Transformation Center


Voicing lived experience...Generating mental health wellness through community, policy, training and peer support

About Us

The Transformation Center                                  @ 98 Magazine St.

A Massachusetts statewide peer-operated training, technical assistance, and peer support networking organization. We seek to transform policy and practice in communities and systems by facilitating the growth, well-being and diverse voices and expressions of people in all stages of recovering their mental health and freedom from addictions and traumatic experiences. People who experience trauma, mental health and/or substance use  challenges and diagnosis are of potent value in our communities. Discrimination and misconceptions, however, remain a barrier.
The Transformation Center’s role is to “water the roots” of the peer support and mental health recovery movement.  Our source of expertise is innovation driven by those who have lived experience of recovery and resilience.

In 2004, responding to decades of grassroots advocacy for social change, the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health received Medicaid funding to support the beginnings of a statewide, peer-operated “Recovery Center for Excellence.”  This is now called The Transformation Center, reorganized on May 19, 2008 from our origins in 1987 as a 501 (c)3 tax exempt organization in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  

Vision of a Trauma-sensitive Peer Movement

The Transformation Center envisions a society that prevents violence and promotes compassion;
a society where people live from the knowledge that everyone’s individual and collective healing
and safety is possible and depends on us all.

“Trauma and the Peer Movement” (PDF brochure)

About the Transformation Center

Overview of Activities

Link to Central MA RLC

The Kiva Center is the connection center of the Central MA Recovery Learning Community.   Our main focus is on promoting wellness through mutual support.   We are located at 209 Shrewsbury St. (across from East Park), in Worcester, MA  (Bus 15).


We live in communities where people, individually and together,
experience well-being, and help each other with mutual respect and compassion,
to overcome the challenges we all face.


As people in all stages of recovering our mental health, wellness and freedom from addictions.
– We promote the growth and voices of people with lived experience, individually, in communities and in organizations.
– We facilitate these diverse voices to impact and transform policy and practice.


1. Self-Determination:  We support the right of every person to choose their own recovery path without force.

2. Being part of the solution:  We encourage every person to effect change and growth, to educate and help both self and others.

3. Independence:  We celebrate the process of growth to self-sufficiency & support the right of each person to strive for it.

4. Mutuality:  We build connection, giving and receiving help with self-respect and shared responsibility.

5. Social Justice:  We are stewards of our environment through solidarity, equality and compassion.

The Geese

Our logo is inspired by Lessons from the Geese (PDF), a story of collaboration interpreted by Dr. Robert McNeish.   These lessons of the wild inspire a world where people are as wise as geese, where leadership is shared, and where we all stay focused on a common vision and mission, keeping our “eyes on the prize”.

Lessons from the Geese (Video with subtitles and music)
Lessons from the Geese (Video with narration)

Mary Oliver’s poem “Wild Geese”

Affirmation that we are worthy and reminds us that the journey continues…

“Wild Geese” Narrated by Mary Oliver  Video with subtitle
“Wild Geese” Text

Community Celebrations & Complaints

Please let us know if you have a concern, a celebration or a complaint.   If communication with staff is not satisfactory or you are not comfortable contacting us directly, please download our “Complaint Process” PDF for information about making a complaint.

Human Rights Officers

HROs are available to support community members who want to make a complaint.
Call 508-751-9600 or email:

Donna Macomber-Cassidy
Vesper Moore
Jillian Aucoin

Contact us

98 Magazine St., Roxbury, MA  02119  |
Phone 617-442-4111 | Toll Free 800-338-7271 | Video Phone 617-606-7508
Fax 617-442-4005
Or submit online form right margin of every page


More “About Us”


Worker Team and  Board of Directors