From Tom Hay
Green Door will be closing its Dupont Circle clubhouse on Dec. 31. The community program prepares women and men with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses to work and live independently in the DC and has operated the clubhouse at 1623 16th St. NW since 1976.
The organization also has a facility at 1221 Taylor St. that will remain open and continue some of the programs when the 16th St. location closes.
Judith Johnson, the president of Green Door, said services were threatened by DC Government budget cuts, and shortfalls in billing under Medicaid. After closing and moving to Taylor St., the Dupont clubhouse building will be sold. The DC Real Property Assessment database lists the property assessment as $4.7 million.
Johnson issued the following statement:
The Green Door Clubhouse programs did more than provide education and job training skills to men and women in our community living with mental illness; our members learned to support one another, advocate for themselves and help others in our community by volunteering, speaking out about mental illness and representing Green Door at community forums. Closing our doors was a hard — but necessary — decision. The change in our funding mechanism (billing under Medicaid), the recent DC budget cuts and the operational costs to maintain two locations forced us to review our financial forecast and take decisive action.
According to a 1991 Washington Post article on the $2 million renovation of the clubhouse, the mansion housing Green Door was built in 1886 for Hampton B. Denman, a former mayor of Leavenworth, Kansas. The architectural style was described as a combination of Queen Anne and Richardsonian Romanesque, both popular at the time.
A closing party at the Clubhouse is scheduled for Dec. 29 from 3 to 7 pm.