The Up Center is the oldest and largest child and family services agency in Hampton Roads and has been part of our community since 1883. Purposefully evolving over the years to meet the changing needs of our region, we continue the work of our predecessors by responding to the needs of our community’s most vulnerable children, families and individuals with a mission of changing trajectories from crisis to wholeness. This mission guides and directs the programs and services that we offer.
As one of the largest non-profit providers of evidenced-based mental health services in our region we provide personal and innovative services to approximately 10,000 children and adults each year. We have a deep understanding how trauma and mental illness impacts people’s and families’ ability to thrive. We work daily to transform both our services and the system of care in our community and have clearly stated strategic goals to both champion this need and to increase our capacity to provide critical services. We execute in collaboration with other organizations, invest in the professional development of our staff and are committed to using a trauma informed approach to focus on recovery and resilience and to promote equity, diversity and inclusion in all our work.
In 2018 The Up Center and Cohen Veterans Network (CVN) formed a partnership to establish a Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at The Up Center. Opening in the spring of 2019, this location will provide short term mental health services to Veterans and their family members. The Clinic Director, in conjunction with Up Center team, will have a lead role in launching this clinic site.