Student Wellness Resources
Student Wellness Resources is a function of the Office of Student Affairs that seeks to connect students with the resources they need in order to thrive physically, emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually, especially when faced with challenges to their well-being. Common challenges may include:
- Accessing nutritious foods
- Finding safe shelter or a place to sleep
- Accessing showers or hygiene resources
- Having reliable transportation to and from campus
- Accessing technology or textbooks for classes
- Accessing physical, mental, behavioral health care, and self-help resources
- Managing a disability or illness
- Communicating with your professors about a crisis or significant circumstance
If you need support with any of the above, you have come to the right place!
Wellness Resource Navigation
A primary function of our office is to connect students to the appropriate campus, community, and online resources and supports based on health and wellness needs. For noncrisis situations, students can email us at [email protected]. For more immediate support, submit an APU CARES referral for yourself (or to request support for another student).
Food and Grocery Support
Students who are facing food insecurity in the Azusa area are welcome to visit our food pantry, on the main campus. In addition to grocery items, this location also provides personal hygiene items (including period products). To schedule a visit, or for information regarding the food pantries at our regional campuses, review our APU Food Pantry and Grocery Resources Google Doc or contact us at [email protected]. Student Wellness Resources can also provide limited assistance with the CalFresh application (California’s public benefits program for groceries) and information about additional community grocery resources.
If you are interested in donating to the food pantry, review our Food Pantry Donation Guide.
Student Wellness Resources also partners with the APU Community Garden to support students in need of fresh produce and herbs. Those who are interested in accessing the garden’s resources are welcome to contact the Community Garden at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow the garden on Instagram (@apu.community.garden).
Valentine Fund (Student Emergency Fund)
Through our office, students can request limited financial support for emergency nontuition expenses (e.g., grocery support, emergency travel expenses, medical bills, utility bills, required educational materials). Keep in mind that not all students or situations are eligible—eligibility is determined by financial aid status. If you are not eligible, we will do our best to connect you with alternative support.
If you are interested in donating to the Valentine Fund, you can give online (just type in “Valentine Fund” as your designation). The Valentine Fund is also used to supply the food pantries and cabinets at all APU locations. For more information regarding this donation process, contact University Advancement at (626) 815-5333 or [email protected].
Our office can notify a student’s professors when the student faces health-related complications, family emergencies, or other significant circumstances. These notifications do not excuse the student from their course responsibilities, but they often provide a pathway for further communication between the student and their professors about the student’s needs in relation to the course.