The paper describes the results of an evaluation designed to determine the effectiveness of the social recreation component of a community-based mental health program. The program is for individuals with serious mental health problems, with a particular focus on those who perceive deficiencies in their social relationships. Findings showed that the individuals who participated in the program, in varying frequency, reported significant improvements in their self-ratings of loneliness, self-esteem, social functioning, satisfaction with social relations and leisure activities, as well as general life satisfaction. The association between particular program- or client-related factors and the outcome variables were examined to provide insights into why people changed. The merits and limitations of the evaluation methodology are discussed.