GFM The Synergy Center (GFMSC) is housed inside UrbanZone, found strategically located near downtown, and the East and North sides of Kalamazoo. For more than 16 years, GFMSC has been a place for healing and restoration, helping individuals and families regain hope and dreams for their future in this community
GFMSC's Founder and CEO, Valarie Cunningham, identified a gap in services. Services being provided to African Americans and individuals of color were limited. GFMSC's niche in this community is to meet the needs of individuals and specifically the needs of people of color by providing mental health and substance abuse services in a culturally relevant manner. The impact of being intentional about providing trauma focused, evidenced based practices as been positive in the community. Sixteen years later, the vision is continuing to unfold.
The board, staff and clinical team have focused on ensuring that relevant services are easily accessible to the community it serves. GFMSC has been intentional about responding to the growing and changing needs of the times, providing services ranging from infants to mature adulthood and hosted the first African American Mental Health Symposium in 2019 in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
The staff at GFM The Synergy Center is dedicated to bringing satisfying relief to people who are in emotional, mental, and spiritual pain. Licensed, caring staff offer excellent care by providing best practices in counseling, recovery and wellness services.
We are confident that you will receive excellent care. We invite community members to join us in our efforts by donating or volunteering.
"I wish people could understand that the brain is the most important organ of our body. Just because you can't see mental illness like you can see a broken bone, doesn't mean it's not as detrimental or devastating to a family or individual."
Want to keep the conversation going?
We've formed two discussion groups around African American Mental Health. For a local view, join our Facebook group, or for a more global conversation join our LinkedIn Group. You'll find interesting resources, impressive group members, and valuable in either private group.
Main Office: UrbanZone: 625 Harrison Street. Kalamazoo, MI 49007 | Phone: 269-323-1954 | Fax: 269-276-0201
Hours: Monday - Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM | Friday: Closed
Saturday and Sunday by Appointment Only
Closed Noon to 1 PM for lunch daily