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​​​“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” ― Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom


The Catalyst Foundation's Mission is to Create a Healing Society​

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The Catalyst Foundation was founded in 1992 by Sonny Bartz (who died of AIDS in 1993) and his wife Susan Lawrence, M.D., a board-certified internist and medical oncologist. Shortly before his death, Sonny observed, "I'm not dying of AIDS, but of the delayed effects of child abuse." This intuitive statement, now supported by the firm scientific evidence of the landmark Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study (; informed Catalyst's mission, programs, and services over the past two decades. While our founding agenda was focused primarily on HIV/AIDS medical care and prevention, over the years we broadened this scope to include others in need in our underserved community, particularly the homeless, low-income, incarcerated, and other marginalized populations. In all we do, Catalyst employs the guiding principles of trauma-informed care: safety, trustworthiness, choice collaboration, empowerment, and cultural/ linguistic competency. These values allow us to address the root causes of health and psychosocial problems of those we serve, rather than simply providing treatment for the consequences. Read the rest of our history HERE. 



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