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Angel View relies heavily on fundraisers to provide special programs and outings for our clients, and to maintain our 19 homes. Angel View is often the beneficiary of special events like Barry Manilow's Gift of Love concerts, Jazz in the Gardens at the Gardens on El Paseo, the Pre-Tony Awards party at Toucans Tiki Lounge, the Palm Springs Casual Concours,and the Piranha Swim Team's New Year's Eve Swimathon. If you're interested in helping Angel View by sponsoring an event, please contact us anytime! To lend your support, buy your tickets now. All payments are made via a secure payment processor.
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Media Coverage

Thanks to our friends in the media, Angel View programs and services are often featured in the news, along with our fundraiser. Please click the links below to see stories and news clips.

KMIR:  Angel View on Desert Living, KMIR (6.30.16)

The Desert Sun:  All Kings and Queens at Angel View Prom (4.24.16)

PR Newswire:  Angel View Board President on Special Assignment with World Health Organization (4.19.16)

The Desert Sun:  Angel View Holds 12th Annual Prom (4.9.16)

KESQ:  Many Dance the Night Away (4.9.16)

The Desert Sun:  Angel View Breaks Ground (3.23.16)

KESQ:  Local Nonprofit Breaks Ground on New Resale Center (3.23.16)

KMIR:  Local Nonprofit Angel View Breaks Ground in Desert Hot Springs (3.23.16)

The Desert Sun:  Duke Graham Joins Angel View (3.1.16)

www.oregonlive.com:  Looking for Rare MidCentury Home Furnishings? (2.17.16)

The Desert Sun:  Angel View Wild West Luncheon (2.7.16)

The Desert Sun:  Angel View Opens Relocated Cathedral City Store (2.2.16)

Money Radio 1200:  Patti Park on Business for Breakfast (1.19.16)

The Desert Sun:  Angel View Gleams with Help from Service Group (1.17.16)

The Desert Sun:  McCormick Classic Car Donates VW to Angel View (1.12.16)

The Desert Sun:  Angel View Holiday Bash a Dog-Gone Good Time (1.10.16)

The Desert Sun:  115-Year Old Typewriter Found at Angel View has Rich History (12.26.15)

Hi-Desert Star:  Christmas Tree Sales Benefit Charity (12.10.15)

The Desert Sun:  Barry Manilow Delivers Holiday Wishes with Gift of Love (12.8.15)

The Desert Sun:  V. Manuel Perez Joins Angel View Board (11.3.15)

The Desert Sun:  Great Autos of Yesteryear Casual Concours VII (11.2.15)

Solenoid:  Casual Concours Palm Springs VII Benefits Angel View (8.30.15)

Newsmagazines

Angel View's newsletters are one of our most important ways to communicate with our supporters, recognize donors and sponsors, and show photos of our events and activities. Enjoy an issue today!

Press Releases

Walter D. Johnson, MD, president of the Angel View Board of Directors, has been named head of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Emergency and Essential Surgical Care (EESC) Program in Geneva, Switzerland. The EESE Program was established to take the lead in efforts to reduce global surgical burdens. Dr. Johnson served as interim head of the program from July 2015 until accepting the permanent position in August 2016. Previously, he was on various special assignments to WHO that led him to The Gambia, Republic of Congo, Mongolia, and Switzerland. His travel schedule will allow him to complete his 2015-16 term as Angel View board president.

“Our goal is to develop surgical care capacity in low and middle income countries around the world,” Dr. Johnson explained. “That’s particularly critical since a recent WHO study found that the volume of surgery has increased globally over the last decade but wide disparities in access persist between rich and poor countries.” According to WHO, some 5 billion people still have no access to safe, timely and affordable surgical care.

Similar disparities in health services exist in the Coachella Valley among various segments of the population, Dr. Johnson notes. Angel View’s Outreach Program was created to address gaps in services experienced by local families raising children with disabilities. Many of those families are very low income and experience the same problems with access to care that WHO has identified on a global basis. “The Coachella Valley is in many ways a microcosm of the issues we’re addressing through the World Health Organization,” Dr. Johnson said.
Many people are unaware that access to surgical care is a population-based, affordability and globally relevant issue. “We’re devoted to leveling the playing field so people in areas with a lack of traditional access will have similar opportunities as people in more developed areas,” Dr. Johnson added.

