Our members are engaged in the community.

  • Living in and maintaining their own, individual apartments, all over the city
  • Going to college part or full-time
  • Taking continuing education workshops in the arts and personal finance
  • Training to become a pilates instructor
  • Taking advantage of the offerings at our social hub, the Pine House which borders the University of Southern Maine, and our office on Exchange St. in the Old Port
  • Working part or full time. Some examples for members past and present include; working at a marina, an Apple Genius, mussel farming, coffee shop barista-ing, substitute teaching at a charter school, French tutoring, IT, restaurant serving/hosting, wedding catering, dishwashing, prep cooking, retail sales, food delivery driving, hospitality front desk, day laboring and “Save the Bees” canvasing)
  • Writing, performing and recording music
  • Volunteering (Boys and Girls Club, community arts playground projects for girls, immigration events at local schools, Preble Street Resource Center, Catholic Charities of Maine)
  • Hosting dinner parties at their own apartment as part of their unique nutrition program
  • Exercising (studying acrobatics with Circus Maine, local gyms, Pilates, urban trails, cross-fit, 5K’s, skating, biking and lots of walking)
  • Enjoying the beach, concerts, Portland Trails, local lobster shacks and the MANY coffee shops.
  • Celebrating the holidays- sharing traditions, and rituals, and making new ones
  • Baking, grilling, braising, sautéing, and sharing incredible, locally sourced, wholesome and diverse meals served at the Pine House 6-days a week.
  • Traveling by bus, train, plane, and their own cars to visit family and friends for weekends and holidays
  • Participating in Equality Maine and Pride events
  • Organizing social events, excursions and meeting with members past and present outside of the Pine House and OT programming.
  • Enjoying museum memberships to Portland Museum of Art, International Cryptozoology Museum, First Friday Art Walks,
  • Planning the ever popular “Friday Night Out” with staff each week at a restaurant of their choice.
  • Performing live stand-up comedy and music at open-mic venues

Why they chose us?

  • After having difficulty finding success in a college environment
  • While living with their parents after trying to live on their own
  • While struggling to begin career exploration
  • As part of a gap year experience
  • After having trouble finding a fulfilling social network
  • After successfully completing wilderness or residential treatment