The Kalamazoo Black and Brown Therapy Collective was created in response to community needs, through a partnership between TRHT Kalamazoo, Rootead, and local clinicians and advocates.
About The Black & Brown Therapy Collective
The Black & Brown Therapy collective is a six-month pilot project launched in fall 2020 that was developed to:
- Cover the costs of therapy for residents dealing with racial trauma for those who are not covered by insurance
- Create a therapy referral resource to non-profits, organizers, and the broader community who are working directly with communities of color
- Facilitate connections between Black and Brown residents and clinicians
- Reduce mental health stigma within the Black and Brown community, increase the ability to seek help
- Provide ongoing healing resources, make referrals to emergency services as needed
- Build relationships with emergency and other mental health services to better serve people in mental health crises related to racialized trauma.
Advisory Board & Program Coordinator
- Advisory Board members include representatives from: Interfaith Strategy for Advocacy & Action in the Community (ISAAC), Urban Alliance, Fire Historical and Cultural Arts Collaborative, Hope thru Navigation, Gryphon Place, and El Concilio.
- Our Program Coordinator: Gaby De La Cruz; contact Gaby directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or (269) 348-6120.
Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Kalamazoo (TRHT), hosted by the Kalamazoo Community Foundation, is a community-based movement to bring about transformational and sustainable change to address the historic and contemporary effects of racism. Kalamazoo is one of 13 TRHT locations nationwide, and one in four in Michigan (the others include Flint, Lansing, and Battle Creek). TRHT was launched in 2016 by W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Learn more at trhtkzoo.org.
Rootead offers healing arts and birth work programs that are diverse, inclusive, anti-racist and trauma informed. In order to be equitable, all services offered through the Enrichment Center are available at low-to-no cost. Learn more at rootead.org.