Cornerstones residences are located along the Southern Maine coast. Although the homes have the same independence model, our Portland homes are optimized for residents who can start the program with less structure and a greater degree of independence. Whether a resident starts in either Biddeford or Portland is dependent on a determination made by the admissions team in collaboration with the applicant, their family, and the other professionals involved in the application.
The program in each of the houses is fundamentally the same, with residents taking part in the process of educational reintegration through classes at local universities and/or employment through local businesses. Our staff in each house is on hand to provide the scaffolding and clinical and mentoring support needed to enable success in these environments and to address the obstacles that have interfered with success in the past. Additionally, they have numerous programmatic activities scheduled over the course of the week, such as yoga, volunteering, process groups, mindfulness groups, art classes, and health and wellness groups. This provides a foundational experience as it begins to build the executive functioning and the daily living skills that residents need to manage their schedules, become goal oriented, and develop healthy habits and lifestyles.
We are excited to announce the addition of The Shaw House Residence located in Biddeford, Maine!
Biddeford, which borders the town of Kennebunkport, has become a thriving new destination not only for tourism, but for young adults to live and pursue their lives. The Shaw House is named after Charles Shaw who was known as a Renaissance man. He supported the arts, founded and operated successful businesses, and was an inventor. He and his family settled in Biddeford and built this home at the turn of the century. Since then it’s been added onto and boasts 12,000 square feet of living space. The property is just under four acres and includes a cottage house/barn, large garage, and parking for many.
Our West End residence is a spacious and beautiful home located in the heart of Portland. Although structured and staffed the same as The Shaw House, the West End house provides more opportunities for independence given a resident's ability to easily access the city around them.
Our Deering Oaks residence follows a different beat than our other houses and is structured to provide our residents with more freedom and independence. Like the West End house, it is situated in the heart of Portland, but unlike the West End house, our staff do not supervise the residents in the home. This makes Deering Oaks a great step down for our residents who want to give independent living a trial run while they remain in our program.