Not everyone is ready for treatment services right away. At Comfort Zone, you can join a community of peers in a friendly, safe, nonjudgmental space. Our peer staff can help you navigate housing, create a resume or other job-seeking tools, connect to benefits, or just get your ID in order. Or you can simply join us for a daily nutritious meal and activities to build connection. Comfort Zone is staffed by highly compassionate peer support specialists who have experienced some measure of mental health challenges or trauma in their lives and can relate to you on a deeply personal level.
Going back to work can be tough. At NorthStar Clubhouse — an intentional community of people who have experienced mental health challenges — you can practice work skills or learn new skills as part of the team that runs the program. As a Clubhouse member, you’ll work alongside staff as you explore your talents and pursue your vocational goals. Multiple work units are available, each with multiple activities to choose from. The Clubhouse also gives you a safe place to practice trigger management and socializing in the workplace. When you’re ready, we work with you to find a job, volunteer, or go back to school.
Self-Directed Services (SDS) offers two peer-run programs that partner with you on your health and wellness goals: a one-year Wellness Program and a two-year Sustainable Housing Program. Our mission is to assist you in becoming more self-sufficient and offer hope through peer support. You’ll connect with us by relating and sharing honestly where you’re at as you work to achieve your goals. Through this connection, we’ll discuss how to learn and grow through the difficulties and challenges we all face. We’ll also explore options and strategies for creating the life you want, being well, and developing community. Your team will help determine if you qualify for either program.
Transitioning to the adult mental health system can be difficult for youth aging out of foster care and the youth mental health system. Ascending Flow helps ease that transition through mentorship and forms of self-expression such as hip-hop, rap, art, and multimedia education. Our program is built on values of social justice, peace, respect, self-worth, community, and having fun. We focus on building skills in photography, graphics and art, storytelling, and music production — or whatever form of artistic expression you may be interested in. Through this engagement, we cultivate a level of consciousness and empowerment by healing feelings of shame, insecurity, and low self-esteem. We build the bridge to trusting a new system that wants to support you in living the life you choose.
Ascending Flow’s peer mentors have lived experience with the foster care system, incarceration, and houselessness. This program is available only through a DHS-Child Welfare central referral.
For more information about New Narrative peer programs, please call (503) 726-3690.