Personal Growth Center

Program Description:
In 1994, The Guidance/Care Center (GCC) established the Personal Growth Center (PGC) to provide day treatment and drop-in services for the chronically mentally ill. PGC initially was housed in a triple-wide modular unit on the property of GCC headquarters and in 2003 was moved into a permanent structure on GCC headquarters property. PGC has a membership of over 50 individuals who meet the following characteristics: adults (18 years and older) living in Monroe County, diagnosed with a serious and persistent mental health disorder, may have a concomitant substance use disorder, and may be homeless. The facility is used 7 days a week for drop-in services. Monday thru Friday programming includes psychosocial rehabilitation, therapy, and peer support.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • 18 years or older
  • Current diagnosis or history of mental illness
  • Wiliness to share ownership in the clubhouse

Persons Most Able to Benefit from this Program:

  • Individuals recently discharged from a crisis unit
  • Individuals desiring to learn employment skills and decision making skills
  • Individuals desiring to teach and learn from each other


  • Psychosocial rehabilitation
  • Education for members and families
  • Meaningful work in 3 departments
    • Clerical
    • Small Business
    • Food Service
  • Social Activities
  • Nutrition and Wellness Education
  • Basic living skills training
  • Supportive employment opportunities
  • Peer support
  • Self Advocacy

Service Planning:

  • Services are tailored to the strengths, needs, abilities and preferences of the consumer
  • Services promote personal responsibility
  • Treatment planning and related services to be provided occurs directly with the consumer
  • Goals of services are not the sole responsibility of a single staff person or a lone consumer, but are the responsibility shared by all in an active partnership with the consumer

Contact Information:

  • Location: Personal Growth Center in Marathon
  • Phone: (305) 434-7660

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Eleven CARF Accredited Programs:

  • Case Management/Services Coordination: Mental Health (Adults)
  • Community Integration: Mental Health (Adults)
  • Community Integration: Psychological Rehabilitation (Adults)
  • Crisis Stabilization
  • Detoxification
  • Outpatient Treatment
  • Outpatient Treatment: Alcohol and Other Drugs/Addictions (Children and Adolescents)
  • Outpatient Treatment: Mental Health (Adults)
  • Outpatient Treatment: Mental Health (Children and Adolescents)
  • Prevention/Diversion

Equal Opportunity
GCC does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, sex, religion, color, disability, national origin, sexual orientation, or marital status.