CHD's History

In the 1960s, community services were hard to come by. People struggling with hunger, homelessness, or simple healthcare needs easily got lost in the system. Believing there had to be a better way, a group of individuals instrumental in the formation of CHD—including Bill Seretta, Kathy Townsend, Art Bertrand, Bob Fazzi, and Ruth Carlson—brought life-saving services into homes, schools, workplaces, and community centers instead of sending people away for help. This simple change was a revolution.

Over the years, CHD continued to expand to meet the needs of underserved populations, finding new and innovative ways to make a difference, and keeping the individuals we serve at the center of all we do. Our programming has spanned a broad array that includes behavioral health, substance treatment, community support, intellectual and development disability services, child development and advocacy, housing and homelessness services, and youth welfare programs. Our programs truly run the gamut—from providing cancer survivors with care and comfort to giving adults and children with disabilities an opportunity to participate in athletics and other recreational activities.

Today, community-based care is indeed the heart and soul of CHD’s mission. We offer 80+ programs and services that help people tackle life’s toughest problems. We face setbacks together and we always find solutions. For 50 years, we’ve been fighting for families throughout our communities. We give it our all, every day, because everyone deserves a chance to write their own life story.

Read about CHD’s 50th Anniversary Celebration on October 20, 2022.

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