Arch Street Center’s continuing mission is to support the recovery of adults living with serious mental illness by providing social, moral and material support, recreational and hygiene facilities and fresh, nutritious meals in a safe, nurturing environment. We currently have around 300 members and serve approximately 45 individuals daily, or nearly 16,500 meals annually. Although there are other places in the city to find a meal there is only one place to find integrated services all year long.
Arch Street Center operates as a membership-based, voluntary drop-in program. We have no mandatory requirements for attendance and program participation but instead gently encourage members to participate to the extent they feel most comfortable. As new members forge connections with other members and staff they gradually expand their participation until Arch Street Center becomes a positive and empowering part of their daily routine.
Peer support is at the core of mental health recovery principals. Arch Street Center provides a safe, judgment-free environment where members can feel safe expressing themselves, make and foster friendships and discuss their daily challenges, hopes and dreams. The members themselves become their own social support network, often filling a painful void left by family connections previously lost. Members at risk for social withdrawal, discrimination, employment limitations, homelessness and financial instability can find solace, encouragement, friendship, moral and material support through the connections they make at Arch Street Center.