Social Programs

Our social programs are created by and for members.

In a monthly community meeting, members decide on activities for the coming month. Socializing with others helps people with mental health diagnoses prevent relapse and have a higher level of life satisfaction.

Peer Run

FolkTime offers an opportunity for independent adults living with a mental health diagnosis 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, learn 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

November 24, 2020 – All FolkTime Social Program locations continue to be closed due to the Extreme Risk category we find ourselves in during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as for the ongoing safety of our members, our staff, and the greater community. Like all of you, we hope to be back together, in person, soon – we love our community and we really miss your faces! Below we have provided information specific to each location during COVID-19 as well as information about our Virtual Groups and our monthly calendar of groups. Please check back frequently to find updated information about upcoming community-based activities, new protocols, and other required documents.

Virtual Groups

We are proud to announce a series of Virtual Groups brought to you on the Zoom platform! These groups are reflected in our calendar, downloadable here. You can also visit our calendar page (here) to access each group and its Zoom link.

If you are unfamiliar with Zoom, don’t know how to use it, or don’t even know where to find it, you can contact Amanda Maddalone at (503) 490-0349. We always welcome feedback and ideas that you would like to see on our social calendar. If you would like to contribute to building the social programs zoom calendar please email

Who is Eligible?

There is no referral needed for our social programs which are available to anyone looking for a community. Since these are drop-in programs, we ask that all people interested agree to five criteria.

Social Program Members are asked to:

  1. Self-identify as having lived experience with mental health challenges or substance use.
  2. Be 18 years or older.
  3. Be actively seeking and embodying recovery to a point where they feel comfortable and safe participating in group activities.
  4. Be independent in their personal care and daily living need. Care-giving services are not provided at the social programs, this includes: bathroom support, mobility support, support during meals, medication management, transportation, etc.
  5. Complete new member orientation.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Amanda Maddalone (503) 490-0349.

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.

Self Determination

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

Free To Be Me is our original social program, founded in 1986. It is located in Northeast Portland at the Community of Christ Church. Sadly, due to COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to keep Free To Be Me closed through the winter season.

By the numbers:
  • 75% of our members reduced their use of  mental health services
  • 73% reported reducing needing of the 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.

FolkTimes Social Centers are the only social programs in the tri-county area that are free and open to anyone over 18, regardless of health care system affiliation. If you would like to become a sponsor of this program, please contact us at

Hours of operation: Mon, Wed, Thurs 10:00am-2pm

Address: Community Church of Christ (unaffiliated)
4837 NE Couch Street Portland, OR 97213

Phone: Director of Social Programs, Amanda Maddalone: 503-490-0349

Oregon City

Our Oregon City Social Program has been in operation since 2008. It is located inside the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Willamette Falls, formerly known as the Atkinson

We would like to extend a special thank you to Clackamas County Mental Health for their sponsorship of our Clackamas County based programs. Without their support this program would not be possible.
Hours of operation: Mon, Tues, Thurs 10:00am-2:30pm
See our FolkTime calendar here.

Address: Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Willamette Falls (unaffiliated) 710 6th Street, Oregon City, OR 97045

Phone: Director of Social Programs, Amanda Maddalone, (503) 490-0349

Rural Outreach

Rural Outreach Social Program offers programs in Clackamas County. The Rural Outreach Program meets regularly one day a week at AntFarm Cafe in Sandy and also coordinates events in the community.
Hours of operation:
Tues 10:00am-1pm
Thurs 2pm to 5pm Crafts and Games at Sandy Senior Center
Fri hours and outings vary.  See our FolkTime Calendar here.

AntFarm Café
39140 Proctor Blvd,Sandy Oregon 97055

Sandy Senior Center
39250 Pioneer Blvd.Sandy, OR 97055

Phone: Director of Social Programs, Amanda Maddalone: 503-490-0349

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