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Wellness Center use increasing


Last updated 7/29/2021 at 3:52pm

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The Fallbrook Regional Health District's Wellness Center buildings are available for support group or community group meeting

Rick Monroe

Special to Village News

Rachel Mason, CEO of the Fallbrook Regional Health District, is urging groups to use the Wellness Center buildings. Classes and other activities were eliminated by COVID-19 restrictions, but the facilities are again available for use.

The center was purchased by the health district in 2018 and began operating a year later. It includes the main structure (a former church sanctuary), a building with six classrooms, and a house that was the parsonage.

Trustees of the district have been finalizing long-term use of property at 1636 E. Mission Road for more than a year. Some activities at the center have resumed, but Mason said she would like more community groups to take advantage of using the center.

A consulting firm helped board members identify short-term and long-term plans for the three buildings. The short-term use can be by existing organizations using the buildings, as well as activities sponsored by FRHD.

District directors established a "Just Do" list of programs last month and they are still being finalized. Mason called them a "moving target."

Mason said she is still interviewing applicants for the administrator position for the Wellness Center. "I hope to have the person hired by mid-August," she said.

The district is beginning to work with an architect on how to improve its function. Potential design plans were discussed July 21 by the district's Strategic Planning Committee.

"We will have a discussion at the August board meeting (Aug. 11) about design features, so we can start to guide the architects as they put together some concepts and define a scope of work," Mason added.

"What we are really looking at now is for any group that holds support group or community group meetings to know that the center is available for these events," Mason said. "We anticipate that we'll be able to accommodate lots of groups who have information to share with the community and/or who are offering support to those in need."


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