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WHAT IS PEER SUPPORT

“Peer Support” is a relationship between people with similar experiences.  It is a mutually valuable exchange of hope, encouragement, connection, understanding, information and/or support.  “I’ve felt something like this too” is one of the most validating and useful things a person can say or hear.

In the psychiatric survivor movement, “Self-Help” now known as Peer Support relationships are among people who have experienced  trauma and/or received mental health diagnoses. 

The Kiva Centers: Central Mass Recovery Learning Community (RLC) is pleased to offer a a variety of peer support meetings where groups can gather in a space to share their experiences and stories relating to their life.

Contact us today at (508) 751-9600 for more information about our programs.
NOTE: DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, LIVE EVENTS HAVE BEEN TEMPORARILY CANCELED.

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Meetings at Kiva Wellness Center Worcester

209 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester, MA 01604  (Bus 15)  – Phone: 508-751-9600  | Fax: 508-751-9601

In-Person Events (Weekdays) – canceled

MONDAYS

9:30-10:30 – Morning Jump Start – Peer Support
10:30-11:00– Music -One-on-One
11:00-12:00 – Coping with Anger
12:00 – 1:00 – Breaking Cycles
12:30-1:30 Zumba with Andrei 
1:30-2:00 Yoga with Lindsey

TUESDAYS

10:00-11:00 – Sharing & Caring Conversations

11:15 – Community Gathering

12:30-1:30 – Kiva Community Lunch

1:30-2:30 – Trauma-Informed Dual Diagnosis

2:30-3:30 – Guided Meditation

2:30-3:30 – Guitar 101

WEDNESDAYS

9:30-10:30 – Wellness Wednesday

10:45-11:45 – Peers of Color Support

12:00-8:00 – Zia Young Adult Access Hours

THURSDAYS

9:15-9:45 – Wake Up w/Yoga
10:00-11:00 – Living with Loss
11:15-12:15 – Alternatives to Suicide
12:30-1:30 – Voice Hearers and Alternative Realities
1:35-2:35 – Spirituality & Wellness
2:35-3:30 – Peer Support

FRIDAYS

12:30-1:30 – Sharing and Caring Conversations

1:45-3:15 – Recovery Through Art

2:00-3:00 – Apoyo entre campaneros

3:30-4:30 – Recovery Thru Rhythms 

4:30-6:00 – Kiva Karaoke Fiesta

Online/Phone  Events (Weekends)

SATURDAYS

English
7:30-7:30 PM – Peers Support Group – Call in 508-556-4226
Spanish
800-9:00 PM – Peers Support Group – Call in 508-556-4226

SUNDAYS

7:30-7:30 PM Meditation with Lindsey – Via Zoom

Meeting Descriptions (Alphabetical Listing)

Alternatives to Suicide: This group is a safe space where people with similar experiences get together to talk about all the alternatives we have surrounding the topic of suicide, in a non-clinical and non-judgmental space.

Autism Support Group: The autism support group provides the opportunity for individuals living on the autism spectrum as well as family and friends that are involved in the lives of
individuals with autism to all come together to share experiences with one
another.

Building the Life You Want: This support group takes a look at where you want to go/ goals/ dreams and then discuss what we can do to support that path. From making lists to learning communication skills to just believing in yourself. We can work together to create the life you want for yourself.

Coffee and Conversation: This is a support group to just sit and discuss anything you may need support with at the moment. A place to feel safe and be supported.

Community Gathering: The perfect time to come together as a community to discuss and make decisions as a community in the direction we take and groups we create.

Coping with Anger: This group is to support those with experience in anger either having anger issues or been victimized by it. Here you can come together with peers whom you can share and be supported with and by.

Creative Virtual Art with Ari or Elyse: A time to relax and bring out your artistic side. Learn different styles from cartooning to landscape. And enjoy conversation while supporting each other.

Feel the Music: This is a group where we pick inspirational songs, listen to them and discuss how they make us feel. Music can be a strong tool for mental health and coping with emotions. Here we can share how it supports us.

