Community Outreach Center [ORC] – Adult Program

What is the ORC Adult Program?

Located in the heart of Appleton, WI, the Community Outreach Center (ORC) is in walking distance from the transit center. The ORC is a drop-in mental health community center for individuals with a mental health and/or substance use diagnosis. Our adult program is open to community members who are 18 years of age and older. Inspired by the successes of strength-based and participant-driven services that increase the participatory roles of people with mental illness in society, the ORC offers numerous peer-led programs and activities to support its members’ needs and interests.

Mission Statement:

The ORC’s mission is to provide a safe, supportive environment for adults involved in the mental health recovery process, offering opportunities for: Connection, Community Engagement, Skill Development, and Self-Directed Growth through shared experiences.

Services Offered:

  • Daily check-ins and topical discussion
  • Advocacy
  • Skill Development through interactive activities
  • Wellness Management Techniques through interactive activities
  • Community Outings
    • Focus on learning from, being active, giving back, and being social in the community
  • Social Engagement
  • Crisis Prevention Planning
  • 2 Group Activities Daily
  • One-to-One Support/Coaching when needed




  • Social Support Networks
  • Social Engagement
  • Community Engagement
  • Independent Living Skills
  • Coping Strategies
  • Improved Quality of Life
  • Whole Health


  • Isolation
  • Psychiatric Symptoms
  • Hospitalization
  • Overall Costs for Mental Health Services

Member Information:

  • Free Services 
  • Available to anyone with a formal mental health and/or substance use diagnosis 
  • Intake process that will include needed paperwork, tour of facility, explanation of services 
  • Hours of Operation: 
    • Monday/Thursday from 10am to 5pm 
    • Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday from 12pm to 5pm 
    • One Saturday a month (as displayed on monthly calendar) from 11am to 4pm



Community Collaborations

Outagamie County Health and Human Services, Calumet County Health and Human Services, United Way, Community Foundation


Contact Information

Address: 322 N. Appleton St. Appleton, WI 54911

Phone: (920) 749-5867