After a more than two-year search, The Guidance Center is relocating and consolidating both its Long Beach clinics into one comprehensive facility at 1301 Pine Ave. Founded in 1946, The Guidance Center provides comprehensive mental-health treatment to the community’s most disadvantaged children and their families struggling with mental illness and abuse.
“We want to have a visible presence in the neighborhood of the clients we serve,” said Patricia Costales, The Center’s executive director. “This new location will help further establish the Center’s identity in the community and will provide greater accessibility for our clients.”
The new location, which was found by the real-estate developer company Urban Offerings, is near where clients live and go to school and close to the Center’s community partners. The current Long Beach clinics serve approximately 1,500 clients annually, and the new building will allow this number to grow over the years, according to The Guidance Center.
“We are all so very excited about this opportunity,” said Tim Sailor, The Guidance Center’s board president. “Not only will the new building provide a central location for the majority of our clients, but it will also serve as a resource for the community and as a place where our supporters and partners can gather, have tours and understand our mission.”
The property at 1313 Pine Ave. will undergo a major renovation, and The Guidance Center is expected to move into its new home in early spring 2013. A groundbreaking event to celebrate the new location will take place there Friday, Aug. 17 at 10am.