Essential Life Center
The center includes a gym, a vegetarian restaurant, a playground, and a chapel. It will also offer health education, a language school, and music education.
Adventist Church president Ted N. C. Wilson rededicated the four-story complex to God’s glory and appealed to church members to remember that a key part of the church’s mission is helping people in big cities.
“On Friday morning, I woke up with a desire to help VitaSalus. I have never been there, but I just had that feeling. Still, I wasn’t sure whether my wife would agree with me, so I prayed a short prayer, ‘Lord, if this is Your will, put the same desire in my wife’s heart.’
The deli also offers shakes, wraps, and vegetarian pizzas, and the children's reading area includes a play area.
The Center will provide health cooking, literacy, and fine motor skills classes in initial phase
The new facilities are the result of a joint initiative of several sponsoring organizations, including the Adventist Church.
Other services include counseling about healthy food, lectures on disease prevention, Nordic walking and cooking demonstrations.
Serving the 100,000 Vietnamese who live in the Greater Los Angeles area, this center offers a Vietnamese language school and an after-school program to help with homework and character building.
“'We don’t do programs. We do community. There’s a difference. Think of us as a ‘missional community.’ . . . Juice bar staff are currently being taught how to form and lead small groups"