Mission & History

Center for Humanistic Change, Inc. (CHC)

Our Mission:

To engage members of our community in opportunities to prepare for life's challenges through delivery of

* prevention education and life skills training, and
*programs that encourage healthy decision-making, positive choices, and peaceful living.

Our History:

The Center for Humanistic Change, Inc. (CHC), founded in 1979, traces its roots to Endeavor, a drug and alcohol treatment and prevention center founded in 1970. In 1975, Endeavor separated its treatment and prevention education divisions. Four years later, the prevention education division became an independent organization known as the Center for Humanistic Change. CHC was granted tax-exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service in June 1980, which was reconfirmed in October 2016.

As the name implies, the Center for Humanistic Change believes that everyone has the potential to lead a fulfilling life. Programs are client-centered, tailored to the specific audience, and delivered in a nurturing and respectful environment. Through a highly interactive approach, participants learn, experience and gain critical coping skills.

In 2015-2016, the Center for Humanistic Change served 44,566 individuals, an increase of more than 3,500 individuals from the previous year. The Center for Humanistic Change is dedicated to the implementation of evidence-based programs and curricula as well as successful programs developed in-house. Drug and alcohol prevention programs remain a core service.

The Center for Humanistic Change delivers customized workshops for children and adults in partnership with schools, businesses, and community organizations.

•Programs for elementary and middle school-age youth. Life skills training; violence prevention; alcohol, tobacco and drug education and prevention; bullying prevention; peer mentoring; and social media training.

•Programs for high school-age youth. Life skills training; alcohol, tobacco and drug education and prevention; bullying prevention; peer mentoring; social media training; and truancy prevention.

•Programs for adults, parents and educators. Life skills training; violence prevention; alcohol, tobacco and drug education and prevention; truancy prevention; and social media training.

•Programs for workplace training. Conflict resolution; stress management; diversity training; team building and communication skills; bridging generational differences; goal setting and time management; motivational management; and training for trainers.

The Center for Humanistic Change is a Commonwealth-approved trainer for the Student Assistance Program (SAP) and provides maintenance training and liaison services to school SAP teams.