Sister Circle Program


Photograph by Yolanda C. Jones.


The Sister Circle program provides an array of mental health and wellness programs to reach and serve Black women and women of color.

In particular, Sister Circle aims to meet the unique needs of women of color in the following ways:

  • Culturally responsive mental health counseling and treatment to heal culturally based trauma

  • Social support groups that create safe and nurturing spaces for women to heal and build community

  • Neighborhood-based education and outreach and collaboration with other agencies and communities

Special Events

Minority Mental Health Awareness Month in July: Mood & movement

This Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, we’re exploring how movement can help improve mood.

Healing and self-care programs for women of color throughout July include:

Stress Management Workshops

  • WHEN: 2 Fridays, July 12 and July 19, 12-12:45 pm

  • WHERE: Sentara Starr Hill Health Center at the Jefferson School City Center, 233 4th St. NW

Call (434) 872-0047 or email to register.

C’Ville Walks With Heart

From June to August, families and individuals of all ages gather to walk for health. Each week, the group conquers new terrain and longer distances, working toward being able to complete a four-mile walk. For more information, contact Noelle Voges at UVA Cancer Center: or (813) 309-2341.

Yoga for People of Color

  • WHEN: 3rd Sunday of each month: July 21, 2-3:15pm

  • WHERE: Common Ground Healing Arts @ Jefferson School City Center, 233 4th St. NW, 2nd Fl.

  • Facilitated by Eboni Bugg, LCSW. Offered in partnership with Common Ground Healing Arts.

A gathering for people of color to practice yoga in a safe and nurturing setting. Includes yoga poses for all levels, as well as time for exploring ways to use breath and meditation for well-being. Offered on a donation basis; no one will be turned away for inability to pay.


  • WHEN: 2 Sundays, July 7 and 14, 3-4 pm

  • WHERE: TWI Main Office

  • Facilitated by Isola Brown

    July 7 will be a low-impact class, July 14 will be medium impact. Join for one or both!

Community Panel on Black Mental Health:
Racism, Stigma and the Impact on Health

A Minority Mental Health Month & Unity Days Event

  • WHEN: July 24, 6-8pm

  • WHERE: Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

  • Co-sponsored by Brave Souls on Fire, Central Virginia Clinicians of Color Network, Community Mental Health & Wellness Coalition, Dept. of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services, The Women’s Initiative, Virginia Department of Health-Office of Health Equity, and Thomas Jefferson Health District.

Learn about the impact of structural racism on our community health status, and local efforts to address these issues. Panelists include Shelly Wood, MSW, Therapist & Sister Circle Co-Coordinator. Reserve tickets here:

Community Partnership:
Central Virginia Clinicians of Color Network

We are proud to partner with the Central Virginia Clinicians of Color Network as they launch this vital service for the community: free, evidence-based mental health counseling by and for people of color. (434) 218-0440 to learn more or make an appointment.