What Folktime offers at its social program locations:

– Companionship
– Outreach
– Education
– Homemade Lunch
– Fun Activities
– Acceptance of Individuality


The schedule of activities is determined by members at a monthly community meeting. Our hot lunches are prepared on site and shared together. FolkTime members gather to participate in a variety of activities, including craft projects, guest speakers, games, and discussions on current topics of interest. Once per week the members venture out to local parks, museums, and gardens, or participate in community events.


Members are the primary leaders of all the activities offered at FolkTime, which provides a training ground for leadership within the mental health peer community.


Participants have created a community where it’s safe to talk about their daily challenges, learn social skills, build community, refrain from isolation, and find the support they need. In a monthly community meeting, members decide on their activities and the food they want to prepare for their hot lunches. On the monthly calendars for all 3 social centers, there are activities to participate in, such as: creative writing, painting group, NAMI Peer-to-Peer classes, live guitar music, Bingo, chorus, etc. Members also go on Friday outings to explore new places in the community or frequent local theatres, zoos, parks, and bowling alleys.


FolkTime offers an opportunity for independent adults living with mental illness to come together and create a supportive and safe atmosphere for each other. As a peer-run social program, our model does not include traditional caregiving roles. Our program managers create a safe environment and coordinate the logistics of the programs, but do not provide caregiving services (ie. diet restrictions and mobility assistance).


 How Much does it cost?

There is no cost for membership in the FolkTime program.

Members are asked to donate $1 toward lunch if they are able. FolkTime’s financial support comes from many community sources, and reflects our ‘grassroots’ affiliations. We receive support from individuals, churches, civic groups, special fundraising events, and community grants.

We welcome and encourage your financial support of this worthwhile program.


NE Portland Social Program

The NE Portland location (aka Couch Street location) is the original social program, founded in 1986.


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


Hours of operation:
Mon, Wed, Thurs 10:00am-2:30pm


*Folktime will often take members to other locations on Fridays for our field trips,
so please check the Calendar NE 03-2015.


FolkTime’s Social Centers are the only social programs in the tri-county area that is 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 review the NE Portland Social Program Sponsorship information.


NE Portland Staff

Maria Gargano, Social Program Supervisor
Gloria Giddens, NE Portland Program Manager  (bio)
Jeni Aubrey, NE Portland Program Assistant
Stephanie Kantor, NE Portland Program Assistant
Larry Love, NE Portland Cook


Contact Folktime


Community of Christ

Portland Congregation

4837 NE Couch St.

Portland, Or 97220


(503) 238-9880



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