7 results for tag: WLCAC


SCCC-Watts Flourishes!

In March 2018, the Southern California Counseling Center opened the doors to its first-ever satellite location in Watts on the campus of Watts Labor Community Action Committee or WLCAC. Today, six months in, SCCC-Watts is thriving. “When we signed the lease at the start of the year, we didn’t know what to expect,” said Marianne Diaz, Director of Outreach Services (photo). “We were told that the community would not be willing to pay for mental health services and that local residents wouldn’t be interested in non-court-ordered counseling. Turns out, not only is the community interested, they’re also comfortable with sliding-scale ...

SCCC-Watts Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was a beautiful event!

On March 22, SCCC directors, supporters, counselors, staff along with LA community leaders braved the rain to celebrate the grand opening of the Southern California Counseling Center's new satellite facility in Watts.  While it was chilly outside, plenty of warmth was shared by everyone who made it to the event.  It was a landmark day in the history of the Center... and the foldies from Locol were pretty delicious as well.    

Volunteer gardeners spruce up SCCC’s new Watts building with a succulent garden!

Beginning in January, 2018, SCCC began leasing a 6-room building on the WLCAC campus to function as a satellite counseling center in Watts.   The building is already busy with clients, counselors and groups.  On Sunday, February 18th, Kim Cookson, Director of SCCC's Trauma & Resiliency Training & Services program, lead a team of volunteer-gardeners in planting a succulent garden around the exterior of the new building. Don't let the familiar brick exterior fool you... this is not Mid-City Special thanks to Kim Cookson, Will Daniel, Melinda Vyvyan, Michael Manzo and Candace Yoder for spending their Sunday hard at work in Watts

SCCC Outreach Counselor Michelle Chong receives grant from the Department of Cultural Affairs

SCCC congratulates Outreach counselor Michelle Chong on her recent grant from the Department of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles to bring a photography workshop for teens in the Watts community. "With the city’s four goals as our guideposts, the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) is pleased to announce a program of community investments (grants) for independent artists to act as 'artists-in-residence' at non-arts sites of their own choice. This program seeks to fully support multi-week interactive projects that aim to stimulate: community dialogue, life-long learning opportunities for the public, and the availability of interesting free or ...

Men’s Anger Management at WLCAC in Watts – an SCCC Outreach program

The Southern California Counseling Center has partnered with the Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC) to offer Anger Management programs to men and women in the community.  We asked two of the group’s facilitators, Michael Manzo and Lance Tango, to share a bit about their experience with the group. “The class itself is of great benefit”, confirms Michael. “Most of the men come from a rough upbringing consisting of violence, drugs and negative behavior.  I think as men, opening up and sharing feelings is something that is not presented to them as a child.  Some men, who have struggled with their feelings since elementary school ...

SCCC’s Gang Reduction & Youth Development (GRYD) group in Watts

The Southern California Counseling Center’s Outreach program, in partnership with the Watts Labor Community Action Committee, offers a Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD) group to the community. The program provides youth with a positive alternative to at-risk and destructive behavior. Funded by the City of Los Angeles,  GRYD combines youth and parent leadership training to create a comprehensive violence, crime, substance abuse, dropout, absenteeism, low academic and vocational achievement prevention program. Raquel Serrano, one of the group’s facilitators, describes her experience with the program: “In the youth empowerment ...

CARING CONNECTIONS: SCCC’s Collaborative Partnerships are Key to Maximizing Impact in the Community

--by Clay Crosby, LMFT, SCCC Associate Clinical Director Partnership and collaboration are highly valued concepts in today’s mental health field.  Agencies are actively seeking ways to work together to serve their communities more effectively and efficiently.  The Southern California Counseling Center (SCCC) works with other organizations throughout the Greater Los Angeles region in service of our stated vision, “to create empowered communities where mental health care is a right, not a privilege.” Our newest collaboration is with the Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC).  SCCC’s Outreach Program is providing both individ...