" We have a rock solid belief in the possibility of recovery, and we put that belief into action every day.

Peer Support and Recovery Center

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. The Peer Center is a low barrier, recovery-focused place that is truly a community within a community. We offer a range of groups, activities, and supports. We also provide a hot delicious lunch served five days a week at our Driscoll's Diner. We serve over a thousand meals to area residents each month, and that number is steadily growing.

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. Amistad is a lively, welcoming and fun community.

Our Services

We believe that when people are given a fair chance to get back on their feet, they can make incredible progress. We provide supports vital to getting people back on their feet.


The diner at Amistad is open to the community for a free continental breakfast from 9:00-10:00 a.m, and for a free hot lunch from 11:30-1:00, Monday through Friday. All are welcome. We also always welcome volunteers, donations and any support to help us run this vital resource for a community that struggles with food insecurity.

Mailing Address

The offer center offers you an anonymous mailing address.


We offer computer access, lockers, a shower, laundry, and phone availability.


Our 13-passenger van is a regular visitor to free and low cost opportunities in the greater Portland area.

Peer Support Specialists

Our staff of peer support specialists are trained as peer navigators, eager to help members of our Peer Center connect to needed resources and employment.


People at Amistad make meaningful friendships. Amistad has a welcoming community feel.

We are located in Portland's West End.

66 State Street

Portland, ME

Welcome to the Club

The Peer Support and Recovery Center is many things to many people. To many of our longer-term friends, the place is still referred to as “the Club,” due to its roots as a Social Club model. This is also why those who join our community are referred to as Members. A member of the Peer Support and Recovery Center not only has access to all of the perks above, but can also choose to contribute their energy and skill to one or more of the many volunteer opportunities that the Peer Center presents. We have a clerical committee, a welcoming committee, an outreach committee, a fundraising committee, and a personnel committee—all comprised of volunteer members. Our program is truly run by those it serves.

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.

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