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” 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-Run Respite which offers mobile peer-run 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.