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.

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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