On March 15, Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina inaugurated The Wellness Center at the Historic General Hospital alongside 800 community members and representatives from MAOF and 15 other agencies housed in the innovative facility. Envisioned by MAOF founder Dionicio Morales more than a decade ago and brought to fruition by Molina’s leadership, The Wellness Center brings together nonprofits from across Los Angeles County and centralizes resources for the entire family including preventative health care, nutrition and exercise counseling, social services, and youth services.
MAOF’s programming at The Wellness Center will focus on senior citizens, expanding the program’s service area from Montebello and East Los Angeles into Boyle Heights. Elizabeth Jimenez, Program Director of MAOF’s Senior Citizen Program has been deeply involved with the planning stages of The Wellness Center and expects MAOF’s presence at the facility to fill a crucial unmet need in the community. “The turnout and reception we’ve received so far has been immensely positive and has brought together a diverse population of senior citizens very eager to participate. We are thankful and fortunate to be among the nonprofits selected to maintain office space at this facility. It really gives us an opportunity to serve a larger group of senior citizens and introduce them to MAOF’s wide array of programs.”
MAOF’s office at The Wellness Center will be staffed by two part-time employees and be open Monday thru Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Parking at The Wellness Center is free and shuttles are available to transport visitors from the parking lot to the building’s front entrance. The Wellness Center at General Hospital is accessible via public transportation on Metro Lines 605 and 620 as well as DASH Boyle Heights/East LA and Lincoln Heights/Chinatown Lines.