Community of Hope

Mission & Vision

The Guidance Center provides comprehensive mental health treatment to our community’s most disadvantaged children and their families struggling with mental illness and abuse, leading them toward a positive and productive future. The Guidance Center envisions a community where all children have the help they need to be healthy and happy.

Our Values

The Guidance Center honors our community and each other by being a center of clinical excellence and an employer of choice. To these ends, our core values are:

  • Balance
  • Opportunity
  • Integrity
  • Stability
  • Creativity
  • Humility
  • Inclusivity

Balance: Provide clients and staff with the tools to support a healthy life in the areas of personal well-being, family, and work.

Opportunity: Promote personal and professional growth as clients and staff aim for success in becoming the best versions of themselves. Embrace and respond to change while maintaining the core values of our mission and vision.

Integrity: Exemplify our core values with transparency in our communication, honesty and respect in our relationships, and conduct ourselves in an ethical and professional manner.

Stability: Provide resources to help build a solid foundation toward emotional and financial sustainability for our clients, staff and agency as a whole.

Creativity: Utilize program development and trainings to support staff in implementing innovative programs to engage children and families.

Humility: Value each client as a partner in their treatment by seeing them as a whole person and supporting them without judgement. Value each staff member as a partner in creating a supportive, authentic and safe organization.

Inclusivity: Recognize the unique qualities and traits of each client and staff member and embrace their differences with compassion and respect.

70 Years of Help and Hope

our story

In Long Beach during the 1940s, help for mental health challenges was difficult to find. In 1946, a visionary group of local public school teachers and counselors responded by forming the agency to provide help and hope to these children and their families.

Community Collaborators

At The Guidance Center, we believe partnerships are key to addressing the urgent mental health needs of our communities. We collaborate with sister organizations, civic leaders, and community members so we can be joined in our efforts and our mission to help the families who need us most.

our donors

We are funded by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health and by generous supporters like you.

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