Our Mission

The Mission of the Gándara Center is to promote the well-being of Hispanics, African-Americans and other culturally diverse populations through innovative, culturally competent behavioral health, prevention and educational services.

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Our Commitments

  • To provide the highest quality services as demonstrated by performance outcomes, client satisfaction and cost effectiveness
  • To assure continuous improvement through review of policies, procedures, bylaws and standards of best practice, including fiduciary responsibility, and contractual compliance
  • To be prepared to respond and to be able to meet the changing needs of our clients
  • To ensure the care, welfare, safety and security of all clients and staff
  • To respect the dignity and promote the human and civil rights of all individuals we serve
  • To fully value the diversity of individuals, couples and families regardless of gender, socio-economic status, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, sexual identity, religion, age, and/or disability
  • To promote the right of clients to make informed choices and meaningful decisions
  • To promote professional development and offer opportunities for personal growth
  • To work collaboratively with others and to contribute to the well-being of underserved populations in the communities we serve
  • To implement proactive business strategies that secure new resources to more comprehensively serve our communities

Our Story

Gándara Center’s mission is to promote the well-being of Hispanics, African Americans, and other culturally diverse populations through innovative culturally competent behavioral health, prevention, and education services. Established in 1977 The Gándara Center provides outpatient mental health and substance use services to the growing and largely unserved Hispanic community in Western Massachusetts. We serve over 13,000 people from all backgrounds per year at more than 40 locations across the state of Massachusetts.

To support our communities, we accept many private insurers and MassHealth. Many of our programs are low-cost or free to qualified clients.

Read about our history.

Our 2020-2023 Strategic Plan

The 2020-2023 Strategic Plan highlights Gándara Center’s service excellence, commitment to the quality of work life for staff, our goals of growth and collaboration to meet community needs, our goals to strengthen organizational capacity, and the Center’s strategic goals in community relations and development.