Locally, families raising children with disabilities typically must travel to Loma Linda for specialty pediatric care. For East Valley families, that’s a 170-mile roundtrip many make frequently. To help alleviate the financial burden and ensure children with disabilities are seen regularly by their physicians, Angel View offers mileage reimbursement for miles traveled accessing specialty pediatric care and mini-grants for medical equipment, supplies and services not covered by Medi-Cal.

Prior to joining the World Health Organization, Dr. Johnson was an adjunct professor at the Claremont Graduate University School of Community and Global Health. He was also a Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery at the Loma Linda University Medical Center and served as Vice-Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery there for over a decade.

Since 1954, Angel View has provided a range of services for children and adults with disabilities. For more information or to volunteer at Angel View's stores, visit: www.AngelView.org, email info@angelview.org or call (760) 329-6471. 

For clients of Angel View, every day is a struggle in living “Life Without Limits.” That’s one reason why they are looking so forward to participating in the 26th annual United Cerebral Palsy of the Inland Empire (UCPIE) Palm Springs Bowl-a-Thon, said Patti Park, executive director. The event, to be held August 27 from 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Palm Springs Lanes in Cathedral City, is presented by the Inland Empire Health Plan.

“Physical activity is an important part of living a ‘Life Without Limits,’” Park explained, “even for clients with paralysis. Adaptive equipment enables our clients, who have a wide range of developmental and physical disabilities, to participate in events like adaptive snow and water skiing, wheelchair soccer, climbing walls, and the Bowl-a-Thon. We have a long history of participating in this annual outing, which is one of our clients’ favorite summer events.” Angel View is once again a participating sponsor at the Bowl-a-Thon; each team is comprised of four bowlers. 

“This fundraiser is all about fun for participants and is also an opportunity for lane sponsors to meet our wonderful children,” said Greg Wetmore, executive director, UCPIE. “But it also has a more important goal: to raise funds for our Skillbuilders After-School Programs for children with cerebral palsy and other special needs.” 

Lane sponsorship is $275 and includes a banner at the end of the lane, one team of four bowlers including shoes, lunch and a great time. One or two additional bowlers can be added for $20 each. “You can either use a lane or donate it to the kids,” Wetmore added. To learn more about participating in or supporting the event, call (760) 321-8184.

Founded in 1954, Angel View offers three primary services: 24-hour residential care for children and adults with disabilities, a therapeutic Day Program for adults with developmental disabilities; and Angel View Outreach, which assists local families struggling to raise children with disabilities. For more information, email info@angelview.org, visit www.angelview.org or call (760) 329-6471.

Thanks to a recently approved grant from Desert Healthcare District, local families raising children with disabilities will be able to receive much needed one on one family stabilization assistance from Angel View, announced Patti Park, executive director.

“Angel View Outreach provides free services and supports to several hundred local children with disabilities,” Park said, “but since we don’t charge for services and the program has no source of revenue except community support, we’ve been somewhat limited in our ability to offer case management. This grant from Desert Healthcare District will allow us to spend more time with families who need extra assistance. We would never have been able to do that without the District’s support!”

“We were unanimous in our support of Angel View Outreach,” said William J. Grimm, D.O., president of Desert Healthcare District’s Board of Directors. “One of the District’s goals is to advance health outcomes and we know our investment in this program will make a real difference for local children with disabilities.”

Angel View Outreach was launched in 2012 to help families raising children with disabilities through difficult circumstances. Bilingual outreach specialists meet with parents, assess their needs, and after verifying the children’s medical conditions with their physicians, offer various forms of support. 

“We offer resources and referrals and help completing applications for services,” Park explained. “And because so many local children with disabilities have to travel frequently to Loma Linda for specialty pediatric care, we offer mileage reimbursement. That way appointments aren’t missed due to families’ financial constraints. We also offer mini-grants for medical supplies, services and equipment that aren’t covered by insurance,” she continued, “and award sponsorships so kids with disabilities can participate in sports and recreational activities. It’s so important to their health and wellbeing that they are active and included.”

