What is it? 

A safe and welcoming community for adults who struggle with mental illness and other life challenges. Open since 1982, we have grown into Maine’s largest peer community.

Where is it and when is it open? 

We are located at 66 State Street in the West End of Portland. We are currently open 6 days a week (closed Sunday) from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

What goes on at the Peer Center? 

The Peer Center offers a range of groups and activities. Highlights include a full service restaurant for lunch (the blue plate special for $2 is the best deal in Portland), computer access, lockers, a shower, laundry, phone availability and an anonymous mailing address. Our 13-passenger van is a regular visitor to free and low cost opportunities in the greater Portland area. Members make friends here.

What else do we provide? 

We have an outreach coordinator who helps connect members with other services and a representative payee service.

Do you use volunteers? 

Absolutely! Many of our members are eager to give back to the community. They help staff the kitchen, answer phones and help with maintenance.

How do I join? 

Just come in. A volunteer member of our welcoming committee will meet with you and give you a tour and a gift certificate for a free lunch. Folks can join on a first name basis if they wish. Any last thoughts? Amistad is a lively, welcoming and fun community. We have a rock solid belief in the possibility of recovery, and we put that belief into action every day.


Gail Sawyer-Gay
Program Manager
PO Box 992 Portland, Maine 04104
(207) 773-1956 ext. 111