About Angel View

Angel View’s mission is helping children and adults with disabilities reach their maximum potential. Each year, we help hundreds of people make significant gains toward independence through three primary programs: Residential Care, Day Program and Angel View Outreach.  We accept clients without regard to race, color or national origin; we make every effort to accommodate our clients’ cultural and religious customs.

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (tax ID # 95-1861861) dedicated to enhancing our clients' quality of life through innovative programs and frequent outings, Angel View relies heavily on grants and donations. We receive Medi-Cal funds for some client services, but our care exceeds our level of reimbursement. Your support is appreciated!

Our History

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Angel View was founded in 1954 on a natural hot mineral water spring in Desert Hot Springs, CA by a group of parents whose children suffered from polio. The therapeutic waters, considered among the highest quality in the world, soothed the children's aches and pains and helped in their rehabilitation.

The visionary founders named the new charitable foundation Angel View after a naturally occurring rock formation at the base of Mt. San Jacinto. With dedication of purpose and generous supporters from local communities, a 52-bed rehabilitation hospital was constructed on donated land on Miracle Hill Road.

Originally, clients were cared for at this facility which now serves as the headquarters of Angel View's therapeutic Day Program. When polio was eradicated, Angel View expanded its treatment program to care for children and adults with developmental disabilities, most of whom also have physical disabilities. Many of our clients have some form of paralysis; approximately 70% require the use of wheelchairs.

Since those early days, Angel View has built and currently operates 19 six-bed group homes where clients receive loving care in family-like environments. For many years, residential care was our only service. But to keep pace with changing community needs, in 2008, Angel View launched a Day Program for adults with developmental disabilities from throughout the Coachella Valley. The program has been so successful, it’s been expanded three times. Most recently, to assist families struggling to raise children with disabilities, we started Angel View Outreach, which provides essential support and services at no cost to families. The program is funded entirely by donations.

Since the outset, Angel View has raised funds for its programs by operating Resale Stores. Starting in the 1960s with one shop in Palm Springs, originally run by the Auxiliary, Angel View has developed a thriving network of 20 Resale Stores throughout Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Proceeds from store sales are a critically important source of funding that enables us to provide our clients with a better quality of life. Shops in Desert Hot Springs, Palm Springs, Cathedral City and Indio are among the oldest continuously operating resale stores in the Coachella Valley.

Angel View is committed to monitoring community needs and providing services to care for individuals with disabilities. To accomplish this mission and ensure long-term sustainability, in 2012, Angel View’s leadership undertook a comprehensive strategic planning process. This strategic plan defines Angel View’s future direction and provides a roadmap for building capacity. The plan will help us achieve our vision of being a premier provider of compassionate and quality services for people with disabilities.

To learn more about us, please browse this site, our newsletters and our recent media coverage. If you have questions, please email us at info@angelview.org.

Timmy

Timmy’s Story

Timmy spent his childhood baffling the medical community. His digestive issues and seizure activity were so profound, doctors didn’t understand how he could still be alive. His mom devoted herself to medical research and finding a place that could care for her son. Between hospitalizations, he lived in various group homes in New York. At the last one, he had so many injuries his mom sought another solution. They headed west.

Since moving into an Angel View home, Timmy is calmer, more expressive, and has far fewer seizures. He loves the staff, his housemates, our therapy dogs and his word board. He’s so adored by staff, his mother says happily, “Now he has more than one mommy.”