G.O.A.L.S.  services are built upon cultural resilience, lived experience and empowerment through access to needed services and supports.

Kitchen Table Talks, Just Like Sunday Dinners, Faith Community Round Table Services and Suicide Prevention Awareness Workshops.

Sharing healthy conversation and food in safe & respectful spaces can enable cultural resilience to be validated, and valued, pride enhancing historical strengths & traditions honored and circulated.

  • Kitchen Table Talks (KTT) – Kitchen Table Talks (KTTs) are peer led small groups for 4-6 people who usually are brought together by calling and registering to attend a group or a community member can volunteer to host a group from among individuals in their network, families or churches.  Given that our goal to reduce risk for suicide we are particularly focused on providing Kitchen Table Talks for high/at-risk populations such as African American/Black men, Youth/Tay, Single Mothers, Older Adults, LGBTQ Adults and LGBTQ Youth/Tay.
  • Just Like Sunday Dinners (JLSD) – Just Like Sunday Dinners (JLSDs) are intended to bring the generations together to celebrate, enjoy and learn from one another…. respecting the wisdom of elders and innovation of youth and others across the lifespan. Modeled after the movie “Soul Food” and tradition of Black family “Sunday Dinners,” JLSDs are ideally for groups of 8-12 people and may be individuals related by blood or life circumstances or friendship/extended family networks or neighborhood groups. Many JLSDs take place within apartment buildings and resident individual and family tenants are welcome to participate in the safe environment to talk about concerns, gain information and support to build upon/ maximize the community’s resilience and strengths.
  • Faith Community Round Tables (FCRTs) – Faith Community Round Tables (FCRTs) were developed because they are key natural helping environments for African Americans who largely identify as strong believers in faith and spiritual traditions. Faith and prayer are common coping strategies for dealing with challenges and understanding life lessons learned. Faith Communities are institutions with people in them who hold great natural helping skills and spiritual wisdom. In these groups of 15 or more people, mental health information is shared, challenges are brought into the light and ways of reducing risk, enhancing supports to people in need, strengthening family and group communications, etc. are openly discussed, especially the issue of suicide which is such a taboo issue as is the stigma of mental health in African American/Black secular and faith communities and faith.  that have always stood strong in the face of changing times and social/ environmental conditions. Suicidal thoughts, attempts and completions are occurring among African Americans who identify as strong believers of faith and prayer.  We work with faith communities to help open up dialogue about mental health and suicide and start breaking the silence that is keeping people in need from getting the help they deserve.
  • Suicide Prevention Awareness Workshops :  Every 4 hrs we lose an African American to suicide. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young Black men. Researchers have identified “slow suicide,”  “suicide by cop” and/or suicide by proxy [through the acts / hands of others] as common ways in which suicidal ideation, gestures, attempts and completions are occurring among highly distressed, depressed and isolated African Americans. Our workshops are intended to also help break the silence and to talk about ways to help people stay safe and get support to help themselves and/or others. These workshops are held once a quarter at the G.O.A.L.S. office.