Celebrating 50th Anniversary.
Home of Guiding Hands (HGH) was founded and incorporated by an ambitious group of community leaders in 1961. The organization opened its doors in 1967 to provide essential services for infants, adolescents and adults diagnosed with an intellectual or developmental disability such as Down syndrome, autism, epilepsy or cerebral palsy.
For the past several decades, HGH has been committed to providing quality community support and care throughout San Diego, and more recently, Imperial County. They are best known for their premium residential care, where the agency can rightfully boast the ownership and operation of 31 well-maintained group homes in suburban neighborhoods. HGH is one of the largest providers of support and services for the developmentally disabled in the community, serving more than 2,500 individuals each year.
As August 8, 2017 marked the actual 50th Anniversary for the organization, they hosted an event in their new Resource Center, which doubled as an open house for the new facility they purchased in 2016. Over 400 community members attended the festivities. Attendees comprised HGH Board members, elected officials, philanthropists, clients, families, industry advocates and neighboring businesses. Guests were greeted with live music, catered BBQ, and unlimited desserts from Sweet Treats food truck. The open house showcased the newly renovated, 25,000 square foot building that features a sensory room, art room, music room, training center and on-site counseling offices. The new Resource Center will also be the permanent home base for Home of Guiding Hands administrative and clinical staff.
During the official ceremony of the Anniversary, Senator Joel Anderson, Assemblyman Randy Voepel, El Cajon City Councilman Steve Goble, and San Diego Regional Center C.E.O. Carlos Flores, presented proclamations. Additionally, 15 employees were recognized for their 25-plus years of service, with one employee, Teresa Boisvert, celebrating 41 years with the organization! HGH President, Mark Klaus, said at the event: “It is with a humble heart and gratitude that I am able to stand here before you today. This impressive group has a collective 477 years of unwavering dedication to the HGH family.”
Mark Klaus has been at the helm of HGH for eight years. During his tenure, he had doubled the workforce to over 800 employees and has successfully raised two of the three million dollars needed to acquire, renovate and furnish the new Resource Center. As Mark reminded the audience that afternoon, “the capital campaign is still ongoing, with naming rights to the new building still available”. If you would like to take a tour of the center or support HGH and their mission, please visit www.guidinghands.org.