Hearing Voices and Alternate Realities: This support group is for those who hear voices and/or experience reality in different ways. We are a charter group created by the Western Ma RLC. We are non-judgmental and we are not mandated reporters. You are safe here to speak freely in an open and caring atmosphere and be supported in your experiences.

Intro to Writing with Sara: A space to Read, Write and Study various Writing Skills together.

Living with Loss: This group provides an opportunity to share and listen to experiences about loss. Together we can support one another with help and hope in the grieving process.

Meditation and Mindfulness: Spend some time relaxing with some meditation and mindfulness learning to breath and relax in a group setting.

Morning Meditation with Lindsey: A good way to start your day with some mindful meditation and relax with good company.

Peers Connect: This group is a chance to see where we as peers can find ways to connect and help support each other on our journey to health and wellness.

Peer Support for Peer Supporters: This is a group for Peer Support workers looking for a place to get support for themselves. At times this field of work can be stressful and feel heavy, here we can support each other in a safe space with other Peers who understand.

Peer Support for the Latin Community: This is a support group for our Latin Family to be able to support each other and be comfortable speaking in their native tongue.

Spirituality and Wellness: This is a group to explore how your Spirituality supports your Wellness and finding your balance in this.

The Power of Gratitude: This group focuses on how having a grateful outlook can strengthen your mental health and help you find gratitude in your everyday life.

The Power of Positivity: This group looks towards changing your perspective and looking at situations in a positive light. Support each other and working through things that could look negative but turned into a positive.

Yoga and Tai Chi with Lindsey: A great way to exercise and relax with community members.

Zumba with Andrei: An excellent way to exercise, build up your energy, dance and generally have fun while enjoying each other in the Kiva Community.

Alternatives to Suicide: This group is a safe space where people with similar experiences get together to talk about all the alternatives we have surrounding the topic of suicide, in a non-clinical and non-judgmental space.

Autism Support Group: The autism support group provides the opportunity for individuals living on the autism spectrum as well as family and friends that are involved in the lives of
individuals with autism to all come together to share experiences with one
another.

Building the Life You Want: This support group takes a look at where you want to go/ goals/ dreams and then discuss what we can do to support that path. From making lists to learning communication skills to just believing in yourself. We can work together to create the life you want for yourself.

Coffee and Conversation: This is a support group to just sit and discuss anything you may need support with at the moment. A place to feel safe and be supported.

Community Gathering: The perfect time to come together as a community to discuss and make decisions as a community in the direction we take and groups we create.

Coping with Anger: This group is to support those with experience in anger either having anger issues or been victimized by it. Here you can come together with peers whom you can share and be supported with and by.

Creative Virtual Art with Ari or Elyse: A time to relax and bring out your artistic side. Learn different styles from cartooning to landscape. And enjoy conversation while supporting each other.

Feel the Music: This is a group where we pick inspirational songs, listen to them and discuss how they make us feel. Music can be a strong tool for mental health and coping with emotions. Here we can share how it supports us.

Hearing Voices and Alternate Realities: This support group is for those who hear voices and/or experience reality in different ways. We are a charter group created by the Western Ma RLC. We are non-judgmental and we are not mandated reporters. You are safe here to speak freely in an open and caring atmosphere and be supported in your experiences.

Intro to Writing with Sara: A space to Read, Write and Study various Writing Skills together.

Living with Loss: This group provides an opportunity to share and listen to experiences about loss. Together we can support one another with help and hope in the grieving process.

Meditation and Mindfulness: Spend some time relaxing with some meditation and mindfulness learning to breath and relax in a group setting.

Morning Meditation with Lindsey: A good way to start your day with some mindful meditation and relax with good company.

Peers Connect: This group is a chance to see where we as peers can find ways to connect and help support each other on our journey to health and wellness.

Peer Support for Peer Supporters: This is a group for Peer Support workers looking for a place to get support for themselves. At times this field of work can be stressful and feel heavy, here we can support each other in a safe space with other Peers who understand.

