And so, in 1972, The Community Assistance for the Retarded and Handicapped was formed, joining with Bud Norquist to create a thrift store public/private partnership. CARH collected charitable thrift donations from local households, to be sold in the Thrift Town chain of second-hand stores in the greater Bay Area.
Initially, CARH hoped to underwrite the social and recreational activities not provided by other governmental or community agencies. Ultimately, their dream was to create a special needs community in which others, like their son, could call their own.
Four decades later, CARH collects charitable donations from households in over 5 counties. Over 2,000 clients enjoy a social calendar of events ranging from movie matinees to dances, picnics, and other group activities, clients attend summer camp paid for in part by the Campership Tuition Program. Financial assistance is provided for basic needs such as wheelchairs, eyeglasses, and special beds, in addition to our Mobile Dental Hygiene and "A Wonderful You Days"
Our founder, Leo Guidotti passed away on July 16, 2003. But he lived long enough to see his vision realized in the smiling faces of our growing CARH family.
|Herb Wilson||President||Retired Architect|
|Linda Cliff||Vice President||Program Manager/Technology Group Kaiser-Permanente|
|Dennis Metaxas||Secretary||Retired Civil Engineer|
|Bob Herron||Treasurer||Retired Environmental Supervisor|
|Deb Pal||Board Member||Retired Electrical Engineer|
|Gary Sostchen||Board Member||Retired Operations Director|
|Kristin Petersen||Board Member||Mental Health and Behavior Support Specialist|
|Ruby Kissick||Board Member||Marketing/Event Planner|