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The Gary Center
341 Hillcrest St
La Habra, CA 90631



What is The Gary Center

The Gary Center is a community non-profit agency which serves more than five thousand individuals annually through core counseling, dental and auxiliary programs such as food distribution and education. It is our goal to provide quality, affordable community based services to families and individuals. Last year, we served more than 5,000 children, teens and adults through 20 programs and services, resulting in 22,000 client visits. Our primary emphasis is on child well-being and educating and supporting the entire family.

The Gary Center Services

The Gary Center provides community services including Individual, family and couples counseling, crisis and stress management, anger management for teenagers, parenting education, domestic violence and drug and alcohol classes, psychiatric services, food distribution, English as a second language (ESL) and computer classes, translation services, case management, and legal consultation services. Our center also offers a full-mouth restoration dental clinic with orthodontic services.

Qualification for Services All services are on sliding scale according to income verification. A paycheck stub or a document from Social Security, Welfare or Unemployment that indicates benefits will be sufficient documentation.


Free Emergency Crisis Counseling
Family, Individual and Group Counseling
Support Group Sessions
Substance Abuse Program
Parent Education Program

Computer Skills Training

This Basic Computer Skills Training course is a 12 week, 4 hours a week program that teaches basic computer skills necessary (such as MS Word, Internet Explorer, email, etc.) for job search and entry level office jobs. The skills taught in this course enable individuals to begin or return to work and help provide financially for their families. Through this program The Gary Center is helping families strive for a better life- a life of dignity, feelings of self worth and self sufficiency. If you are interested in this program, please contact us at (562) 691-3263.

Dental Clinic

Dr. Vasquez, supervising dentist at The Gary Center Dental Clinic, invites you to celebrate our 30th year in providing professional and affordable dental services for both children and adults. Our beautiful clinic s four operatories. We offer services that families of any income can afford. The Gary Center Dental Clinic is one of few clinics in North Orange County that provide low-cost yet high quality services. Our professional staff is bicultural and bilingual, caring and considerate that serve all ages, from 1 years of age to 100.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

The English as a Second Language Class – emphasizes the basics of English, including speaking, listening, reading and writing through conversation, oral and written exercises. Life skills, as appropriate, are taught and the students are exposed to American culture and customs to assist them in feeling empowered and comfortable in America. The program also includes a “Read to the Children” component that promotes self esteem skills.

The ESL class is conducted at the facility and is offered at no cost. Client benefits include expanding employment prospects for those with limited English skills by increasing both English language and job skills, improving a parent’s ability to aid in their child’s English language development by reading to them, helping them with their homework and conversing in English at home. Babysitting and child supervision is provided to all enrolled in classes at no charge so students can attend the classes without the worry of finding childcare services.

Food Distribution Program

The Gary Center’s Food Distribution Program is designed to meet the immediate needs of hungry families, combining nourishment and education for the future. To participate in our Food Program, our clients must be La Habra, CA residents and enroll in our 12-week Healthy Living Classes. We cover topics in Nutrition, Parenting and Budgeting. Through their enrollment, our efforts are to improve their immediate situations while creating healthy habits in the lives of our clients.