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The Dorm 2023 Outcomes & Impact Report

The Dorm 2023 Outcomes
& Impact Report


Impact of Social Connection & Community on Young Adults

At The Dorm, opportunities for community connection and social skill-building are immersive and intentional.


rejection by peers

Over the course of programming, clients report that they are much less rejected by
peers. This change is marked by increased socialization with others, feeling that they
have people to lean on and that others care for their well-being.


32% Less Rejection by Peers


personal self-efficacy

Shown in research to be a critical protective factor in recovery, self-efficacy
is the confidence individuals have in their skills to control behavior and
remain motivated in the pursuit of their goals.

24% Improved Self-Efficacy

As a result, clients in treatment with us:

  • Have greater belief in themselves

  • Have confidence in their own ability to problem solve, control their own behaviors/choices

  • Are better able to stick to and remain motivated in the pursuit and accomplishment of goals

Our Clubhouse is a safe place where young adults are given the opportunity to practice and engage in the activities of daily living, and socialize through shared meals, planned activities, special events, and volunteering. Every day, we see our clients begin to flourish as they are encouraged to explore their strengths and passions, practice their skills, and socialize with others: skills that they take to apply in the real world.

Valerie Donaldson

Valerie Donaldson, MS, CASAC

Senior Clinical Community Manager

Case Examples

For five clients, Andy, Devon, Rio, Ellis and Frankie, our supportive peer-based
community played an instrumental role, promoting positive accountability,
emotional enrichment and a sense of belonging.



Andy formed healthy accountability through friendship and camaraderie.

  • He would frequently walk to The Dorm with his peers, chat between sessions in the Clubhouse and participate in daily activities such as grocery shopping and building furniture

  • He was actively engaged in discussions during group therapy sessions

  • At discharge, he had begun to sustain a broader social circle that brought friends together from The Dorm and school

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Devon’s self-esteem grew in tandem with her engagement in our social community.

  • Throughout, she made efforts to create friendships and build a group of core friends

  • Devon enjoyed participating in our community events including social group and game nights

  • At discharge she had began to identify as not only a student or employee, but as an independent adult

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Rio built meaningful connections with peers through shared passions and interests.

  • He was frequently found watching sport games in the Clubhouse with clients that shared his interests

  • His sense of self-confidence grew as he fostered sturdy relationships with others in all spheres of life

  • By discharge he had developed real and reliable friendships

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Frankie found healing and support through peer fellowship and community belonging.

  • She felt her social life provided a welcome mental break from intensive psychotherapy

  • She was positively influenced by other clients who were motivated to get better

  • With time and practice, she was able to regularly socialize, from enjoying meals with her peers to volunteer days with friends at her local dog shelter

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Ellis thrived alongside like-minded peers within our affirming community environment.

  • They were very vocal in contributing to discussion in Gender & Identity Group and brought peers together to attend Narcotics Anonymous, becoming a leader in camaraderie and accountability

  • They enjoyed hosting debates as part of The Dorm U, and joining evening social clubs

  • They developed real friendships that lasted beyond treatment

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