Shore House, modeled after Fountain House, NYC, is a local community resource where people who participate are known as “members.” Membership is open to adult Monmouth County residents living with a serious and persistent mental illness. Shore House is not a treatment program or mental health service, but rather it is a community that builds recovery through work, education and socialization. At Shore House, members find structured opportunities to access housing or health care, and to return to school or employment. Shore House recognizes that members arrive at various points in their lives and recovery. One member may come to Shore House every day and be involved in many activities, while another may come and get help with employment. Each member determines his or her own level of participation.