A Legacy of Quality Services for People with Disabilities
Home of Guiding Hands, originally known as the Lutheran Association for Retarded Children, was founded in 1961, as the result of a small but dedicated group of businessmen who wanted something better for their loved ones. At the time, it was common for children with disabilities to be sent to live in large institutional facilities far away from their families. In 1967 when HGH began operations, the comfortable 15-person homes and serene campus setting were welcome changes from the large and clinical state institutions of the day. Children with disabilities thrived as a result of the compassionate care they received from HGH.
In 1986, our name was changed to Home of Guiding Hands and the organization that helps individuals with disabilities became non-denominational. Over the years HGH branched out to provide additional services such as workshops, school, day programs, as well as independent living support and in-home respite care. In the early 2000’s, the decision was made to close the campus and relocate 150 residents with disabilities into small group homes in several San Diego neighborhoods, in order to provide the opportunity for residents to fully engage in community life. In 2011, HGH assumed operations of two entities that provided early intervention and transportation services.
Home of Guiding Hands has evolved from that 14-acre campus in Lakeside, to operating 27 residential homes. HGH provides a wide range of services throughout San Diego and Imperial Counties for over 4,500 men, women, and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities every year. HGH is proud of our long record of advocacy and high-quality services for people with disabilities.