What about the building?

The 4 story brown building on the corner of 5th and Elm in Long Beach was built in 1922 and was originally the AT&T Overseas Operator Building. After the Long Beach Earthquake in 1933 the building was rebuilt and continued to be used as a telephone operator’s building.

The building stood vacant for a while and was purchased in the 1980s for conversion to an office building; the developer improved the building seismically but did not complete the project.

MHA bought the vacant property on January 2, 1990 to use as the site for the Village.






 Your support helps those with mental illness live with quality and equality.



Learning Center 

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

~ Nelson Mandela


Our mission is to support the educational growth in people with mental illness, fostering a love for learning, and recognize that each person is an individual and learns at their own pace. 

Learning is used as a tool for recovery to provide hope, empowerment, self responsibility and a meaningful role.  As we work with each member on their educational goals we focus on integrating their interests and strengths and overcoming barriers.


Individualized Plan

We offer five different tracks in developing an individual educational plan:

  • Basic – learning new skills like reading and math     
  • Academic – studying for GEDs, SATs, college assignment assistance and support
  • Career – providing help with resumes, cover letters, job applications and career development
  • Computer – training on any computer needs, including basic computer skills and Microsoft Office
  • Lifelong learner – anything you want to learn, just for the fun of learning!