Shore House is a Red Bank based working community of people diagnosed with mental illness which provides a platform for them to contribute their talents and abilities. Support includes assistance with education, employment, housing and other areas necessary to help participants realize their dreams and to successfully reintegrate into the community. Shore House was founded on the philosophy that people living with psychiatric illnesses can and do recover.
The working community is a partnership between the participants, whom are regarded as members, and the staff. The work is performed by both members and staff with the purpose of enhancing the community, increasing personal fulfillment and reducing the sense of isolation. The wide range of voluntary and employment opportunities prove to be restorative and set the groundwork for substantial growth in confidence and the realization of self worth.
Shore House is unique in the mental health community because it does not focus on service delivery. The members’ input and participation are essential to the work that supports program operations. They believe that all members, without differentiation based on level of functionality, have valuable contributions to offer. The focus is not on the treatment of the illness, but rather on assisting members to become vocationally and socially fulfilled, in spite of their illness.
There are no clinical services offered within our organization. Shore House refers members to psychiatric, medical, housing, and other community resources as necessary.