In addition, this past year, Angel View added support groups to its list of services. “There are a number of groups around the valley that deal with specific diseases,” Park said, “but none besides ours that offers general support to parents raising children with disabilities. That has its own set of unique challenges.”

Because it is so challenging, particularly for low income single parents raising children with disabilities, Angel View approached Desert Healthcare District last spring to discuss thoughts on how best to help. A proposal was developed that was first unanimously approved by the District’s Program Committee, then by the full board. The $144,600 grant will help support a new fulltime staff position for two years and help defray other program costs.

In a typical year, Angel View Outreach assists 400 local children with disabilities, covers the cost of transportation to more than 800 appointments with specialists in Loma Linda, awards 60 mini-grants and 100 activity sponsorships. 

Founded in 1954, Angel View offers three primary services: 24-hour residential care for children and adults with disabilities, a therapeutic Day Program for adults with developmental disabilities; and Angel View Outreach.

For more information on Angel View Outreach, visit: www.AngelView.org/Outreach, email info@angelview.org or call (855) 8AV-KIDS. For general information on Angel View’s Residential Care and Day Program services for children and adults with disabilities, call (760) 329-6471.

On Saturday, June 25, Angel View will open a new 7,200 square-foot resale store at 661 North State Street in San Jacinto. A nonprofit organization, Angel View operates 21 resale stores in Riverside and San Bernardino counties that raise funds for its programs for children and adults with disabilities.

The grand opening is slated for 9 a.m. and will include a ribbon cutting, hourly drawings for gift certificates, as well as a grand prize giveaway of a flat screen TV.

Located near the McDonald’s on State Street, the San Jacinto store will employ approximately six full-time workers. Hours of operation are Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The store will accept donated items including apparel, shoes, jewelry, accessories, books, household goods as well as furniture; donations are accepted during operating hours.

“We are delighted the residents of San Jacinto will be able to benefit from great bargains on our gently used merchandise, all while helping our clients have a better quality of life,” said Tracy Powers, general manager of Angel View resale stores. “Our resale stores play a crucial role in helping to fund Angel View’s programs.”

Each year, Angel View’s resale stores receive more than 3 million pounds of donated material that is then resold, reused or recycled. Proceeds from the sale of the donated items are used to provide a wide range of essential services to children and adults with disabilities who live in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

Founded in 1954, Angel View offers three primary services: 24-hour residential care for children and adults with disabilities, a therapeutic Day Program for adults with developmental disabilities; and Angel View Outreach, which provides free supports and services to local families struggling to raise children with disabilities.

For more information or to volunteer at Angel View's stores, visit: www.AngelView.org, email info@angelview.org or call (760) 329-6471.

The Angel View resale store in Temecula has opened in a new location one minute from its prior site. The store now occupies 7,300 square feet in the Ace Hardware building at 30733 Temecula Parkway, at the rear of the shopping center between America’s Tire and In-N-Out Burger. The resale store is one of 20 Angel View operates in Riverside and San Bernardino counties that raise funds for its programs for children and adults with disabilities.

“What a difference one minute makes!” says Tracy Powers, general manager of Angel View’s resale stores. “Our new location is 35% larger and affords space for furniture and mattresses along with our usual selection of family apparel, accessories, shoes, linens, and housewares.  And thanks to the generosity of local residents, all of those product categories have been expanded to take advantage of the continued growth in donations.” The move was predicated by an inability to expand at the former location.

Located in the shopping center between Pechanga Parkway and Jedediah Smith Road, hours of operation are Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Donations of apparel, shoes, jewelry, accessories, books, household goods and furniture are accepted during operating hours.

In 2010, Angel View opened stores in Temecula and Murrieta as part of the organization’s expansion into western Riverside County. As the new stores matured and began to contribute to the funding stream for Angel View’s programs, a commitment was made to expand in the area. Since then, new stores have opened in Wildomar and Lake Elsinore, the original Hemet store moved to a new site and an Angel View Clearance Center opened in the original location.