Peer Support for the Latin Community: This is a support group for our Latin Family to be able to support each other and be comfortable speaking in their native tongue.

Spirituality and Wellness: This is a group to explore how your Spirituality supports your Wellness and finding your balance in this.

The Power of Gratitude: This group focuses on how having a grateful outlook can strengthen your mental health and help you find gratitude in your everyday life.

The Power of Positivity: This group looks towards changing your perspective and looking at situations in a positive light. Support each other and working through things that could look negative but turned into a positive.

Yoga and Tai Chi with Lindsey: A great way to exercise and relax with community members.

Zumba with Andrei: An excellent way to exercise, build up your energy, dance and generally have fun while enjoying each other in the Kiva Community.

Alternatives to Suicide: This group is a safe space where people with similar experiences get together to talk about all the alternatives we have surrounding the topic of suicide, in a non-clinical and non-judgmental space.

Autism Support Group: The autism support group provides the opportunity for individuals living on the autism spectrum as well as family and friends that are involved in the lives of
individuals with autism to all come together to share experiences with one
another.

Building the Life You Want: This support group takes a look at where you want to go/ goals/ dreams and then discuss what we can do to support that path. From making lists to learning communication skills to just believing in yourself. We can work together to create the life you want for yourself.

Coffee and Conversation: This is a support group to just sit and discuss anything you may need support with at the moment. A place to feel safe and be supported.

Community Gathering: The perfect time to come together as a community to discuss and make decisions as a community in the direction we take and groups we create.

Coping with Anger: This group is to support those with experience in anger either having anger issues or been victimized by it. Here you can come together with peers whom you can share and be supported with and by.

Creative Virtual Art with Ari or Elyse: A time to relax and bring out your artistic side. Learn different styles from cartooning to landscape. And enjoy conversation while supporting each other.

Feel the Music: This is a group where we pick inspirational songs, listen to them and discuss how they make us feel. Music can be a strong tool for mental health and coping with emotions. Here we can share how it supports us.

Hearing Voices and Alternate Realities: This support group is for those who hear voices and/or experience reality in different ways. We are a charter group created by the Western Ma RLC. We are non-judgmental and we are not mandated reporters. You are safe here to speak freely in an open and caring atmosphere and be supported in your experiences.

Intro to Writing with Sara: A space to Read, Write and Study various Writing Skills together.

Living with Loss: This group provides an opportunity to share and listen to experiences about loss. Together we can support one another with help and hope in the grieving process.

Meditation and Mindfulness: Spend some time relaxing with some meditation and mindfulness learning to breath and relax in a group setting.

Morning Meditation with Lindsey: A good way to start your day with some mindful meditation and relax with good company.

Peers Connect: This group is a chance to see where we as peers can find ways to connect and help support each other on our journey to health and wellness.

Peer Support for Peer Supporters: This is a group for Peer Support workers looking for a place to get support for themselves. At times this field of work can be stressful and feel heavy, here we can support each other in a safe space with other Peers who understand.

Peer Support for the Latin Community: This is a support group for our Latin Family to be able to support each other and be comfortable speaking in their native tongue.

Spirituality and Wellness: This is a group to explore how your Spirituality supports your Wellness and finding your balance in this.

The Power of Gratitude: This group focuses on how having a grateful outlook can strengthen your mental health and help you find gratitude in your everyday life.

The Power of Positivity: This group looks towards changing your perspective and looking at situations in a positive light. Support each other and working through things that could look negative but turned into a positive.

Yoga and Tai Chi with Lindsey: A great way to exercise and relax with community members.

Zumba with Andrei: An excellent way to exercise, build up your energy, dance and generally have fun while enjoying each other in the Kiva Community.

Alternatives to Suicide: This group is a safe space where people with similar experiences get together to talk about all the alternatives we have surrounding the topic of suicide, in a non-clinical and non-judgmental space.

