Marguerite Carson

Marguerite Carson
The Carson Center was named to honor Marguerite O. Carson who moved from Springfield in 1966 to assume the management of the Westfield Area Child Guidance Clinic. She brought great compassion, human insight and immense energy to her work and to the agency. Under her leadership, the Clinic grew into a full-service mental health clinic for people of all ages. Today, the Carson Center continues her legacy by working in our local communities to help bring positive transformation to people's lives.

During her tenure, community-based mental health services began to blossom in response to changing treatment models and decreasing dependence on institutional care for people with mental illnesses. The Clinic took on responsibility for adult outpatient, day treatment, and emergency service programs; assisted in the development of a Preschool Nursery program in the Gateway School District, established training programs for medical students and social workers, and formed specialized programs to serve populations ranging from children to elders. The agency was renamed Westfield Area Mental Health Clinic in 1973, reflecting its mission to serve people of all ages, not just children.

Miss Carson touched the lives of countless people during her years here. In her work, both in the agency and in the community, Miss Carson was ceaselessly energetic and encouraging. Her active and compassionate approach to assisting people with disabilities, treating them with care and respect, and supporting high quality services and programs are embedded in the mission and values of this organization.

Over the years, as we have expanded into new avenues of service, Miss Carson's values and enthusiasm have inspired our work and have led us to proudly honor her by renaming this organization, henceforth The Carson Center for Human Services.