Transformation Center


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

Blacks United in Recovery

BUR is a state-wide advocacy and policy development network for Blacks and African Americans seeking recovery from mental health, trauma and substance use related challenges.

Featured Community Activity

FREE weekly trauma support & dinner hosted by the Cory Johnson Program For Post-Traumatic Healing at the Roxbury Presbyterian Church (RPC) Social Impact Center

Using a community-based approach to foster recovery and healing from all sources of post-traumatic stress.   This is for all adults from all backgrounds, faiths, and orientations – just show up!

Can We Talk?  Flyer of events through June 20, series runs through October 2019

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Why African Americans may be more wary of research and medicine than your average person

Many of us in the peer support and mental health recovery movement work to share our voices and experiences to educate others, encourage one another, and contribute to future policy development.  One of our long-standing mottoes is “nothing about us, without us!”

Toward that end, The Transformation Center is partnering with researchers from Cambridge Health Alliance and Mass General who are working with us with integrity so that policy makers, medical providers and other stakeholders can learn more about what brown and black people need for greater wellness and increased access to medical care.

The Racist History of American Medicine Video at Top Buzz

For many African Americans however, the topic of our participation in medical research has a long horrifying history.  Let us remember those men and women who were forced against their will or without their knowledge, to give their bodies, minds and lives in the name of medical science.

3rd BUR Celebration and Forum

“Blacks Addressing Mental Health and Healing to Impact Research, Policy and Practice” held August 2018 for Black Affinity group members, Friends & Allies.  Featured a report from the Black Community Advisory Group of Boston.  2018 Flyer

2nd BUR Celebration and Forum

“From Surviving to Thriving” was held November 21, 2017 – A day of interactive workshops for those who identified as Black or African American and related to emotional health, addictions or trauma issues. 2017 Flyer and Agenda

1st BUR Celebration and Forum

“Witnessing The Power Of Connection: Facilitating Healing From Racism, Isolation, Marginalization, Trauma, Addictions, Violence & Emotional Dis(Stress)”  was held November 12, 2015 in Dorchester, MA.  It was an historic gathering of people who identify as African American or Black and have experienced racism or marginalization, violence, severe emotional distress, trauma or substance use challenges.  2015 Flyer


Call or email Valeria to share your experiences of peer support and learn about upcoming Blacks United in Recovery events and opportunities for advocacy.


Valeria Chambers
98 Magazine St.
Roxbury, MA, 02119
(617) 442-4111 ext 322
Toll Free: (877) 769-7693
Fax: (617) 442-4005

The Transformation Center strives to make events and spaces accessible to all. This includes (but is not limited to) avoiding the use of scented products as much as possible, using wheelchair accessible spaces, and scheduling interpreters and groups in other languages (adapted from Western MA RLC Guiding Principles).

For more information please see “About Chemical & Scent Sensitivity” including ways to reduce your use of scents.