PEACE Reaches Out to Non-Profit Organizations in Dededo


Guam – Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center (GBHWC), in partnership with the Mayors’ Council of Guam, is hosting a series of village meetings to discuss the Partnerships for Success grant.

Partnerships for Success grant is an opportunity for non-profit organizations to receive support in implementing prevention initiatives on Guam. Twenty-two (22) individuals attended the first Gathering of Pacific Islanders for PEACE (GOPEACE) village meeting held in Dededo on December 18, 2013.

They represented non-profit organizations such as the Boys Scouts of America, the Rotary Club of Northern Guam, CAPE, St. Paul’s Christian Church, Guam Amateur Baseball Association, East West Presbyterian Church, Manna Fellowship, and the Rotaract Club of Marianas. Attendees learned about Guam’s 5-Year Strategic Prevention Plan and were also invited to engage with the GBHWC-PEACE office in implementing this plan through their local organizations.

Mayor Savares shared “We see and hear our island’s problems every day, and we are thankful for this opportunity to take action towards local solutions.” The Mayor encouraged those present to start prevention initiatives in the village, and partner with each other and the PEACE office to address the community’s challenges with regard to substance abuse and suicide prevention.

Next Village Meetings

Upcoming village meetings will be held in the following dates and villages:

January 8, 2014                 Santa Rita 

January 15, 2014               Yigo

January 22, 2014               Sinajana

January 29, 2014               Mangilao

February 5, 2014               Umatac

February 12, 2014            Barrigada

February 19, 2014            Inarajan

February 26, 2014            Yona

These hour-long village meetings are scheduled to start at 6:30 PM. For more information or to confirm the meeting venue and participation, interested individuals and community groups are encouraged to contact their respective Mayor’s offices or the GBHWC Prevention and Training Branch.

For more information on the PEACE Partnerships for Success, or the 5-year Strategic PEACE Plan, contact 477-9079 thru 9083 or visit

(L-R) Back – Onania Snively, Remedios Malig, Christopher Surla. Front – Mayor Melissa Savares, Gayle Osborne, Cathrina Palomo.