Welcome to the Kiva Centers

Kiva Centers is a nationally recognized indigenous-led, peer-run, and trauma-informed organization that offers training, technical assistance, and networking opportunities. The Kiva Centers are your connection to the Massachusetts Certified Peer Specialist Training, the Massachusetts Statewide Peer Network, Karaya, Juniper, and La Paz Peer-Run Respites, the 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-run supports for the Commonwealth.


We develop, promote, and run a variety of peer-run supports that validate individuals’ emotions, and 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.

Are you having a hard time and looking for someone to talk to?

The Kiva Centers Peer-Run Support Line is here for you! Available Monday through Friday from 8:00pm to 12:00am Eastern Standard Time, our phone line is staffed by trained peer support specialists who have personal experience with mental health challenges. Whether you need someone to listen, offer guidance, or just provide a friendly voice, our team is here to support you. You don’t have to go through this alone – call the Kiva Centers Peer-Run Support Line today.

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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 five main support spaces: The Kiva Center in Worcester, Kiva Southbridge (RCC), Karaya Peer-Run Respite, Juniper Peer-Run Respite, and La Paz Peer-Run Respite which offer mobile peer-run respite services across the state and on-site in Central Massachusetts 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