"… People helping people …"
We are a community where everyone is always welcome on a first-name basis without regard to diagnosis and where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.
"As peer support in mental health proliferates, we must be mindful of our intention: social change. It is not simply about developing more effective services, but about creating dialogues that have influence on all of our understandings, conversations and relationships."
Shery Mead, Founder of Intentional Peer Support
Amistad has been the leader of peer services in Maine since our inception over 30 years ago. Our intention over the years- to connect with folks using compassionate inquiry and build healthy relationshsips- has led to innovative peer-led programming that improves health outcomes, focuses on acceptance and relationship building, and built a strong workforce of people in recovery. We have not only infiltrated the system, we have become an integral part of its recovery process.
Mark "The Shark" Perry, Peer Outreach Worker (POW) Peer Support
Even when all else fails (and for most of us it has), trying to relax and do the "next right thing" can be difficult. Simple is best. We meet people where they are at and build relationships where folks feel heard, empowered and accepted for who they are. Then recovery is possible.
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"Many holiday shoppers hit Portland's streets to get gifts Saturday. At dozens of stores, some of the money customers spent went to Amistad, a non-profit recovery center in Portland for people struggling with drug use. ...
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