And so, in 1972 CARH was formed with a mission to enrich the lives of adults and children with intellectual disabilities in the greater Bay Area. Since day one, CARH has raised vital funds for its community programs by collecting generous donations of clothing and housewares from local households, then marketing the goods for sustainable resale and recycling uses.
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.
|Gary Sostchen||President||Retired Operations Director|
|Linda Cliff||Vice-President||Program Manager/Technology Group Kaiser-Permanente|
|Dennis Metaxas||Secretary||Retired Civil Engineer|
|Bob Herron||Treasurer||Retired Environmental Supervisor|
|Kristin Petersen||Human Resources||Mental Health and Behavior Support Specialist|
|Ruby Kissick||Fundraising||Marketing/Event Planner|
|Herb Wilson||Retired Architect|