Each year, Angel View’s resale stores receive more than 3 million pounds of donated material that is then resold, reused or recycled. Proceeds from the sale of the donated items are used to provide a wide range of essential services to children and adults with disabilities who live in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

Founded in 1954, Angel View offers three primary services: 24-hour residential care for children and adults with disabilities, a therapeutic Day Program for adults with developmental disabilities; and Angel View Outreach, which provides free supports and services to local families struggling to raise children with disabilities.

For more information or to volunteer at Angel View's stores, visit: www.AngelView.org, email info@angelview.org or call (760) 329-6471.

On Saturday, April 9, Angel View will open a new 8,000 square foot resale store at 31712 Casino Drive in Lake Elsinore. A nonprofit organization, Angel View operates 20 resale stores in Riverside and San Bernardino counties that raise funds for its programs for children and adults with disabilities.

The grand opening is slated for 9 a.m. and will include a ribbon cutting, hourly drawings for gift certificates, as well as a grand prize giveaway of a flat screen TV.

Located on the southeast corner of Casino Drive and Diamond Drive, the Lake Elsinore store will employ approximately 10 part-time and full-time workers. Hours of operation are Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The store will accept donated items including apparel, shoes, jewelry, accessories, books, household goods and furniture; donations are accepted during operating hours.

“We are delighted the residents of Lake Elsinore will be able to benefit from great bargains on our gently used merchandise and also help our clients have a better quality of life,” said Tracy Powers, general manager of Angel View resale stores. “Our resale stores play a crucial role in helping to fund Angel View’s programs.”

Each year, Angel View’s resale stores receive more than 3 million pounds of donated material that is then resold, reused or recycled. Proceeds from the sale of the donated items are used to provide a wide range of essential services to children and adults with disabilities who live in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

Founded in 1954, Angel View offers three primary services: 24-hour residential care for children and adults with disabilities, a therapeutic Day Program for adults with developmental disabilities; and Angel View Outreach, which provides free supports and services to local families struggling to raise children with disabilities.

For more information or to volunteer at Angel View's stores, visit: www.AngelView.org, email info@angelview.org or call (760) 329-6471.

On Wednesday, March 23, Angel View will break ground on a 26,250 square foot clearance and transportation center on Dillon Road west of Bearce Road in Desert Hot Springs, announced Tracy Powers, general manager of Angel View’s resale stores.  The project, which will serve as the headquarters for all of Angel View’s resale operations, was unanimously approved by the City of Desert Hot Springs Planning Commission on March 8.

“This project is a win for so many, including people looking for a unique shopping experience, the City of Desert Hot Springs, and most of all, Angel View’s clients,” Powers said. “The revenue generated by the new clearance center, which will feature deeply discounted merchandise that has been marked down from Angel View’s 21 resale stores, will help fund our programs for children and adults with disabilities. It will also provide needed tax revenue for the City, plus provide a number of environmental benefits.”

By moving the clearance center and transportation operations to the 2+-acre industrial site and utilizing  commercial trash and material handling equipment, trips into and out of the valley by long distance haulers will be dramatically reduced. The new location, near I-10 and Hwy 62, will facilitate shipments of baled textiles, bulk recyclable metals, recycled e-waste and pre-crushed and compacted materials.

Scott Matas, Desert Hot Springs mayor, added, “Angel View has been part of the City’s history for more than 60 years. We’re so pleased to support this project that offers so many benefits to our residents, visitors, and clients served by Angel View.”

At build out, the project will consist of 13,325 square foot of industrial space, 9,000 square feet of commercial retail space, and 3,600 square feet of office space. Approximately 40 employees will work at the site.

Angel View’s resale stores accept more than 3 million pounds of donated material each year that is then resold, reused or recycled.  The stores offer shoppers great prices on gently used apparel, shoes, jewelry, accessories, books, household goods and more. Proceeds from the sale of the donated items are used to provide a wide range of essential services to children and adults with disabilities who live in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

For more than 60 years, Angel View has provided residential care to children and adults with a wide range of disabilities, giving family members greater peace of mind. The organization also provides an adult Day Program that promotes independence, and community outreach services that help families raising children who are living with disabilities. Based in Desert Hot Springs, Angel View raises funds for its programs through the operation of 21 resale stores located in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. For more information or to volunteer at Angel View's stores, visit: www.AngelView.org , email info@angelview.org, or call (760) 329-6471.

