Welcome to the Kiva Centers

Kiva Centers is a nationally recognized peer-run and trauma-informed organization that offers training, technical assistance, and networking opportunities statewide across Massachusetts. The Kiva Centers are your connection to the MA CPS Training, the Massachusetts Statewide Peer Network, Karaya and Juniper Peer Respites, the Central Mass Recovery Learning Community (CMRLC), and more. The Kiva Centers’ focus is the development and promotion of healing communities for people experiencing different social class impacts like trauma, mental health, and substance use.


We offer trainings and materials to develop trauma-informed and peer-led supports for the Commonwealth.


We develop, promote, and run a variety of peer-led supports that validate individuals’ emotions, identities, and facilitate a self-healing process.


We prioritize personal autonomy and self-advocacy. We offer trainings and platforms for people to advocate with each other for the causes they care about.

Kiva Center

About Kiva

“Kiva” is an indigenous term from the Natives of the Southwest such as the Hopi and Pueblo that represents enlightenment through mutual support and going deep down within yourself then to reemerge healing yourself. The feather, because of its connection to birds, is a symbol signifying freedom in both a physical and spiritual sense, as well as an ascension to a higher plane. At Kiva Centers, it is our belief that relationships with people who have undergone similar experiences are at the center of what heals people. It is through these mutual shared experiences that individuals can achieve acceptance and understanding– leading to healing and freedom from impacts like trauma, mental health, and substance use.

Kiva Centers is proud to support the entire Commonwealth of Massachusetts and operates three main support spaces: The Kiva Center in Worcester and Southbridge and Karaya Peer Respite which offers mobile peer respite services across the state and on-site in Central Massachusetts in a 6-bedroom home offering 24/7 support to people experiencing emotional distress.


Watch Our Video on The Central Mass RLC 

An Invitation to Embrace Self-Directed Healing in a Peer-Run Community

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