Onward Transitions employs an autonomous model for emerging adults in the final stages of learning to live on their own by supporting actual, sustainable independent living and autonomy from two locations in Portland, Maine: the Pine House in a residential neighborhood, and an office on Exchange St in the heart of the Old Port. Participants (members) are between the ages of 18-30 and most are between 19-23. We help families locate apartments based on personal preferences and resources in the neighborhood of their choice in Portland, Maine.
Member challenges include mild to moderate anxiety, depression and/or executive functioning challenges. Most have tried to live independently, perhaps at college, but were not successful. Admission is highly selective and requires a commitment to practicing kindness and tolerance in the program and in the greater Portland community. Space is limited to 12 members.
Therapists provide weekly individual, family and group therapy. Multiple weekly group sessions include budgeting, nutrition, mindfulness, social interaction, cooking and studying.
Each member has their own schedule. Living independently, members are working on the goals they have established with their therapist. Breakfast through dinner the Pine House has a steady flow of activity as members come for therapy, appointments, groups, meal prep, 2 meals 6 days a week, and drop-ins. Friday night is dinner out with staff. Saturdays bring apartment consultations and special weekend activities. Public transportation is easily accessed from both the Pine House and the Office. About half of the members have their own car. Some have a cat.
Neighbors is offered to qualified Pine House members as they transition beyond full-service membership at the Pine House. 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. Onward Transitions Neighbors meet weekly with their therapist at our Exchange St. Office and engage with our Wellness and Program Director throughout the week. They are also invited to regularly scheduled activities with Pine House members.
Onward Transitions services are contracted quarterly with a minimum three month commitment. Most members are with us for 9-12 months. Onward Transitions and Neighbors are private pay and do not work with insurance companies.