In honor of their 30th anniversary, on Friday, February 26, Keith McCormick and McCormick’s Classic Car Auction Co. will donate proceeds from the sale of a vintage 1967 Volkswagen Beetle to Angel View. Anticipated to sell for $10,000-$12,000, the auction-generated funds will support Angel View Outreach, a program serving local children with disabilities.

“Keith has always been a tremendous supporter of Angel View,” Tracy Powers, general manager of Angel View’s resale stores, and McCormick’s Palm Springs neighbor.  “We can’t thank him enough for this generous contribution.”

According to Patti Park, executive director of Angel View, “Every $10,000 we receive in donations to our Outreach program enables us to help children with disabilities get to more than 100 medical appointments with pediatric specialists in Loma Linda. Our goal is to ensure no child ever misses a critical appointment because his or her family can’t afford the transportation costs.”

The auction will take place at McCormick’s new auction site across from the Palm Springs Convention Center (277 N Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs). The VW will be on display from 8 a.m.; bidding begins at noon. Palm Springs Mayor Ron Moon will serve as honorary auctioneer. The 1967 Volkswagen Beetle will be the first car off the auction block; 579 will follow. To view the car prior to February 26, it will be on display at McCormick's dealership at 244 N. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs. Admission to the McCormick’s Palm Springs Collector Car Auction on Friday is free. A complimentary Champagne Happy Hour will be offered from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Founded in 1954, 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 operates 19 resale stores in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. The resale stores generate vital revenues that enable the nonprofit to provide an exceptional quality of life for clients.

For more information or to volunteer at Angel View's stores, visit: www.AngelView.org, email: info@angelview.orgor call (760) 329-6471.
For more on McCormick’s Palm Springs Collector Car Auction visit: www.classic-carauction.com/index.cfm

WHO: Angel View

WHAT: Grand Opening New Cathedral City Store Location

WHEN: Saturday, January 23, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m

WHERE: Angel View Cathedral City, 67625 E. Palm Canyon Drive, 

Angel View is moving its Cathedral City resale store from its previous location on E. Palm Canyon Drive near Date Palm to a new building at 67625 E. Palm Canyon Drive. The new building is twice the size of the old Cathedral City store and provides space for administrative offices and programs.

The grand opening will be held on Saturday, January 23 and will include a ribbon cutting, hourly drawings for gift certificates as well as a grand prize giveaway of a flat screen TV.

Angel View’s resale stores accept over 3 million pounds of donated material each year that is then resold, reused or recycled.  Proceeds from the sale of the donated items will be used to provide a wide range of essential services to children and adults with disabilities who live in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.






For the 8th consecutive year, congregants from Desert Cities Church of Christ will celebrate the Martin Luther King Day of Service by volunteering at Angel View, announced local HOPE Worldwide representative and Women’s Ministry Leader for the Desert Cities Church of Christ Mj Saltz. Some 50-100 congregants, from elementary school age to adults, will be on hand from 8 a.m. – noon to help beautify the Angel View campus, which is the site of a therapeutic adult day program for adults with developmental disabilities. Desert Hot Springs Mayor Scott Matas is expected to be on hand to welcome the group.

“Our congregation started participating in this national day of service about 20 years ago,” Saltz explained. “In the early years, we did beautification projects at schools, worked with orphanages, veterans, and canvased low income communities to help supply dental opportunities. When my husband Danny, Lead Pastor for the Desert Cities Church of Christ, and I moved to the desert nine years ago, we decided we wanted to partner with a cause where we’d become like family. We chose Angel View because of the wonderful work they do for people with disabilities. Soon after moving here, our daughter was diagnosed with autism so we formed an immediate, personal connection to Angel View.”

“The Angel View campus is a different palette than when the Desert Cities volunteers first arrived,” noted Patti Park, executive director. “Our headquarters was built in the early 1950s, so a lot of upgrading was needed. We’re grateful to have been adopted by this hard-working group!”