Autism Support Group: The autism support group provides the opportunity for individuals living on the autism spectrum as well as family and friends that are involved in the lives of
individuals with autism to all come together to share experiences with one
another.

Building the Life You Want: This support group takes a look at where you want to go/ goals/ dreams and then discuss what we can do to support that path. From making lists to learning communication skills to just believing in yourself. We can work together to create the life you want for yourself.

Coffee and Conversation: This is a support group to just sit and discuss anything you may need support with at the moment. A place to feel safe and be supported.

Community Gathering: The perfect time to come together as a community to discuss and make decisions as a community in the direction we take and groups we create.

Coping with Anger: This group is to support those with experience in anger either having anger issues or been victimized by it. Here you can come together with peers whom you can share and be supported with and by.

Creative Virtual Art with Ari or Elyse: A time to relax and bring out your artistic side. Learn different styles from cartooning to landscape. And enjoy conversation while supporting each other.

Feel the Music: This is a group where we pick inspirational songs, listen to them and discuss how they make us feel. Music can be a strong tool for mental health and coping with emotions. Here we can share how it supports us.

Hearing Voices and Alternate Realities: This support group is for those who hear voices and/or experience reality in different ways. We are a charter group created by the Western Ma RLC. We are non-judgmental and we are not mandated reporters. You are safe here to speak freely in an open and caring atmosphere and be supported in your experiences.

Intro to Writing with Sara: A space to Read, Write and Study various Writing Skills together.

Living with Loss: This group provides an opportunity to share and listen to experiences about loss. Together we can support one another with help and hope in the grieving process.

Meditation and Mindfulness: Spend some time relaxing with some meditation and mindfulness learning to breath and relax in a group setting.

Morning Meditation with Lindsey: A good way to start your day with some mindful meditation and relax with good company.

Peers Connect: This group is a chance to see where we as peers can find ways to connect and help support each other on our journey to health and wellness.

Peer Support for Peer Supporters: This is a group for Peer Support workers looking for a place to get support for themselves. At times this field of work can be stressful and feel heavy, here we can support each other in a safe space with other Peers who understand.

Peer Support for the Latin Community: This is a support group for our Latin Family to be able to support each other and be comfortable speaking in their native tongue.

Spirituality and Wellness: This is a group to explore how your Spirituality supports your Wellness and finding your balance in this.

The Power of Gratitude: This group focuses on how having a grateful outlook can strengthen your mental health and help you find gratitude in your everyday life.

The Power of Positivity: This group looks towards changing your perspective and looking at situations in a positive light. Support each other and working through things that could look negative but turned into a positive.

Yoga and Tai Chi with Lindsey: A great way to exercise and relax with community members.

Zumba with Andrei: An excellent way to exercise, build up your energy, dance and generally have fun while enjoying each other in the Kiva Community.

PEER SUPPORT MEETINGS

Peer Support meetings are an opportunity to share or listen to experiences and together we can provide help, hope and support to one another.

(Over the phone) Saturdays 10:30-11:00, conference call (508) 556-4226

Kiva Metro West Access Center 855 Worcester Rd. Framingham MA

Tuesdays 1:00-2:00

Café Edisia (reserved meeting room) 486 Chestnut St. Gardner MA 01440

Wednesdays 12:00-1:00

Employment Options 82 Brigham St. Marlborough MA

Mondays 12:30-1:30

Neponset River House 595 Pleasant St., Norwood MA

Thursdays 3:30-4:30

Hudson Library 3 Washington St., Hudson

Fridays 11:00-12:00

Fitchburg Public Library (Ethnic Heritage room) 610 Main St. Fitchburg MA 01420

Wednesdays 10:15-11:00

Leominster Public Library (Friends room, 3rd flr) 30 West St. Leominster MA 01453

Wednesdays 6:15-7:15 pm

Book Lover’s Gourmet 55 East Main St. Webster MA  01570

Thursdays 11:00-12:00

BILINGUAL PEER SUPPORT

Recovery Connections 31 Main St. Marlborough

Mondays 10:00-11:00

PEERS OF COLOR SUPPORT 

Wednesdays 10:45-11:45

PRIDE PEER SUPPORT (LGBTQIA & ALLIES) 

Currently this group is not offered

RECOVERY THROUGH ART

In this group we use creativity as a tool for relaxation and well-being. All art and craft projects fit all artistic levels, from beginner to advanced. Projects may include drawing, collage, painting and more.

