The Employers’ Reception held by the Clubhouse concluded well on
The place where I currently work is the same place --- Morgan Stanley’s postal room --- where I worked in 2003 at a time when my life was at it’s lowest, I had the least self-confidence, and I very much needed to be accepted by society. Although it is a full-time job and the working hours are long, yet I am happy working at Morgan Stanley. On the afternoon of that day I came back to the Clubhouse. After taking the lunch which had been kept for me, we began memorizing the M.C.’s lines and my thoughts. I got a bit nervous; the time passed and it was after , and guests arrived punctually at the Clubhouse. There was one introductory session after another, in Chinese and in English respectively, led by tour guides. At the employers’ reception started. At that point my mood calmed down. After Alex gave a brief introduction in English, I began presiding over the event. First I stated the purposes of this Reception, and four Clubhouse members (including myself) shared their thoughts. Then Eva and Helen explained the future development of the Clubhouse. At the end awards were given to three employers and organizations that have employed Clubhouse members for over 5 years. At the end of the Reception snacks and beverages were served and souvenirs were given to everybody.
That evening I was very happy that many colleagues showed up to
give me support and encouragement. But what saddened me a bit was that my
mother who had recently passed away could not be present to see that I am
able to get re-employed and get back up in life; this is the greatest pity
in my life. On the few days after the Employers’ Reception, I was time
and again praised by superiors and encouraged by colleagues. Thus this
Employers’ Reception held by the Clubhouse was not only a reception, but
also gave a correct message to everybody that most often the rehabilitated
mental patients are able to work and are not useless.