Over the years, the volunteers have painted parts of the building and surrounding fencing, cleaned out Angel View’s wheelchair parts room, sorted parts, helped clean out storage buildings, planted a garden, built a pergola, and more. To volunteer, contact Mj Saltz at mjsaltz72@gmail.com.

The Desert Cities Church of Christ is a non-denominational Christian Church located in Palm Desert; the group is part of the Inland Empire Region. Services are held at 4pm on Sundays at the St. John Lutheran Church. Contact desertcitiescoc@gmail.com and www.ieministry.com for information. Along with sister churches, Desert Cities has been partnering with HOPE worldwide since it began in 1991. HOPE worldwide is an international charity that changes lives by harnessing the compassion and commitment of dedicated staff and volunteers to deliver sustainable, high-impact, community-based services to the poor and those in need.  For more information on HOPE worldwide, visit www.hopeww.org.

Angel view is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that for 60+ years has provided residential care to thousands of children and adults with a wide range of disabilities, giving family members greater peace of mind. The organization also provides an adult day care program to promote independence, and community outreach services that help families raising children living with disabilities. Based in Desert Hot Springs, Angel View raises funds for its programs through the operation of 19 resale stores located in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. For more information or to volunteer at Angel View's stores, visit: www.AngelView.org, email info@angelview.org or call (760) 329-6471.

Dust off those cowboy boots, break out your cowboy hat and make plans to attend Angel View’s Wild West Fashion Show and Luncheon on Thursday, January 28 at Cuistot Restaurant (72595 El Paseo). Proceeds from the annual event benefit Angel View’s Outreach Program, which provides free services and support to nearly 500 local children with disabilities.

The fundraiser, which is almost sold out, includes a delicious 3-course lunch, an expansive outdoor boutique, a silent auction, raffles and live music, emceed by radio personality Dan McGrath from Sunny 103.1 FM. Guests will be transported back to the Wild West, surrounded by hay bales, saddles and other western themed memorabilia and decorations. Tommi Rose, a popular entertainer from Toucans Tiki Lounge, will perform classical county and western tunes.

The shopping boutique will include over 1,200 items thoughtfully selected items from Angel View’s 19 resale stores in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The boutique will feature clothing, shoes, handbags, jewelry and accessories from such hi-end designers like Gucci, Chanel, Pucci, St. John and more. Models, which include three Angel View clients, will walk from table to table showcasing select items.

Attendees will have the opportunity to bid on incredible items from diamond and sapphire rings, Tiffany jewelry and spa packages, to gift certificates to local restaurants. Four massive baskets including BBQ, wine & cheese, fiesta and Italian-themed also will be raffled off.

“We encourage our guests to dress up and really get into the spirit of the event,” said Shelly Lee, Assistant General Manager of Angel View’s Resale Store Division and event organizer. “Our annual luncheon is a unique and different kind of charity event in the desert. It’s a relaxed environment where people can shop and enjoy themselves while supporting a great cause. It also allows us to showcase various ways someone can give to Angel View – donating, shopping at our resale stores, volunteering – there are so many ways people can help.”

The shopping boutique opens at 10 a.m. and the luncheon and fashion show will begin at 12 p.m. Tickets are $75 each. Sponsorship opportunities are also available from $300 to $1,000. For tickets and more information, call (866) 670-8666 ext.1, or email info@angelview.org.


Angel View capped off 2015 with a record-breaking fundraiser.  On December 31, 40+ swimmers participated in the 4th Annual New Year’s Eve Day 100x100 Swimathon raising over $11,000, which is more than the first three years of the Swimathon combined.

“I am elated with the participation from swimmers and donors,” said event creator and organizer Steven Erickson, CPA, managing partner of Maryanov Madsen Gordon & Campbell. “The Swimathon was an amazing way to wrap up 2015 and dive into 2016! The money raised will go a long way toward helping local children with disabilities who are served by Angel View, and we’re already planning on how to raise even more money next year.”

The Swimathon was held at the Palm Springs Swim Center, home of the Piranha Masters Swim Team. Several dozen Angel View clients were on hand to cheer the swimmers on as they swam the 10,000 yards (100 yards, 100 times).

