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About Us

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. 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

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. Eighteen of the homes are classified as Intermediate Care Facilities for the Developmentally Disabled (ICF/DD homes) and provide 24-hour residential care to children and adults with developmental disabilities. The nineteenth home is a Congregate Living Health Facility for ventilator-dependent clients with muscular dystrophy.

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

Who We Help

Angel View helps children and adults with disabilities who live in our group homes as well as those who live in private homes in the Coachella Valley and High Desert. Adults from many valley communities participate in our therapeutic Day Program, headquartered in Desert Hot Springs. We also assist local families struggling to raise children with disabilities through our Outreach Program.

Since Angel View’s doors first opened in 1954, we have accepted clients without regard to race, color or national origin. The only requirement is a qualifying disability.

We Serve Individuals With:

Acquired head injuries
Cerebral palsy
Downs syndrome
Intellectual disabilities

Musculoskeletal diseases
Neuromuscular diseases
Orthopedic disorders
Seizure disorders
Spastic quadraplegia
Spina bifida

When an individual is placed at an Angel View home or is admitted to our Day Program, our Interdisciplinary Team assesses his or her condition and capabilities. In addition to assessing the client's ability to benefit from Active Treatment, we also identify the client's unique:

The functional assessment includes the client's physical development and health, nutritional status, sensorimotor development, affective development, speech and language development, auditory functioning, cognitive development, social development, adaptive behaviors or independent living skills necessary to function in the community, and as applicable, vocational skills.

Within 30 days of admission, information from the assessment is used to develop the client's individual program plan. All subsequent interventions and services must accomplish the objectives of the individual program plan; all staff who work with the client follow the plan. As objectives are achieved, or as skills are gained or lost, the plan is reviewed and revised as needed.

The Gross Motor Program is an important part of the individual program plan. Working with a physical therapist, the client and his or her family, objectives may include range of motion, use of standers, ambulation activities and wheelchair mobility. The use of a wheelchair, either manual or powered, is an important part of independence at home and in the community.

If you have a loved one who needs placement at an Angel View home or in the Angel View Day Program, or a professional seeking to place a client, please contact us today.

How We're Funded

The old saying, "It takes a village," is particularly true in Angel View's case.

Through Medi-Cal, the State of California reimburses agencies like Angel View for medical and transportation services. We raise extra funds to provide enhanced services like quality of life outings, the purchase of specialized medical and communications devices, and advanced therapies that allow our residents to achieve a high degree of independence.

As a result, we rely heavily on the generosity of our benefactors: grantors, donors, and donors to and patrons of our resale stores.  Through your contributions, we are able to provide enhanced services that separate Angel View from more basic care facilities. Increased nursing care for the medically fragile, transportation and supervision for special outings, our annual prom and Spring Fun Days at Camp Forrest, are just a few examples.

Angel View is proud to report that we keep our administrative costs low. Approximately 92 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to support our clients with special needs. For more information on our organization, click our listing. To donate, click here.

Board and Management

Angel View is governed by a volunteer board of directors who donate their time and expertise. All are committed to ensuring the high-quality care we provide our clients is perpetuated through strong fiscal oversight and policy making.

The board meets monthly September - June. The public is invited to comment at the start of meetings held in February, May and September. Please contact us for specific meeting dates and locations, or you may submit a comment online that we will provide to the board.

Walter Johnson, MD, President

Henry Kotzen, Acting President/Vice President
Nursing Home Administrator

Martin H. Russell, PhD, Treasurer
Retired Educator

Carole Landon, Secretary
Retired Business Owner/Crisis Center Grief Counselor

Helene Kalfuss, PhD, Director
Retired Speech Pathologist

Kira Lee Klatchko, Esq., Director
Attorney at Law

V. Manuel Perez, Director
Governmental Affairs

Rich Wheeler, Director
Retired Educator

Melvyn Haber, President Emeritus
Hotelier, Restaurateur


Angel View's senior management team brings a wealth of knowledge to our daily operations. All have many years of experience in their chosen fields.


Executive Director: Patti Park
Controller: Mary Meze
Director of Program Services: Cindy Cliburn
Director of Development: 
Duke Graham
Director of Grants and Communication: Catherine Rips


General Manager: Tracy Powers
Assistant General Manager: Shelly Lee


With approximately 440 dedicated full-time and part-time employees, Angel View, an equal opportunity employer, is one of the largest private employers in the desert and surrounding communities. We often have openings for qualified professionals as well as for applicants with minimal experience, both as healthcare workers and resale store clerks and management.

Homes and stores are open seven days a week, with shifts to suit many different needs and situations. None of the stores stay open late so they offer some of the best retail hours in the area. Most positions are full-time and eligible for benefits; we try to promote from within whenever possible.

Along with competitive wages and knowing that you're helping make a difference in the lives of people with severe disabilities, Angel View offers an outstanding benefit program including:

We are currently accepting applications for Direct Care Staff positions in Palm Springs, Thousand Palms, Desert Hot Springs and Joshua Tree.

Please apply in person at our Administrative office, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. at 67625 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Suite 7A, Cathedral City, CA 92234, and every Thursday from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. at 12379 Miracle Hill Road, Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240.

To apply for retail positions, visit any of the stores to complete an application. Please click this link to see current openings.

Contact Us

At Angel View, caring for our clients is our number one priority. However we take extra care to involve families and friends whenever possible, so we welcome your input. For information about our services, facilities, or our foundation, please give us a call today.

Merchandise Donations - Home Pick-ups: (866) 670-8666
Resale Stores: Shelly Lee, (760) 322-2440 x 216 

Client Services and Client Placement: Patti Park, Executive Director, (760) 329-6471
Monetary Donations/Events: Duke Graham, Director of Development, (760) 835-0464; 
Employment Opportunities: (760) 329-6471
Grants/Marketing: Catherine Rips, Director of Grants and Communication, (760) 413-3432

For information on any of the following topics (or others!), please click here to fill out the form or email us at

Administrative Offices

67625 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Suite A
Cathedral City, CA 92234
Phone: (760) 329-6471                            
Fax: (760) 329-9024                

Resale Store Offices

454 N. Indian Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Phone: (866) 670-8666
Fax: (760) 322-5622