In 1976, The Saluda Center opened its doors in a ministry of compassion to those seeking counseling services. The Center was established by Bethel Presbytery, now Providence Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church (USA), to provide this counseling to individuals, couples, and families. Within a short period of time, two additional purposes were included in the mission of the Center, those being training of clergy and other professionals, and providing growth services for personal and emotional needs. At the time, these services were not available in the local area. While having grown over the years, the Center has never wavered from these purposes.
The Center began with three therapists, all part-time. The Rev. David B Riddle, Ph.D. was the first director. He surrounded himself with individuals who sole objective was to help restore broken relationships and to aid persons to live within the wholeness of life as God intended. The Center began to grow with additional counselors, social workers, clergy, and psychologists. Even as the growth has occurred, the purposes remain unchanged.
Growth has been a hallmark of the center. The First Presbyterian Church in Rock Hill was the first home of the center. At the time, there was plenty of space. Over the years, the Center began to reach out to other communities. Satellite counseling sites were established at the First Presbyterian Church in Lancaster and Purity Presbyterian in Chester.
The Saluda Center is a ministry of compassion supported by Providence Presbyery of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), foundations, and individuals.
The Saluda Center has three main purposes:
- To provide counseling for emotionally troubled individuals, couples and families.
- To provide ongoing training for clergy and helping professionals who wants to increase their competence in this specialized form of counseling.
- To provide growth services for personal and emotional needs.
However, spirituality can play as small or large a role as you choose in your therapeutic process.