Our social programs are created by and for members.
FolkTime offers an opportunity for independent adults with mental health experiences to come together and create a supportive and safe atmosphere for each other. Participants in our programs have created a community where it’s safe to talk about their daily challenges, practice social skills, nurture community, refrain from isolation, and find the support they need. As a peer-run social program, our model does not include traditional caregiving roles. Our employees create a safe environment and coordinate the logistics of the programs, but do not provide caregiving services such as medication management or mobility assistance. Members create and provide their own monthly calendar with different activities and events at all three of our locations in the Portland Metro area.
COVID-19 Update for Social Programs
& Bliss Garden Announcement
May 18th, 2022 – Our social programs are all fully open and in-person at our NE Portland, Oregon City, Canby, and Sandy locations. We continue to promote safety by encouraging mask wearing and COVID-19 vaccination.
Free To Be Me’s Bliss Garden is also starting to grow and we have a fun season ahead with community events and work parties. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved!
Virtual & In-Person Social Programs
In response to COVID-19, we are providing participants with Virtual Social Program Groups through Zoom. These groups are provided alongside In-Person groups (scroll down for hours of operation). Anyone is free to join our Zoom groups.
Each program’s participants gather to share once a month what peer-run activities they would like to do together the following month. For virtual groups, FolkTime mails participants packets with all materials needed to participate.
If you are unfamiliar with Zoom, or don’t know how to use it, or don’t even know where to find it, you can contact us at the email below. We always welcome feedback and ideas that participants would like to see on our social programs calendar. If you would like to contribute to building the calendar, please email email@example.com
The garden serves as a space for people in mental health and substance use recovery to get their hands dirty, and participate with peers in other activities, such as art and writing.
Location: 4837 NE Couch Street Portland, OR 97213
Contact: Social Programs Manager, TaMara Edens, firstname.lastname@example.org
We are seeking community sponsors to help support the operations and materials for Bliss Garden activities for Spring 2022. Contact FolkTime Development at email@example.com if interested.
Who is Eligible?
Social Program Members are asked to:
- Be 18 years or older.
- Self-identify as having lived experience with mental health and/or substance abuse challenges.
- Be actively seeking and embodying recovery to a point where they feel comfortable and safe participating in group activities.
- Be independent in their personal care and daily living need. Care-giving services are not provided at the FolkTime Social Programs. These types of services would include: bathroom support, mobility support, support during meals, medication management, transportation, etc.
If you have any questions or concerns about member guidelines, or about our social programs in general, please contact us at the Social Programs via firstname.lastname@example.org
In order to provide a safe and supportive community, we accept members who have:
FolkTime's Social Programs are judgement free and value diversity.
There is no cost for membership though members are asked to donate $1 for lunch, when able.
We operate with volunteers and through your donations.
Social program members gather to participate in a variety of activities, including craft projects, guest speakers, games, and discussions on topics of interest.
Once a week members venture out to local parks, museums, and gardens, or participate in community events.
Sharing a Meal
Our hot lunches are prepared on site and shared together. Donations from our community partners help to create our meal selections.
Members are the primary leaders of all the activities offered at our social programs, which provides a training ground for leadership within the mental health peer community.
Our Social Program Locations
Free To Be Me
- 75% of our members reduced their use of mental health services
- 73% reported reducing
- reducing need of hospital
- 57% reporting using the Emergency Department less
- 45% reporting less involvement with Police
- 95% of the members surveyed felt they had built friendships through Folktime
- 93% of participants felt that Folktime helped them get nutritious meals that were otherwise difficult to attain.
Hours of operation:
Mon, Wed, Thurs 10:00am-2pm
Community Church of Christ (unaffiliated)
4837 NE Couch Street
Portland, OR 97213
Hours of operation:
Mon, Tues, Thurs 10:00am-2:00pm
Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Willamette Falls (unaffiliated)
710 6th Street, Oregon City, OR 97045