The Guidance Center to Celebrate 70 Years of Providing Help and Hope to Community


Images courtesy of the Guidance Center. Compton program manager, Janet Fleishman, LCSW and clinical supervisor, Teresa Velarde-Page, LMFT (right) pose with a family at the Compton clinic. 

Since 1946, The Guidance Center has served as a pioneer in addressing the always growing and changing mental health needs of children in the community.

The Guidance Center’s growth over the course of its 70-year history has continuously helped to build healthy and safe communities and to guide children toward positive and productive futures, according to the release.

To celebrate its 70th Anniversary and set up the foundation for its next generation of care, the agency has planned a series of events for the next fiscal year, the first of which will be Sunset Sip, its annual fundraising event.

To be hosted by Los Angeles Kings alumnus and television color analyst, Jim Fox, and sponsored by mental health advocates like Alexandria and Luke Bergstrom, who are this year’s Healing and Hope Sponsor, the September 10th event will feature festivities at the Museum of Latin American Art, including a wine tasting contest, light fare, and both a live and silent auction, according to the announcement.

Funds raised from Sunset Sip will support programs and services at The Guidance Center.

“We’re proud of The Guidance Center’s rich history and feel honored to serve so many brave children and their families every day,” said Patricia Costales, LCSW, CEO of The Guidance Center, in a statement. “Our vision as an agency is about access – a community where all children have the help they need to be healthy and happy. We’re continuing to work toward making that a reality, and we’ve made great progress. But as we plan for the future, we know there is still so much more that needs to be done.”


Since its first location in the basement of the old Seaside Hospital in Long Beach, when The Guidance Center was called the Long Beach Mental Hygiene Clinic, the organization has been able to anticipate and adapt to the many needs of the community, thanks to its volunteer board of directors’ visionary leadership.

Today, The Guidance Center is a major mental health service provider in the community, with its nearly 40,000-square-foot headquarters based in Long Beach, as well as clinics in San Pedro and Compton.

The 19-member board oversees the more than 150 mental health professionals, support staff, administrators and interns employed by the center, who serve close to 3,000 children and families every year in Long Beach, Compton, Lynwood, Paramount, San Pedro and Catalina Island, according to the release.

Important partnerships with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, Miller Children’s Hospital and the Long Beach Unified School District, among others in Los Angeles County, have enabled the center since the 1960s and 70s to support their clients at every stage of their development.

Under Costales’ leadership, The Guidance Center continues to seek new opportunities to partner with civic leaders and local organizations, educate the community about the complexities of mental illness and implement healing solutions.

“At The Guidance Center, we don’t just provide services to our communities; we are a part of the communities we serve,” stated Costales. “Change is possible – one child, one family and one community at a time.”

For more information about The Guidance Center, visit the website here

The Museum of Latin American Art is located at 628 Alamitos Avenue. 

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Asia Morris has been with the Long Beach Post for five years, specializing in coverage of the arts. Her parents gave her the name because they wanted her to be a world traveler and they got their wish. She has obliged by pursuing art, journalism and a second career as a competitive cyclist. She was recently awarded first place in writing by the California News Publisher Association for her profile on local artist Narsiso Martinez.