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The mission of Karis Community is to provide a transitional community living opportunity for restoring basic life skills and improving the social well-being of individuals recovering from serious and persistent mental illness.
Karis is open to men and women 21 and older, who struggle with symptoms of severe and persistent mental illness, and could benefit from a transitional-living program.
Most of our applicants are referred by mental-health centers, hospitals, physicians, and therapists. Some applicants are referred by family and friends, and may call us directly. There are no geographical restrictions.
Karis is a non-clinical setting, meaning that we do not provide primary therapy. Our Community Members must be engaged in a clinical/therapy relationship, as many will require clinical assistance beyond their stay at Karis. This relationship provides the framework for interpersonal development and awareness about the implications of their mental illness. What makes Karis therapeutic, or healing, is that the community is comprised of individuals who have a shared purpose, a sense of identity as a group, commonality of experience (struggle with mental illness), and 5) commitment (helping each other, as well as themselves).