As you can see in these pictures from other Gilda’s Clubs, they come in many different kinds of buildings.
It will be interesting to see what ours will look like. Here are some features we expect it to have:
An appropriate club site will be an important factor in the accessibility, visibility and attractiveness of the club. The club will be located in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. The clubhouse will need ample parking and handicapped accessibility. On site parking is important. A minimum of 30 parking spots will be needed.
The location should be in a quiet area either near a residential neighborhood or in a light commercial area adjacent to a residential neighborhood. It can’t be in an area that is zoned residential. Since many meetings will be in the evening, the clubhouse must be in a safe area.
The clubhouse is not only a meeting place, but the most visible and enduring symbol of the organization’s philosophy and program. The relationship of the space in a clubhouse to the program is key. Builders and decorators of the clubhouse have the task of providing a warm and welcoming homelike setting, while paying close attention to what each detail conveys to members and visitors about the nature of the program. Above all, nothing should suggest an institution, a social service agency, or an office.
A description of the ideal environment for a CSC program is filled with paradoxes. The clubhouse must be:
- Homelike but nonresidential
- A showcase but distinctly not “decorated”
- Comfortable but completely functional
- Fresh and new – and worn and lived in
- Intimate, but spacious enough to accommodate large numbers
- Private and quiet but centrally located
- Close to parking
- Unobtrusively accommodating of administrative functions
Since warmth conveyed by color has regional definition, the choice up to each affiliate. It is better to use color instead of flat white paint, which communicates “sterile” and “institutional.”
Try for an “Undecorated” Look
There should be space for exercising and social activities out of doors – preferably at least partially screened from view. Exterior lighting should be on a timer, since most of it won’t be needed when we are closed.
Photo Gilda’s Club Seattle…
This is the most visible spot where administrative and program functions meet. The receptionist greets members here and handles their sign-in, but also answers the telephone and frequently performs clerical tasks.
Photo Gilda’s Club Madison….
Gathering family members and friends together for a Team Convene or Family Focus session can be accomplished in a group room or area of the clubhouse with comfortable chairs and possibly a dining table to hold refreshments and help draw people into the conversation.
Need room attractive to teens, but not black! Decor should be lively.
When selecting furniture, try to accommodate everyone’s comfort: supportive straight-back chairs, comfortably cushioned chairs, and sectionals that allow for a variety of postures, must all fit together in a room that may hold as many as 15 people.
• Floor and table lighting are preferable to overhead lighting
• Pictures should be unobtrusive and pleasant
• Keep in mind that weak or disabled people may have difficulty getting up from some styles of cushioned seating
Photo Gilda’s Club Seattle….
Living Room or Library
Photo Gilda’s Club Seattle….
“It’s Always Something” Room
This room was named after Gilda’s favorite phrase, but any name could be used. This is a very nice extra – a small, private meditation room for people who may need time out from the bustle of the community, or who may need a rest before traveling home or on to a treatment. A fish tank and a chaise are about all this room needs, although a small sound system would be nice.
Arts & Crafts Workshop Area
Photo Gilda’s Club Chicago…
This is the children’s version of the program.
1. Toys that reflect regional interests as well as educational savvy, and that promote group activity (omit computers and encourage children to enjoy this solitary activity at home.
2. Cuddly stuffed toys (wash weekly and make sure that children with cancer handle only clean toys)
3. New take-home cuddlies for all children
Description: Will have children from 3 to 12 years old. Will have activities with lots of movement, puppet shows, snacks, etc. Although we will not be licensed as such, this part of the building should meet construction requirements for child care facilities.
Capacity: 10-20 children and staff.
Adjacency: Nearby small toilet and sink for little people
Plumbing: Small, efficiency style kitchen