Dana Krueger, Robert Breitel, Abby Kartzinel and Erickson swam even further for Angel View, completing an astonishing 11,000 yards or 6.25 miles. Elizabeth Wickham joined the Piranha Masters in April 2105 and swam a personal-best of 5,000 yards. Piranha swimmers Geoff Johansen and Sunday Tomlin each completed 8,000 yards.

Kartzinel, from Ladera Ranch, is a gold medalist on the 12-and-under 2015 U.S. National Synchronized Swimming team.  As part of her Bat Mitzvah project, for the first time in her life, she swam a 10K and surpassed her fundraising goal of $1,834.

Donations are still being accepted and can be made online at: www.AngelView.org (please note “swim” in the comments field).

Founded in 1954, 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 assistance to local families struggling to raise children with disabilities. Angel View resale stores in Riverside and San Bernardino counties generate vital revenues that enable the nonprofit to provide an exceptional quality of life for clients.

For more information, visit www.AngelView.org, email info@angelview.org, or call (760) 329-6471

The Piranha Masters Swim Team will be making a splash for Angel View on Thursday, December 31, at 9 a.m. at the 4th Annual New Year’s Eve Day Swimathon.

All interested swimmers are invited to participate in the annual fundraiser for Angel View’s Outreach Program, which provides essential supports and services to nearly 500 local children with disabilities. There is no fee to swim, but participants and supporters are encouraged to donate $50-$100. Donations can be made online at: www.AngelView.org (please note “swim” in the comments field).

The Swimathon will be held at the Palm Springs Swim Center (405 South Pavilion Way). Swimmers swim 100 yards, 100 times for a total of 10,000 yards (or 400 wall touches) although there is no requirement to finish the entire distance. Participants typically finish the 10K in approximately three hours.

The event was started by Steven Erickson, CPA, managing partner of Maryanov Madsen Gordon & Campbell, after he saw it successfully executed in another city.

“Angel View is an amazing organization, and I will never stop doing what I can to help raise funds for them,” said Erickson, a former Angel View board member. “The Swimathon not only raises much needed money for Angel View, it also provides us a great way to educate the public.  We want as many swimmers as we can to join in the fun, but if you can’t swim, we still urge you to support this important event.”

“Last year the Swimathon raised over $6,000 for Angel View,” noted Dr. Walt Johnson, Angel View’s board president. “We are incredibly grateful to Steve, the Piranhas, and all the swimmers who have come out to support us!”This year Erickson hopes to raise even more; his goal is to have at least 50 swimmers participating.

Founded in 1954, 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 assistance to local families struggling to raise children with disabilities. Angel View resale stores in Riverside and San Bernardino counties generate vital revenues that enable the nonprofit to provide an exceptional quality of life for clients.

For more information on the Swimathon, visit www.AngelView.org or email Steven Erickson at: steven@mmgccpa.org.
For more information or to volunteer at Angel View's stores, visit: www.AngelView.org, email info@angelview.org, or call (760) 329-6471.

On Saturday, December 5, Angel View will open a 6,400 square foot store at 72747 Dinah Shore, its first location in Rancho Mirage.  The non-profit organization operates 19 stores in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.

The grand opening, slated for 9 a.m., will include a ribbon cutting, hourly drawings for gift certificates as well as a grand prize giveaway of a flat screen TV.
Proceeds from the sale of the donated items will be used to provide a wide range of essential services to children and adults with disabilities who live in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

Angels View’s resale stores accept over 3 million pounds of donated material each year that is then resold, reused or recycled.  The stores offer shoppers great prices on gently used apparel, shoes, jewelry, accessories, books, household goods and more.
The Rancho Mirage store, which will employ half a dozen employees, will be open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“We are excited to be opening a store in Rancho Mirage,” said Tracy Powers, general manager of Angel View resale stores. “Items that are donated and resold in our stores provide critical funding to support Angel View programs.” Angel View has plans to open another location early next year in Lake Elsinore (31712 Casino Drive).

Founded in 1954, 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.

For more information or to volunteer at Angel View's stores, visit: www.AngelView.org , email info@angelview.org or call (760) 329-6471.

