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Home of Guiding Hands

Our mission is to “improve the lives of those we serve.”

Home of Guiding Hands (HGH) is a 501 (c) 3 corporation. We were founded and incorporated by an ambitious group of community leaders in 1961–operations began in 1967. We now serve more than 3,800 infants, adolescents and adults diagnosed with an intellectual or developmental disability such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy or autism. For the past 52 years, HGH has been committed to providing quality community support, and critical housing throughout San Diego and Imperial Counties. HGH provides a multitude of services ranging from Early Childhood Development, Respite Care, Independent Living, Transportation, Counseling, and what we are best known for: our premier residential housing services.
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To help individuals with intellectual disabilities reach their full potential. ... Read more


To be recognized as the premier provider of a dynamic spectrum of individualized services supporting persons with special needs. ... Read more


To Improve The Lives of Those We Serve... Read more

Additional Culture Details

HGH operates in a fiscally responsible, sustainable and transparent manner. It has been the backbone to our long-time success and one of our agency's greatest artifacts. ... Read more


Provide the highest quality person-centered service as determined by the needs of the clients.

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Company Snapshots

The Verbeck Resource Center on Friendship Drive in El Cajon
Randy Jones, San Diego Padres and long-time supporter of HGH, with Mark Klaus, HGH President/CEO, at the 2018 Golf Classic.
Autrisa has blossomed. She turns three soon and will be graduating from the Early Childhood Development Program.
Brad, HGH Resident, happily receives the 2019 Client of the Year Award. At his sides are donor, Dave Walker (left) of Avista Technologies and Brad's caregiver and buddy, Derek.
Wesley is 19 years old and lives in the Residential Program where he has shared a home with other young men his age for the past four years.