My name is David and I have been a member of Prosper Place Clubhouse since February 2010. I have lived with mental illness since I was a teenager. I remember having really confused and suicidal thoughts at a really young age. Before I came to Prosper Place I had a little trouble with the law, I had a lot of suicidal thoughts, and I did not have a stable lifestyle. I lived day by day and really didn’t care about life. The first time I came to the Clubhouse I did not open the door; I turned around and left. The next time I opened the door and felt very welcomed when Sue smiled at me and said “welcome!” Coming to Prosper Place gives me structure, I learn new skills like cooking and cleaning, and I have companionship. I learned I am not alone with mental illness; I have stability and hope. Coming to the Clubhouse saved my life, really!!!