Education & Vocational Guidance

Study Hall in the Education Center

Addiction can disrupt both academic and occupational ambitions, leaving those in early recovery feeling uncertain about the future. Our goal at Foundation House is to re-establish residents’ aspirations and teach them that they cannot only achieve their goals, but exceed what they previously believed possible.

Foundation House provides educational and job support as part of its weekly programing schedule. Our approach adapts to each resident’s specific circumstances, from those who are working toward a high school diploma to those holding degrees in higher education. Our career counseling runs the gamut from developing resumes to helping find part-time jobs as a gradual re-entry into the work force.

Our residents and alumni have found success in a multitude of capacities in school and work, guided by a key principle – each resident has trusted the process of early recovery, stayed humble and started off slow. We believe it is imperative to build a foundation of recovery before any young man is able to achieve success in his academic or vocational career.

Academic Counseling

Academic Counseling

Foundation House offers two weekly tutoring/study hall group sessions facilitated by a master’s-level clinician. During these sessions each resident is assisted with individual course work as well as broader topics such as time management, study skills and research assistance. They are also able to proctor distance education in circumstances where residents have an opportunity to finish degrees or course work at their home school.

During these sessions we will help:


  • Plan, organize and prioritize upcoming coursework
  • Monitor and evaluate individual classes, including assignments and exams
  • Study for exams
  • Proofread papers
  • Facilitate and encourage the use of school tutoring and library resources
  • Research assistance
  • Goal-oriented seminars on study skills, test taking and time management

Vocational Counseling

Foundation House maintains a broad knowledge of employment markets in Portland and the surrounding area. Through our deep connections with local businesses we offer support to residents who are eager to begin working either part- or full-time. We help residents identify personal factors influencing their career development, and assess specific interests, abilities and values.

Local Schools and Universities

Foundation House is surrounded by an array of educational institutions. We help residents interested in continuing their education to choose the right school for their academic needs and goals. Many of these schools are mere blocks from our residences and attended by our continually growing family of alumni. They all offer a competitive education in a variety of curricula, as well as athletics and extracurricular activities. We support each resident navigating the educational experience for the first time using a peer-supported network that includes mentorship by our senior residents and alumni who attend these schools.

Here are some links to the most commonly attended schools in the area:

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