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The Grace Community Center, located in downtown San Jose, is a therapeutic recreation center which serves adults with mental illness and other cognitive disabilities.

The therapeutic and recreation staff is committed to creating a place where instead of isolation and marginalization, there is safety, acceptance, and meaningful engagement with others. Members are provided with support in maintaining and improving their mental health and level of functioning through the modalities of therapeutic recreation and expressive arts. The Center’s goal is to serve the social, recreation and therapeutic needs of adults with mental illness and other cognitive disabilities.

Drop in activities include art groups, process and support groups, sports and fitness activities, nutrition, and psychological programs which teach daily living skills. Grace also offers access to fitness equipment, a computer lab, a pool table, and other lounge type areas where members can relax with music, television, and socialize with others.

All activities are open to members only, with the exception of Monthly Dances and the Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Winter Holiday annual events. To apply to become a member, this application, a copy of an id, and a $5 lifetime membership fee and must attend a new member orientation. Most activities are free with membership unless otherwise noted.

The Center also offers volunteer opportunities. To learn about opportunities for students and other community members, contact Lindsy Paine at 408-293-0422. We also provide opportunities for those needing to fulfill Court Ordered obligations. For more information on Court Ordered volunteer opportunities, please contact Don Taylor and Lisa Willan at 408-293-0422.

Internship opportunities are available for students studying in the fields of Marriage and Family Therapy, and Art Therapy contact Autmn Cade at 408-293-0422. For students studying Therapeutic Recreation contact Lisa Willan at 408-293-0422.

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Provisions Information
Art & Music Groups

Art Time, Arts & Crafts, Painting & Drawing, Open Art Studio, Beading, Art Therapy, The Entertainer, Band Jam, Artist Business Meeting

Process Based Groups

Men’s Group, Anger Management, Court Ordered Anger Management, Voices and Delusions, Maturity with Attitude

Sports and Fitness

Basketball, Yoga, Leisure Walking, Aerobics, Pickle Ball, G90x

Leisure Activities

Wii Time, The Entertainer, Bingo, Movie Matinee, Community Meeting, Monthly Birthday Celebration, Furry Friends, Dances, Special Holiday Events (October, November, December)

 Nutrition Awareness
Mind Over Munch
Computer Lab

Internet searches, e-mail, no printing

Fitness Equipment

Universal machine with 3 multi-function stations, Weights

Skill Building Groups

Sewing, Knitting & Crochet, Gardening, Relaxation Skills, Sewing by Appointment, Resource Hour

Self Care

Clothes Closet, Hair and Nail Salon, Nutrition Services (daily lunch program)

Pool 1 table for each
TV Lounge Flat Screen TV & Library
One-on-one support

For members attending 3 programs a week or more. Support or counseling from a qualified staff for up to 12 weeks.

County Mental Health Program

Must have Medi-Cal, Axis I Diagnosis, be in the County Mental Health System, attend 3 programs a week, sign in and out to get free lunch and up to 24 weeks of one-on-one support/counseling.

Membership Required for participation in all programs and services (except special events and dances)