The Community Counseling Center is a leading provider of affordable, professional mental health counseling on the Central Coast.
We’ve been honing our tradecraft and special blend of approachable, accessible and affordable counseling, education and advocacy for 50 years, and it’s time we emerge from our reputation as a “best kept secret,” to a “local household name.”
In order to become the entry point for mental health care services, go-too referral nexus, and professional training hub for master’s and doctoral level clinicians, the Board of Directors has launched a Golden Anniversary Capital Campaign.
The mental health care needs of our community are too urgent, and the stakes too high to ignore the crisis of affordable treatment options available to individuals and families.
With your help, Community Counseling Center will springboard into the 21st century with a new flagship therapy center and administrative headquarters in downtown San Luis Obispo, upgrade technological infrastructure, and rejuvenate our mission and presence in the non-profit social service sector.
The current lease of Community Counseling Center’s office space at 1129 Marsh Street is expiring in May of 2018 and the Board of Directors secured the purchase of the permanent property as a safeguard against becoming operationally stranded. The acquisition was made possible in large part by the generous lead gift of Vietnam Veteran, Loron C. Cox. In order to renovate this property downtown, grow our services, invest in technological infrastructure, and continue our core program for another 50 years, the agency is launching a Golden Anniversary Capital Campaign.
There is a critical unmet need for affordable, accessible and approachable mental health counseling services in our Central Coast communities. Over the past year, we have received the largest number of inquiries and referrals in our history (over 2,200 clients seeking therapy in 2017 in comparison to 600 in 2011).
In San Luis Obispo County “There are approximately 4,432 children and 5,145 adults (9,586 total) on Medi-Cal who have mild/moderate mental health conditions. In total, the Holman Group (CenCal’s mental health managed care contractor) authorized services for a total of 1,833 clients in 2014.”
“Integrating Behavioral health Primary Care Services in San Luis Obispo County” June 2015
$2 Million for purchase and major renovations at 676 Pismo Street, as well as operational infrastructure and endowment. A successful campaign will yield services for 1,000 more clients, training for 50 more therapists, and 50% more program space.
With more than 2,300 square feet, our new clinic at 676 Pismo Street will include seven individual therapy rooms, three administrative offices, a conference room and a reception area. This 40% increase in therapy space will allow CCC to extend our reach to an additional 1,000 members in the community, and train and involve an additional 50 volunteer therapists. Parking and accessibility has been expanded thanks to an agreement with St. Stephen’s church. Connecting with the current Reverend, Ian Delinger has brought the history full circle, as it has been Father Ian and Vestry Board Member Raymond “Bud” Zeuschner that were enthusiastic and supportive of the mutual benefits that could come from being neighbors again. As St. Stephen’s celebrates their 150th anniversary there is a fitting numerology and perhaps one could say, cosmological energy, pulling the two heritage organizations together.
Architecturally speaking, the building has a high pitched Jenkins-head gable roof. The structure has many unique characteristics including a triple gable front, horizontal stick work, a cross gable and steep roof. The most prominent feature is the entry with a recessed square porch. A wood arch with a keystone and brackets support an ornate gable.
The Community Counseling Center is a “heritage non-profit,” founded in 1968, that can now proudly say it is the owner of a “heritage house” located at 676 Pismo Street downtown San Luis Obispo. Known historically as the Greenfield House, the two story wood frame structure was built in 1892 by Canadian born butcher, Clarence T. Greenfield and his wife Ella. The Greenfield’s purchased the lot from John Michael Price, and subsequently added onto the structure in 1903. Located in the Office Professional zone, the Greenfield house will be the future flagship therapy center and administrative headquarters of the agency. As fate would have it, the Greenfield House is located adjacent to St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, the original office location of the agency from 1968-73. This generous sharing of office space was thanks in large part to the sponsorship of Ministerial Association member and the Reverend of St. Stephen’s, John Fuller. In fact, the credit for forming the Family Services Center, as it was originally named, goes to the Ministerial Association and its pioneering advocacy for affordable mental health counseling services in San Luis Obispo County. As a result the agency has been a model program for engaging and training professional volunteers ever since.
Construction Progress: CCC is making new gains and headway each week. Enjoy the timeline of photos from the beginning of the campaign and construction to it’s current point.
There truly is no time like the present. Every gift makes the difference between direct services for those in the greatest need. Your donation now truly matters.
Every donation is an important step towards opening the doors of 676 Pismo Street and the new Community Counseling Center flagship therapy center, and is 100% tax deductible.
For major gifts, naming opportunities or multi-year pledges of support, please contact James Statler, Executive Director, at (805) 543-7969.
Thank you again for being in our corner and helping actualize Community Counseling Center’s new hearth and home, the Greenfield House, downtown San Luis Obispo.