Kiva Center 209 Shrewsbury St. Worcester MA 01604

Fridays 1:45-3:15

RECOVERY THROUGH RHYTHMS (DRUM CIRCLE & MORE) 

Fridays 3:30-4:30

SHARING & CARING CONVERSATION 

A time to spend with others who want to share thoughts and support each other.

Kiva Center 209 Shrewsbury St. Worcester MA 01604

Tuesdays 10:00-11:00

Fridays 12:30-1:30

SPIRITUALITY AND WELLNESS

This is a time to spend with others who want to share how their spirituality has helped them along their journey toward wellness and healing. This is a non-denominational group setting.

Kiva Center 209 Shrewsbury St. Worcester MA 01604

Thursdays 1:35-2:35

SYSTEMS SURVIVORS GROUP

The Systems Survivors movement is an emerging movement born from an understanding that systems and constructs intrinsically affect all aspects of the human experience. This group offers an opportunity to discuss what it means to be a system survivor and how systems of oppression inherently create movements that look to uproot them. Awareness of such movements, systems and constructs allow for people to become better allies to those who identify as systems survivors as well as use their own experience within systems to contribute to a culture of empathy.

Kiva Center 209 Shrewsbury St. Worcester MA 01604

Thursdays 1:35-2:35

TRAUMA INFORMED ADDICTION SUPPORT GROUP DUAL DIAGNOSIS

This meeting focuses on recovery from ALL types of trauma and addictions. The group is inclusive of ALL types of addictions, including but not limited to eating disorders, substance use disorders, gambling addiction, shopping addiction, etc.

Kiva Center 209 Shrewsbury St. Worcester MA 01604

Tuesdays 1:30-2:30

HEARING VOICES | VOICES & ALTERNATIVE REALITIES SUPPORT 

A support group for those who hear voices and/or experience reality in different ways.

Thursdays 12:30-1:30

Edwards Church, youth room 39 Edwards St. Framingham MA

Tuesdays 12:00-1:00

VOICE HEARERS SUPPORT MEETING

Are you a voice hearer? Would you like to meet with others who hear voices? If so, come to our support meeting specifically for those of us that do.

Milford Town Library (Quarry room) 80 Spruce St. Milford MA 01757

Fridays 12:30-1:30

WELLNESS WEDNESDAY

Various physical and mental health topics such as diet, eating habits, exercise and peer support.

Kiva Center 209 Shrewsbury St. Worcester MA 01604

Wednesdays 9:30-10:30

YOGA WITH LINDSEY

Join the instructor Lindsey in a relaxing and fulfilling experience, people off all levels and abilities are welcome.

Kiva Center 209 Shrewsbury St. Worcester MA 01604

Mondays 1:30-2:30

Tuesdays 2:30-3:30

Kiva Metro West Access Center 855 Worcester Rd. Framingham MA

Tuesdays 11:30-12:00

YOGA NIDRA

Yoga Nidra (yoga sleep) is a meditation practice that intends to induce physical, mental and emotional relaxation. People off all levels and abilities are welcome.

Kiva Metro West Access Center 855 Worcester Rd. Framingham MA

Tuesdays June 11th & 25th 10:15-11:15

ZUMBA

Dancing burns calories, strengthens bones and muscles; improves physical emotional and mental balance. Activity also reduces pain and retards the aging process and contributes to wellness.

Kiva Center 209 Shrewsbury St. Worcester MA 01604

(Bilingual) Mondays 12:30-1:30

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