The HOPE Center

“Where Healing Takes Center Stage”

The HOPE (Healing On Purpose and Evolving) Center is the manifestation of Senior Pastor Michael A. Walrond’s vision, to effectively support the vast mental health needs of the parishioners of First Corinthian Baptist Church, and the Harlem community at large.

The center seeks to minimize the stigma around communities of color when seeking mental health services. It prides itself in having licensed clinicians who utilize evidence-based therapeutic practices to support a variety of daily living challenges including depression, trauma, sexual abuse and bereavement. The HOPE Center staff looks forward to working with you.

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Our mission is to support people in being intentional about their wellness through a person-centered approach. Our objective is to engage in therapeutic healing opportunities, which promote and honor the experiential learning of all hope innovators.


To support HOPE innovators in developing intentionally around their healing, within the therapeutic alliance to assist them in creating and sustaining life-long wholeness.

Who is a Hope Innovator?

One who is intentional about healing.

The values by which we work together toward achieving our vision are:


To respect, and respond to the innovator’s power to create the life they desire.


To invite innovators on a journey of excavating wounds that seek to cast shadows of shame and doubt. We will support persons in cultivating life.


To create an environment of hospitality and safety where innovators feel invited and welcomed to be themselves.


To assist innovators in developing an awareness of their interconnectedness and how healing themselves brings healing to our world.


To respond with compassion and patience. While listening to and supporting the needs, dreams, and diversity of our innovators.


We will unwaveringly strive to treat every individual with dignity, in an effort to strengthen self-confidence and pride.


To always advance our professional and personal evolution. We will increase our knowledge and skill base to be proactive in exceeding the expectations of our innovators.