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The mission is to strengthen and enhance services to those with developmental disabilities in San Diego County

December 7, 2011 -- Home of Guiding Hands (HGH), which provides quality services, training, and advocacy for people with developmental disabilities, their families, and others who will benefit, has announced plans to assume the operations and assets of The Charles I. Cheneweth Foundation (CICF).  

Currently CICF provides transportation services to individuals with severe and profound mental and physical disabilities. The mission of CICF is to provide services that enhance the quality of life of people who are challenged by severe and profound mental and physical disabilities.

Mark R. Klaus, HGH Executive Director, and Sister Mary Bartosh, CICF Board President, announced the plans today. The Board of Directors of both agencies recently approved the plans and is excited about the enhanced opportunities that will be provided to some of our county’s most vulnerable citizens. CICF was established in the memory of Charles Cheneweth, who throughout his life, worked to expand the safety net for people with developmental disabilities in an effort to improve their quality of life and to bring together people from all over San Diego with the same passion.

With this expansion of services, Home of Guiding Hands will employ more than 600 staff and support almost 1,000 children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families in San Diego and Imperial County.

HGH Executive Director Klaus said, “Our goal is to make the transition as smooth and seamless as possible and to enhance the services offered to individuals and families supported by CICF and HGH. CICF has an outstanding reputation and a long history for providing quality services and advocacy. We at HGH are thrilled that many of CICF’s Board Members have committed to continue to support the vision of Charles Cheneweth and HGH.”

Sister Mary states, “The entire CICF Board of Directors is thrilled with the opportunity to become a part of HGH. We are truly excited about the opportunities to enhance and expand the scope of services for so many individuals with disabilities in San Diego. Given the increasing costs of doing business and reductions in our funding, we were unable to continue providing the quality and enhanced services that we wanted. The CICF Board looked to HGH due to their experience, infrastructure, values and leadership.”
The organizations will be combined and the programs will operate under the umbrella of the Home of Guiding Hands once final regulatory approval is received by CICF and HGH.


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