Pharos House is a nonprofit halfway house designed to assist citizens from Maine who have been convicted of federal offenses. Pharos House has been operating in Portland, Maine for over 40 years, providing a safe environment for individuals to complete the last 6-9 months of their sentence. The number one goal at the house is safety and security for both the residents and the community. All of our residents are referred to us by the Federal Bureau of Prisons or U.S. Probation. The program can accommodate up to 20 males and females providing residents with safe housing and good food as well as guidance and support as they move forward.
Pharos House residents are encouraged to: seek and maintain full-time employment, learn financial responsibility, and re-establish family and community ties. Residents are closely supervised through monitoring and a structured program of activities which include job searches, substance abuse treatment, counseling and interactive group sessions. Residents are required to pay 25% of gross earnings toward subsistence, sign in and out for approved locations, attend substance abuse counseling sessions, and submit to random drug and alcohol testing. They may also participate in mental health counseling and job readiness programs. In addition, there are on- going opportunities to learn and practice new living skills, volunteer in the community, and become reacquainted with today’s society.
Case managers work with all residents in reducing the barriers to successful reentry.
The staff at Pharos House work together as a team dedicated to operating a safe house and reduce recidivism in the community by increasing the success rates for individuals reentering the community from prison.