21, 2022

Meet Shakira, Clubhouse member and young adult mental health advocate, who is helping to move our community forward. 

Please donate today to support our work creating recovery opportunities and help people living with mental illness, like Shakira, reclaim their futures!

Shakira’s story:

I want to tell you about an incredible young woman, Shakira Harris.

Shakira stood up in front of 600 Clubhouse colleagues at our recent World Seminar to share her journey that began with suicidal attempts as a young teenager and has ended with an inspiring recovery.

As she aged out of foster care, a social worker at a local youth program introduced Shakira to B’More Clubhouse in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Shakira jumped into the Clubhouse with both feet. She came out of her bubble and gained self-confidence. But then, as sometimes happens, Shakira lost her way.

Thankfully, Shakira’s Clubhouse community didn’t give up on her. They kept reaching out, even if she didn’t respond. They reminded her that no matter what, the Clubhouse would be there to support her. She rediscovered her community. Most importantly, Shakira rediscovered herself.

“The Clubhouse is a place where you can be true to yourself and never have to worry about anyone stealing your joy or making decisions about what’s best in your own life.”

Our world is full of Shakiras. The details may be different, but the Clubhouse Model helps all members to deal with their difficulties and continue their journey with confidence and positivity for a bright future.

That’s the work your gift to Clubhouse International makes possible. We create and connect communities where recovery and a bright future are possible.

Working with 330+ Clubhouses and nearly 60 Startup groups around the world, we work every day on behalf of members like Shakira. With your generous support, we can continue this lifesaving work.

Your gift will help members like Shakira. Please make a gift today.

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