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The Grace Art and Wellness Program, 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.

volunteer linkDrop 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 Charmaine Guerrero 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  Jonathan Valenzuela at 408-293-0422.

Internship opportunities are available for students studying in the field of Therapeutic Recreation. Please contact Lisa Diebolt at 408-293-0422.


  • Mon-Tues: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Wed: 9:00 am to 1:30 pmin
  • Thurs-Fri: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Sat: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • Sun: Closed


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
  • Boundaries
  • Positive Talk
  • Creative Writing
  • Woman Uniquely Powered
  • Mindfulness Course

Sports and Fitness

  • Basketball
  • Yoga
  • Leisure Walking
  • Aerobics
  • Pickle Ball
  • Sittercise
  • Chair yoga
  • Sitting Volleyball
  • Gentle Stretch
  • Group Exercise 

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

  • International Kitchen
  • Insta-Yum

Computer Lab

  • Internet searches
  • E-mail
  • No printing

Fitness Equipment

  • Exercise Bikes and Recumbent Bikes
  • Free Weights
  • Punching Bag
  • Skipping ropes

Skill Building Groups

  • Sewing
  • Knitting & Crochet
  • Gardening
  • Relaxation Skills
  • Resource Hour

Self Care

  • Hair and Nail Salon
  • Brain Fit
  • Dignity on Wheels Shower Program (Fridays from 9 – 11 a.m.)
  • Nutrition Services (daily lunch)


  • 1 table for each

TV Lounge

  • Flat Screen TV & Library


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

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