After you’ve shopped ’til you drop during Black Friday and Cyber Monday, kick off the official “Giving Season” and join us on December 3 for #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving to nonprofits. It’s a great day to make a gift to Gándara Center.

DOUBLE YOUR GIFT: on #GivingTuesday, Facebook will match up to $7 million in donations made on Facebook to U.S. nonprofits starting at 8:00 a.m. Visit our Facebook Page on December 3 and make a gift—the earlier the better! Last year we raised $940 ($355 on Facebook) on #Giving Tuesday. Let’s break the thousand mark this year!

Not on Facebook? No problem. Make your gift online right here.

You can designate your gift to any one of our programs and services, including:

Aventura! Summer Camp Scholarship: Summer camp is not only fun for kids—it also helps build their self-confidence as they try new activities and make new friends. But not every child in Springfield has the chance to go to camp because of its cost. That’s where this scholarship comes in. Last year’s #GivingTuesday enabled 45 children and teens to attend summer camp for two weeks!

Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Services: Our Outpatient Clinics in Springfield and Brockton offer a broad array of bilingual and bicultural services for adults, families, children, and adolescents, including group psychotherapy, diagnostic assessments, and treatment. We also offer residential treatment for men and women that focuses on trauma informed care, individualized treatment, case management, recovery-based supports, and family engagement.

Peer Recovery Support Centers: Our peer-governed centers in Brockton, Holyoke, Hyannis, Plymouth, and Springfield are places where support groups and social activities bring together a community of people to celebrate recovery. Peer-based recovery is a relatively new and exciting frontier in substance use disorder services and has proven to be an effective tool in helping people continue their recovery process.

Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative: Gándara is the only specialized Hispanic Community Service Agency (CSA) in the state. The CSA provides flexible, family-driven, wraparound intensive care coordination for children and teens experiencing serious emotional disturbances.
A qualified bilingual care planning team works with the family unit, in the home, to to provide support while helping the meet their vision and goals.

Youth/Young Adult Residential Homes: Gándara’s Adolescent and Family Services Division operates the Western Mass Region’s largest system of Stabilization and Rapid Re-entry Residences and Group Homes for at-risk families with youth ages birth to 20. We also run an Alternative Detention Center and Residential Treatment Program for teenage males in the juvenile justice system, as well as the region’s first LGBTQ-centered residential home.

Foster Care: Gándara Center provides intensive case management and recreational opportunities for youth and 24-hour on-call support for families. Our foster parents give our communities’ most vulnerable children a chance to prosper emotionally, mentally, and physically. Foster parents receive a daily tax-free stipend per child to help provide basic food and shelter needs, supervision, support, and safety. At Gándara, we believe there are no unwanted children, just unfound families.

Your dollars can make a difference in a myriad of other programs as well. Gándara Center also has community education, prevention, and health services. Our Impact Center in Springfield offers services for youth with mental health and/or substance use concerns in a friendly, relaxed space. Our Youth Development Center in Holyoke offers at-risk youth a place where they can access Gándara’s educational support and after-school programs. Our Springfield Family Resource Center provides help for families navigating through housing, education, courts, and legal systems, as well as health insurance, EBT, and behavioral health services—and a food pantry open to the community. We also offer In-Home Behavioral Services and In-Home Therapy for youth with serious emotional or behavioral health needs, and our art therapy program for youth in our residential homes culminates in an annual art exhibit and auction. In addition, we provide Developmental Disability Residential Services.

Simply put, we make a difference—and so do you, with your generosity.

Visit our Facebook Page on December 3 and make a gift! Or, if you’d prefer, donate here.

Thank you!