Clausen House’s Adult Education & Activity program’s mission is to empower participants to advocate for and gain access to their hopes and dreams.

Clausen House Goals

Our goals are to challenge each individual intellectually, stimulate her/his creativity, and help her/him maximize their functional level. Program participants gain competency in essential life skills by taking part in classes, cultural events, and volunteer experiences. By learning adaptive social behaviors, clients are better able to achieve inclusion in the community. We teach program participants the skills they need to create and advocate for the life of which they dream.

Individuals entering the program may have limitations in spoken and written communication, interpersonal skills, accessing the community, task completion, money management, self-care, or the ability to pursue leisure activities. All instructors have a bachelor’s degree or higher, and the instructor-to-student ratio is 1:7.

Adult Education Classes

Classes are taught year-round, Monday through Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Classes are held at Clausen House’s Clarence J. Woodard Community Center, 650 Grand Avenue, Oakland, and at other locations. Our course catalog includes the following:

Functional Academic Skills

  • Book club. Writing
  • Finance. Money management.
  • Computer skills. Newsletter. Shopping.

Vocational Training

  • Work skills. Volunteering. Food Bank. Gardening. Community Service. Environmental Science.

Community Access

  • Travel Safety. Communication. Life skills. Recreation
  • Community field trips
  • Supervised volunteer work at the Alameda County Community Food Bank, the East Bay

Visual & Performing Arts

  • Print Mailing. Crafts. Art Therapy. Art Techniques. Dance. Music. Theater.
  • Talent show
  • Art show


  • Healthy Cooking. Health. Stress Management. Relationship Skills.
  • Meditation. Creative Movement.

Learn More About Adult Education at Clausen House

For more information about Clausen House’s Adult Education and Activity Program, please contact Jaynette Underhill, Executive Director, at (510) 839-0050 ext. 901.