Wellness Center moves to a new location
Riverside, Calif. (March 8, 2018) – The Wellness Center at California Baptist University has a new home. The center has relocated from Lancer Plaza off Diana Avenue to 3626 Monroe St., adjacent to the CBU College of Health Science campus.
The location is part of the Riverside Christian Schools (RCS) campus that CBU purchased in June 2013. The building was leased back to RCS, which operated a preschool there until June 2017.
The Wellness Center is home to both the Counseling Center and the Health Center. The previous center, which measured 5,415 square feet, is being demolished to make room for a new multi-level, 1,400-space parking garage and the expansion of the campus recreation and athletic performance centers.
The new facility totals 7,080 square feet, providing nearly one-third more space for offices and counseling rooms. The location also provides additional parking for CBU community members who use the services of the Wellness Center.
“Overall, it is a much more pleasant and larger space. It will provide a much better experience for all involved,” said Kent Dacus, vice president for Enrollment and Student Services.
The Counseling Center staff predicts demand for services will increase as enrollment at CBU grows and the stigma of counseling decreases, said Jeff Biddle, director of the Counseling Center.
“The hope and healing that we’re offering is trying to match the expansion of the student body,” Biddle said.
The Counseling Center staff held a prayer dedication for the new location on Feb. 2. Staff members prayed over each area of the new building and wrote prayers and blessings on the concrete floor for the employees and clients.
“We will pray for our clients, we will pray for each other and we will praise the fact that God is going to do miraculous things in this place,” Biddle said at the dedication.