Kiva Centers

Peer-led  | Trauma-Informed  |  Recovery-Based

Kiva Centers partners with the State of Massachusetts and community agencies to offer training, peer support, advocacy, and policy change to support individuals with their self-healing process related to trauma, mental health diagnosis, and substance use experiences.

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Messages from Our Executive Director

In these unprecedented times, we are working diligently to develop innovative solutions to support you in achieving and maintaining wellness.

For messages surrounding recent events affecting our communities, please click here.

Stay safe. Stay home. Stay Kind.

 Sincerely,

Brenda Vezina, Executive Director, Kiva Centers

Kiva Centers’ Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic:
Announcements & Events:
To all community members and stakeholders:

Due to the Governor’s State of Emergency, all of our centers will be closed until further notice.


Kiva Centers

What We do

Kiva Centers are committed to advancing the self-healing and wellness of individuals impacted by trauma, mental health diagnosis, and substance use experiences.

Our approach:

  • Training
  • Peer-Led, Person-Centered Support
  • Trauma-Informed
  • Recovery-Oriented
  • Lived Experiences
  • Advocacy & Change Initiatives

How we do it

We believe in every individual’s right to reclaim and determine for themselves what self-healing from trauma, mental health diagnosis, and substance use experiences is like for them. We support individuals in achieving their wellness goals through:

Relationships

We believe relationships are at the center of what heals people with emotional or mental health experiences. We view each person as an “individual” not a diagnosis. We are united in our humanity, our shared experiences, and our goals for healing.

Mutual Support and Transparency

Mutual support and transparency are vital components to the healing process. We are united in our unique understanding of the issues and challenges we face as we have all faced them.

Shared Stories and Wisdom

As individuals, we seek not only to understand, but to be understood. It is only when we feel we are understood that our healing begins.

Our shared stories of lived experiences and wisdom help create strong relationships and bonds with those on their journey to emotional and mental health.

Peer Support Training

Kiva Centers offer a wide range of peer-run, trauma-informed trainings and supports. Our mission is to offer trauma-informed public health resources to our communities throughout Massachusetts.

Advocacy and Systems Change

Kiva Center’s coalition of diverse stakeholders is committed to advancing and strengthening peer support programs and initiatives throughout the Commonwealth.

Our focus

Our people are the heart of our organization. Kiva’s staff is 100% comprised of people with lived experiences that informs our work across networks of behavioral health, healthcare systems, government entities, and community-based programs.

TRAINING
ADVOCACY
PEER SUPPORT
SPECIAL EVENTS & WORKSHOPS

Central MA Peer Support Areas

Our Service Areas Reach Across 106 Cities and Towns in and Around Central Massachusetts

Meetings and groups are available in many areas throughout the Commonwealth and are not restricted to the area in which you live.

Kiva Centers Service Areass

Upcoming Events

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have suspended all live events until further notice. Please check our phone and online support page for upcoming meetings you can join.

PHONE/ONLINE
WORCESTER
METROWEST
S COUNTY
N CENTRAL
CANTON AREA
YOUNG ADULTS

How to get involved

  • PEER SUPPORT
  • CPS TRAINING
  • Donate
Individualized, person-centered peer support is at the center of our offerings. There are many ways for you to get involved in peer support groups throughout the Commonwealth. Please visit our peer support meetings page for a listing of  upcoming meetings and events in your area.
Kiva Center conducts several Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) Training events each year. This rigorous training is designed for people with both knowledge and experience of peer support and lived experience to share with those seeking recovery. Upon successfully completing the training course, students are eligible to take a written exam for the CPS Certificate. Click here to learn more.
Please consider a donation of any size to support our fellow citizens of the Commonwealth in their journey to recovery and wellness. For ways to donate, please click here.
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Kiva Centers is proud to support individuals and communities in Central Massachusetts

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