Angel View, a nonprofit agency serving children and adults with disabilities, and the City Urban Revitalization Corporation (CURC), a non-profit organization working with the City of Cathedral City, have concluded a property exchange that will enable Angel View to more than double the size of its presence in Cathedral City. The exchange also paves the way for the City’s long awaited re-development of a hotel at the site surrounding Angel View’s existing resale store.

For over 40 years, Angel View previously occupied what residents and shoppers had often referred to as the “big white barn” on E. Palm Canyon Drive near Date Palm. The new location is one mile west of that in the former Touch of Class/Lumpy's Golf store building (67625 E. Palm Canyon Drive) and will be 18,000 square-feet. Half of the space will be used for the resale store, and the remaining will be for office space and programs.

“Our Cathedral City resale store has always been one our busiest locations,” said Tracy Powers, general manager of Angel View resale stores. “We are excited to move to our new, larger location. It’s going to feature a much more modern space to display our gently-used merchandise, plus the additional room is going to be great for expanded programs for our clients living with disabilities.” The new store is currently being remodeled and Angel View plans on moving in to the location in early 2016.

“We are thrilled to assist such a special organization that does so much for people with disabilities,” said Stan Henry, Mayor of Cathedral City.  “The new location places Angel View in an area where other resellers are clustered together to provide shoppers with convenience, choice, and savings on treasures for home and more.”

“We greatly appreciate the City's assistance with the relocation project and look forward to many more years of community support from our donors and customers at our new location,” said Walt Johnson, MD, president of the Angel View board of directors. “Our stores generate vital revenues that enable us to provide an exceptional quality of life for our clients. Every shirt and shoe someone donates or buys turns into a client’s step toward independence.” The new Cathedral City store will be located at 67625 E. Palm Canyon Drive. Store hours will be Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sundays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

About Angel View:
Angel view is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that for more than 60 years has provided 24-hour residential care to thousands of children and adults with a wide range of disabilities, giving family members greater peace of mind. The organization also provides an adult day care program to promote independence, and community outreach services that help families raising children living with disabilities. Based in Desert Hot Springs, Angel View raises funds for its programs through the operation of 19 resale stores located in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. For more information or to volunteer at Angel View's stores, visit: www.AngelView.org , email info@angelview.org or call (760) 329-6471.

V. 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.

For more information, email info@angelview.org or call (760) 329-6471.

Patti Park, formerly Angel View’s chief operating officer, has been named executive director, announced Walter Johnson, MD, president of the board of directors. Dave Thornton, Angel View’s longtime executive director, will assume the role of chief advocacy officer with a new office in Palm Desert.

Park will lead all aspects of providing 24-hour residential nursing care to 110+ children and adults with disabilities at Angel View’s group homes, operations of the organization’s 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. She is also responsible for HR, finance, facilities and administration. In his new role, Thornton will advocate for individuals with disabilities at all levels, sharing the work of Angel View with stakeholders, establishing and maintaining working relationship with other community non-profits, government officials and others.

Prior to her work at Angel View, Park was a regional administrator for the Department of Social and Health Services in the state of Washington. She provided leadership to 650+ employees serving 500,000 clients throughout six counties. Her responsibilities included program management of federal and state programs, quality assurance and service delivery, and operations management including oversight of a $50 million operating budget and 12 facilities.

“We are very pleased to have Patti at the helm,” Dr. Johnson said. “She has done an outstanding job since joining Angel View in 2012 as director of administration. We’re also excited about Dave’s new community relations/advocacy role. As we expand to provide new services to people with disabilities, our opportunities to collaborate with other organizations grow.”

Thornton joined Angel View as executive director in 2000 and led the organization through the building and opening of its newest two homes, and start-up of both the Day Program and Outreach Program.  His new mid-valley office is located at 73-710 Fred Waring Drive, Suite 103.

Angel View’s mission is helping children and adults with disabilities reach their maximum potential. Every year, the 61-year old nonprofit helps hundreds of people make significant gains through a variety of programs. Angel View resale stores generate vital revenues that enable the nonprofit to provide an exceptional quality of life for clients.

For more information, email info@angelview.org or call (760) 329-6471.