Amistad came to life in 1982, begun by families of adults with severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI). These families knew that what their loved ones really needed was something not provided by other agencies -- a safe place to spend their abundant free time where they would be treated respectfully and where they could engage in useful activities.
Amistad has grown over the years, however we remain committed to the original vision. We are a community where everyone is always welcome on a first name basis without regard to diagnosis and where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. We do the little things -- remember birthdays, celebrate accomplishments, take pictures, and memorialize members when they pass.
We became a recognized 501(c)(3) corporation in 1996. Originally known as a social club, in 2001 the members voted to describe themselves as a Peer Support and Recovery Center. This name change reflects the awareness that Amistad has grown into a community of people committed to health, mutual support and recovery.
In the past few years Amistad has become a leader in developing services that are organized and delivered by peers. We now operate three individual programs -- the original Peer Support and Recovery Center in Portland, we have expanded to include a Peer Support program in the Emergency Room at Maine Medical Center, and established a Peer Support Program inside Riverview Psychiatric Center.
We are building a new professional board of directors and are looking to find candidates with fundraising or legal expertise in particular, though all candidates with a passion for Amistad’s mission and demonstrated leadership experience are encouraged to apply. While personal experience with mental illness is not a requirement, special consideration will be given to applicants who identify as consumers or who are family members of a consumer.
Our board meets monthly and terms are for three-years. We seek an active and engaged group of directors who are supportive of our progressive peer-based model, have a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and building consensus among diverse individuals, and are willing to help with fundraising.
If you are interested please go to the following website for more details: http://amistadboard.weebly.com