V. Manuel Perez Joins Angel View Board
October 13, 2015V. Manuel Perez, chief government and public affairs officer for Borrego Health, and mayor pro tem for the City of Coachella, recently joined the Angel View board of directors, announced Walt Johnson, MD, board president. Angel View provides an array of services for people with disabilities.Perez first became acquainted with the 60+ year old nonprofit after taking a tour of Angel View facilities while he was the region’s California State Assembly Member representing the 56th Assembly District.
“I’ve been impressed with what Angel View provides to people with disabilities since I first met some of the clients a few years ago,” Perez said. “The cause is near and dear to my heart. The effort of the entire Angel View organization is God’s work. It is my honor to serve an organization that brings hope and great service to many with disabilities. I look forward to being able to use my experience to advance the mission of one of the desert’s oldest and most loved nonprofits.”
“We couldn’t be more delighted that Manny has joined our board,” noted Dr. Johnson. “He brings a unique set of skills that can help us in many ways. We look forward to working with him to meet the growing needs of people with disabilities.”
Perez is a Coachella native who was raised in the eastern Coachella Valley. He graduated from Coachella Valley High School, then U.C. Riverside before earning a master’s degree at Harvard University. He is a former member of the Coachella Valley School Board, where he helped secure $250 million for new facilities. From 2008-2014, he served three terms in the state Assembly. He was a member of many committees, including Health, Aging and Long-term Care; and Veterans; and rose to leadership first as chair of Jobs Committee, Democratic Whip, and ultimately Democratic Majority Leader.
While serving in the Assembly, Perez was instrumental in ensuring mitigation funds generated by AB1318 would be spent in the Coachella Valley. Angel View was able to use grant funds from that program to purchase five clean burning natural gas trucks for its resale store operations.
Angel View offers three primary services for people with disabilities: 24-hour residential care for children and adults with disabilities, a therapeutic Day Program for adults with disabilities; and Angel View Outreach, which provides free supports and services to local families struggling to raise children with disabilities. Angel View resale stores generate vital revenues that enable the nonprofit to provide an exceptional quality of life for clients.
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Her dad called Angel View because he had heard about our wheelchair lending program. Created to help kids in urgent situations, the program enables children like Carrina to use a mobility device of ours until their insurance approves a replacement. Though officially it’s a lending program, we often give chairs to children in need, only asking for a return if the child outgrows it or no longer needs it.