Founded in 1985, FolkTime was a unique program that was brought to life by Joann Seeger with the Community of Christ Church in northeast Portland and a grant from the Presbyterian Woman’s Association. The dream was to provide a space where adults living with mental health issues could socialize and give each other support. Over 30 years later FolkTime still embodies those simple principles.
Those early gatherings turned into the FolkTime’s oldest social program, Free to Be Me. Our programs now include other social programs, some clinical programs, and encompass two counties in Oregon. We provide in house peer support for clinics and hospitals as well as bridging peer support for those exploring recovery in the community.
FolkTime is the epicenter for training in Oregon for Intentional Peer Support Certification. Peer support is a quickly growing movement empowering people with lived experience to share their stories in support of others who are going through similar experiences.
By promoting a recovery-oriented support system that focuses on hope, choice, and connection FolkTime provides training, support, and advocacy for the most vulnerable in our communities.
What is RECOVERY?
What is peer support?
Peer support can:
What is a peer support specialist?
Peer support specialists offer nonjudgmental support and validation by sharing personal experiences and skills. They offer genuine empathy having traveled similar roads of trauma, distress, or discomfort. They are able to assist individuals as advocates and supports in the community.