We provide a full array of services to support the whole individual achieve her/his full capacity.


Clausen House’s residential program delivers coeducational housing in our three beautiful group residences located in the Adams Point neighborhood near Lake Merritt. Our staff provides a warm, friendly environment. We emphasize independent living and self-sufficiency, responsible decision-making, health, safety and community integration. All the adults we serve are fully engaged and either work or volunteer in the community or community college or attend day programs. Our clients enjoy recreational activities such as bowling, movies, yoga, sporting events and dances. For more information please contact Jaynette Underhill, Executive Director.

Supported Employment

Supported Employment assists our clients to seek and secure full or part-time paid employment. We assess a client’s work readiness, create a job-placement strategy, develop employment opportunities, train and provide post-placement support for greater job success. While some clients need the structure of a group placement and a permanent job coach, others work in relatively unsupervised positions. Safeway, Andronico’s, CVS, Walgreens, Kaiser Permanente, Banana’s Inc. and KPFA all report a high satisfaction level with our client’s job performance at locations throughout Oakland, Alameda, Berkeley, El Cerrito and Emeryville. Our clients have a solid job retention average of five plus years and some have been with the same employer for more than 20 years. Employers report that supported employment employees are among their most reliable, motivated and dependable employees. For more information please contact Veronica Santana, Director of Supported Employment.

Adult Education & Activity

Adult Education & Activity empowers clients to advocate for and gain access to their hopes and dreams. We teach adaptive social behaviors and strategies to empower our clients for successful community living. Classes are taught year-round Monday—Friday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at our 650 Grand Avenue Community Center with a 1:7 instructor/student ratio for personalized attention.

The program’s comprehensive curriculum covers reading/writing, technology use, money management, healthful cooking, art, dance, yoga, community access and self-care. Classes, cultural events, and volunteer opportunities challenge our clients intellectually, stimulate creativity, and builds essential life skills. For more information please contact Shawn Edwards, Director of Adult Education and Day Services.

Independent and Supported
Living Services

The Independent and Supported Living Programs provide individualized assistance to people who live in their own homes. Clausen House helps clients maintain their safety, financial security, and emotional stability while living on their own. Independent Living Services (ILS) provides instruction in functional skills taught in everyday environments. Clients are assisted with locating housing, cooking and nutrition, money management, safety awareness, health and medication management, self-advocacy, and social skills. Supported Living Services (SLS) provides a higher level of support with self-care activities and health. This may include assistance in recruiting and supervising personal care attendants and locating other natural supports. For more information please contact Bridgette Young Harry, Director of Independent Living and Supported Living Services.