Unitas was founded by Dr. Edward Eismann in 1968 when he was a mental health clinician at Lincoln Hospital.
Discouraged by lack of response to formal mental health services for troubled alienated youth within a hospital setting, Eismann
took to the streets, formed bonds with these youth on their own streets and hangouts and enlisted their cooperation to become helpers to each other and their neighborhood children.
They learned how to become "caretakers" to each other and resolve interpersonal challenges through talk negotiation to replace violent acting out.
created "healing circles" right on the street itselfand then into schools with all youth coming together to reflect on "getting along better with each other and learning how to settle problems peacefully".
spoke of the origins of Unitas
and then engaged the African visitors and other guests from Massachusetts as well as local community representatives here in an Unitas
"healing circle" for the sharing of peacemaking stories and strategies for expanding peacemaking efforts of mutual concern to all.
Dr. Eismann in early peacemaking session with youth on Fox