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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.

Kiva Center 209 Shrewsbury St. Worcester MA 01604

Thursdays 11:15-12:15

 

ASL

American Sign Language also known as ASL will allow you to learn how to sign and will also teach you the cultural aspects of American Sign Language. All are Welcome.

Kiva Center 209 Shrewsbury St. Worcester MA 01604

Mondays 10:45-11:45

Also see “ASL Monthly Events”

APOYO ENTRE COMPAÑEROS

(Spanish Peer Support) Una oportunidad para escuchar y compartir experiencias y juntos podernos prestar ayuda, esperanza y apoyo Mutuo.

Southbridge Community Connections 346 Main St. Southbridge

Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday 5:00-7:00 pm

 

Mondays 11:15-12:15

Wednesdays 1:00-2:00

ALMUERZO LATINO (LATIN LUNCH)

(Bilingual) Este almuerzo es para nosotros unirnos como una comunidad, volver a estar juntos. Vamos a hablar de muchos temas alrededor de la recuperación y el estimulo del poder latino. Únase a nosotros en este almuerzo gratuito.

Tuesdays 12:30-1:30

 

BOOK CLUB

Join us, we will choose a book together. Through the month we will discuss and share our opinions with one another.

B Sisters Cafe 680 Worcester Rd. Framingham MA

Wednesdays 12:00-1:00

BREAKING CYCLES

This group is focused on fostering wellness and compassion for ourselves while recognizing our ability for self-growth. We all make mistakes and sometimes harming others can also be a source of trauma for ourselves. This is a non-judgmental space where we share stories and strategies to empower ourselves in reaching our goals.

Kiva Center 209 Shrewsbury St. Worcester MA 01604

Mondays 12:00-1:00

COFFEE & CONVERSATION – PEER SUPPORT

Start up your week with a hot cup of joe in a relaxed and supportive environment.

Panera Bread 841 Worcester St. Natick MA

Fridays 2:00-3:00

COMMUNITY GATHERING

It’s an opportunity for the community to get together to discuss and make decisions in matters related to our center.

Kiva Center 209 Shrewsbury St. Worcester MA 01604

Tuesdays 11:15-12:15

COMPULSIVE BEHAVIOR SUPPORT

This is an opportunity to get support or give support around behaviors that are compulsive, including but not limited to over eaters, shopaholics, etc.

Kiva Center 209 Shrewsbury St. Worcester MA 01604

Wednesdays 12:00-1:00

COPING WITH ANGER

Learn and share ways on how to deal with and how to cope with as well as on how to release your anger in a non-harmful way.

Kiva Center 209 Shrewsbury St. Worcester MA 01604

Mondays 11:00-12:00

GRANDPARENTS RAISING GRANDCHILDREN

This support meeting is offered to people who are facing the unique (but not so uncommon) experience of being a grandparent who is raising grandchildren. We meet to give and receive support from those around us who can relate. Share strategies, resources, experiences and make connections.

Kiva at Southbridge Community Connections 346 Main St. Southbridge MA

Every 2nd and 4th Tuesdays 6:00-7:00pm

 

GUITAR 101

Learn to play guitar and enjoy the healing power of music.

Kiva Center 209 Shrewsbury St. Worcester MA 01604

Thursdays 1:30-2:30

INFORMATIONAL MEETINGS

An opportunity for people to get more information about the RLC, the Peer Movement, and services available.

KAROKE

Join us for a fun evening full of conversation, pizza, spoken word, poetry, karaoke, dancing.

Kiva Center 209 Shrewsbury St. Worcester MA 01604

 

Fridays 4:30-6:00 pm

 

LIFE WITH AND WITHOUT LIMITS

This is an opportunity for self-growth where we explore healthy communication and finding our boundaries through fostering mutuality and self-determination.

Kiva Center 209 Shrewsbury St. Worcester MA 01604

Wednesdays 2:30-3:30 pm

 

LIVING BEYOND PAIN

This support meeting is for people living with conditions (both chronic and acute) that can often.

Kiva at Southbridge Community Connections 346 Main St. Southbridge MA

Mondays 6:30-7:30pm

 

LIVING BEYOND TRAUMA

A safe space to gather and share our wisdom and experiences about living our lives beyond trauma.

Kiva Center 209 Shrewsbury St. Worcester MA 01604

 

Currently this group is not offered

 

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.

Kiva Center 209 Shrewsbury St. Worcester MA 01604

Thursdays 10:00-11:00

 

MEMORY CAFE

Memory Cafe is a welcoming place for individuals with Alzheimer’s or any type of dementias or other brain disorders. Individual Memory Cafes focus on different aspects for a unique experience. Some meetings are activity based, while others focus on education. It is a safe and comfortable space where caregivers and their loved ones can socialize, listen to music, play games, and enjoy other appropriate activities.

Sturbridge Senior Center 480 Main St. Fiskdale, MA

Every 1st and 3rd Monday 11:00-12:00

 

MINDFULNESS IN THE PARK

Join us for a different activities such as yoga, mindfulness exercises and guided meditations.

Southbridge Town Common 1 Mechanic St. Southbridge MA

Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday 6:00-8:00pm

 

MORNING JUMP START – PEER SUPPORT

Start up your week with a hot cup of joe in a relaxed and supportive environment.

Kiva Center 209 Shrewsbury St. Worcester MA 01604

Mondays 9:30-10:30

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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