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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14 CARF Accredited Programs:

  • Case Management/Services Coordination: Mental Health (Adults)
  • Case Management/Services Coordination: Mental Health (Children and Adolescents)
  • Community Integration: Psychological Rehabilitation (Consumer-Run)
  • Crisis Stabilization: Mental Health (Adults)
  • Detoxification: Alcohol and Other Drugs/Addictions (Adults)
  • Diversion/Intervention: Alcohol and Other Drugs/Addictions (Children and Adolescents)
  • Outpatient Treatment: Alcohol and Other Drugs/Addictions (Adults)
  • Outpatient Treatment: Alcohol and Other Drugs/Addictions (Children and Adolescents)
  • Outpatient Treatment: Alcohol and Other Drugs/Addictions (Criminal Justice)
  • Outpatient Treatment: Integrated: AOD/MH (Adults)
  • Outpatient Treatment: Integrated: AOD/MH (Children and Adolescents)
  • Outpatient Treatment: Mental Health (Adults)
  • Outpatient Treatment: Mental Health (Children and Adolescents)
  • Prevention: Alcohol and Other Drugs/Addictions (Children and Adolescents)

Guidance/Care Center Inc. is sponsored by:

  • State of Florida, Department of Children and Families
  • Thriving Mind South Florida
  • Monroe County
  • Commission for Transportation Disadvantaged
  • and other governmental/private entities.

Client fees and donations are also necessary for the operation of the Guidance/Care Center Inc. Private donations are welcome and are tax deductible

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