Welcome to the Kiva Centers
Kiva Centers are peer-led and trauma-informed communities that offer training, technical assistance, and networking opportunities statewide across Massachusetts. The Kiva Centers are your connection to the MA CPS Training, Massachusetts United for Connection and Healing (MUCH), the Central Mass Recovery Learning Community (CMRLC), the Zia Young Adult Access Center and more. The Kiva Centers’ focus is the development, promotion, and delivery 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” 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 over 100 cities and towns throughout Massachusetts and operates four main support centers: Kiva Center – Worcester, Kiva Center – Southbridge, Kiva Center – Metrowest, and the Zia Young Adults Access Center which offers advocacy, peer support, and resource connections to young adults ages 16-22.