We get 18 to 20-somethings


and living independently in Portland, Maine

You live in your own apartment. 
You never live with us.


The high level of customized structure and therapeutic support provided by Onward Transitions in tandem with the reality-testing of true independent living cultivates successful, autonomous, emerging adults. 

Our mission: Onward Transitions guides and supports bright, motivated, emerging adults towards sustainable independent living, autonomy, and the formation of meaningful reciprocal relationships. 

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Onward Transitions Builds Durability and Autonomy

Many stressors serve as impediments to emerging adults as they make their way in the world. Their ability to manage those stressors, over time and in real time is critical to their effectiveness in coping with the multi-faceted lives they are compelled to live. Depression may keep them from getting out of bed to go to work. Executive functioning challenges might lead to losing track of assignments and due dates in a course of study. Anxiety could cause them to overthink, well, everything actually. And yet, what they are looking for, and what their families are hoping for are in many ways the same thing—durability.

From Day One

Onward Transitions members live in the apartment of their choice all over the city of Portland, Maine. They come together at the Pine House, the Hay Loft offices in the Arts District, and at venues throughout the city and become part of a strong progressive community. We don’t own any apartments or houses. Onward Transitions is not a residential program. During the enrollment process we work with families to help locate a living space based on their personal preferences and resources. 

Our therapists provide weekly individual, family and group therapy. The Pine House is open all day for brunch, dinner and appointments 6 days a week. The Hay Loft is open M-F for appointments, groups, therapy, recreation, art therapy, and family and referral professional visits. Scheduled member apartment consults and (clandestine) job site visits are done regularly by program coordinators. 

Becoming “one of us”

We’ve learned that the most successful member has experienced or demonstrates some or most of the following:

  • Is an emerging adult between 18-30 years old. Most members are between 19 and 24.
  • Is managing mild to moderate anxiety, depression and/or executive functioning challenges.
  • Is not a substance abuser and if deemed appropriate is willing to work from a harm reduction model.
  • Has likely lived away from home, at college or in an apartment, but was not able to manage all of the responsibility and has some insight into what support they need.
  • Is compliant and stable on medication and mostly manages them independently. 
  • Is both tolerant and kind.
  • Is willing and able to engage socially, longs for friendship and is open to coaching from our staff.
  • Can get out of bed and mostly keep appointments. 
  • Has a recommendation from their referral source or a current therapist that they are ready to pursue some form of independent living.
  • Can navigate public transportation or manage their own car.
  • Is willing to commit to a 9-12 month stay in Portland. 

Everyone has their own schedule

Our members are busy living independently and working on the goals they have established with their therapist so we don’t have a traditionally structured schedule as you would find in a “program”. From breakfast until after dinner the Pine House has a steady flow of activity as members come by for appointments, groups, meal prep, meals and drop-ins. Each member schedules weekly individual appointments at the Pine House with their therapist, the program director and program coordinators. Additionally, we have multiple group sessions throughout the week on budgeting, nutrition, mindfulness, social millennial, cooking, study groups and vocational coaching. Every Friday night the group goes out to dinner in Portland at a place they have selected. Each Saturday brings scheduled social activities and apartment consultations. Some favorite activities have included windjammer sailing, beach trips, country fairs, biking, hiking, rock and wall climbing, Broadway plays, 5K’s, museum trips, and shopping… 

Each Thursday our expressive arts therapy intern, Bailey Knox conducts workshops for members and staff. See the schedule here. Workshops OT 2


What happens when a member is successful and no longer needs the Pine House?

Onward Transition Neighbors service is offered to qualified Pine House members as they transition beyond full-service membership at the Pine House and advance towards complete autonomy. Having established residency in Portland, Maine and successfully engaged in school, community and/or work, members no longer need the full clinical and coaching services, meals and drop-in advantages of the Pine House. With Neighbors, members are able to step away, while still benefiting from a diminishing degree of continued support with Pine House community members and staff.

Read a parent testimonial here

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Please call Tracy at 207-712-1181 to learn more.



Onward Transitions is a NATSAP  Young Adult Associate Program. 

Clinical Director/Founder
Darrell Fraize, M.Ed., LCPC, LADC
Please feel free to contact Darrell with any questions at darrell@onwardtransitions.com