April 2014
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Visiting Cupid surprised 225 clients! Feb 2014 New Bulletin ready for Download

Inside this issue:
Visiting Cupid Photo Gallery p2
CARH Bazaar p3
Community Corner p4
Volunteer Connection p5
What’s Up at CARH! February Recipes p6
Movie Matinees p7

Bulletin Ready for Download

Since 1990, CARH’s “Visiting Cupid” program has been capturing the hearts of those we serve living with intellectual disabilities.  On February 10th and 11th, “Visiting Cupid” surprised 225 clients at several Adult Day Programs by delivering Happy “Valentine’s Day” wishes, hugs, and gifts.  This fun holiday is one way we can help celebrate “Valentine’s Day” with those we care about in our community.  By filling the hearts of those we serve with joy, we know we are working     towards our mission to enrich the lives of those living with intellectual disabilities, which makes Valentine’s Day a special day for all of us.  We would like to thank our “Visiting Cupid” for helping us bring joy to those we serve in our community.

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CARH’s BINGO and Chex, arrived for a surprise visit.

CARH’s BINGO Day participants were happily engaged in a fun day at the Michael Guidotti Center on Saturday, February 1st, when a familiar friend, Chex, arrived for a surprise visit.  Eyes lit up with delight when folks saw their buddy stroll through the door during intermission.  It didn't take long for a line to form with eager guests wanting to take turns greeting their adorable furry friend. 


Chex, a large, huggable, Newfoundland, therapy dog, accompanied by his owner Hazel Jacoby, has been making appearances at CARH events and activities for many years bringing added pleasure to our programs.  Many of the clients we serve have not had an opportunity to be a pet owner.  When Chex visits CARH, the clients receive unconditional affection.  Chex is well known for his big kisses and polite handshakes.  Our clients have come to adore this gentle giant.  Chex seems to appreciate all the attention too. 


Thank you, Hazel Jacoby and Chex for bringing added happiness to CARH’s friends. 

Open, Open OPEN! Rummage Sale Castro Valley January 18 and 19th 2014 8am to 2pm.

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Annual Holiday Luncheon January 2014 Bulletin Ready for Download

January  2014 Bulletin Ready for Download  

In 1980, CARH hosted its first Annual Holiday Luncheon.  This extraordinary event marked the beginning of a new CARH tradition that continues to bring Christmas joy to those living with intellectual disabilities.  Thirty-three years later, the number of individuals joining CARH has grown by leaps and bounds.  As a result, the demand for all of our services is greater than ever.  In December, we hosted not one, but three Santa’s Jingle Bell Rock Parties.  CARH hosted an event in Castro Valley, Newark, and Oakland to accommodate nearly 1000 guests who registered to attend the festive holiday events.  Each event provided CARH’s friends with a live DJ, dancing, entertainment by the Tap Dancing Christmas Trees, caroling, a raffle for a chance to win darling plush stuffed toys, a delicious pizza lunch, and topped off by a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus bearing gifts for all.  CARH wants to thank everyone who attended and made these events a huge success.  We also want to extend a big thank you to our valued volunteers and community supporters who make it possible for CARH to keep enriching the lives of those we serve.  It is important to keep this tradition alive.  What a good time!

Thank you to All-Guard Security Systems plus

CARH wants to give a huge thank you to All-Guard Security Systems in Hayward for adopting us as one of their charities. By including us as a recipient of their Holiday Donation Drive, they have helped to spread yuletide cheer to those we serve living with intellectual disabilities. All-Guard Security Systems Marketing Manager, Bettina Skehan, spearheaded the drive. She wanted to bring the All-Guard team together and celebrate the holidays by giving back to the community. The donation drive was a huge success. Thank you, Bettina, and all of the wonderful All-Guard staff for making seasons bright for so many special individuals. Your holiday collection was a great
benefit to our organization and those we serve.

Over the holidays, you may have received gift cards for stores, restaurants, and entertainment that you do not need. By donating your unused gift cards to CARH, you will support our Birthday, and Wish program that help enhance the quality of life for those living with special needs. So if your gift cards are not being used, please donate them to CARH and don’t forget, it’s tax deductible too! For more information about CARH’s programs call 510-537-6611.

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Holiday programs and events allow us to bring smiles of joy during this special time of year December 2013 Bulletin Ready

December 2013 Bulletin Ready for Download 

Inside this issue:
Visiting Santa Program
Photo Gallery p2
CARH Bazaar p3
Community Corner
Way’s You Can Help CARH! p4
In Memory of Ramona Finlason
Volunteer Connection p5
What’s Up at CARH!
Recipes p6
Movie Matinees & Bingo Day
Birthday’s of the Month p7

CARH has been making the Holiday Season brighter for the past forty-one years for so many adults and children with intellectual disabilities.  Our Holiday programs and events throughout December allow us to bring smiles of joy during this special time of year.   CARH’s Visiting Santa Program provides those we serve a surprise visit from Santa and his helpers bearing wonderful gifts for everyone.   In order to accommodate the many requests for Santa visits; during a two week period CARH Santa’s will have visited over 30 day programs for the developmentally disabled in Alameda, Contra Costa and Solano  Counties.  With a number of the facilities having upwards of 100  participants it certainly gives “The Big Guy in Red” a lot of Yuletide cheer to spread around. When Santa enters a facility he is greeted with beaming faces, cheers of excitement and big hugs as he personally  delivers each gift with a Happy Holiday greeting.  The broad smiles say it all!  It is the joy we bring to those we serve that inspires all of us to want to keep this CARH tradition alive making sure that no one is  forgotten. This year Santa visited a total of 1,782 CARH friends. We would like to thank Santa our community donors, our very special Santa Sew Volunteers, Community Integrated Work Program (CIWP) in Hayward and Redwood Place-Telecare Corp for helping make our Holiday program a huge success.  Happy Holidays!!  

PS.. Shop at AmazonSmile and Amazon will make a donation to CARH, Inc.
Start your Holiday Shopping and help CARH raise funds at the same time by participating in Amazon’s charity donation program called AmazonSmile.  
Amazon is giving their customers an opportunity to help their favorite charity by offering a new version of its website called  Customers pick their charity and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to that charity.  Just go to and select Community Assistance for the Retarded and Handicapped, Inc. and start shopping!  That’s all there is!  Happy Shopping!!  

Donations Roll in for CARHs Dental Hygiene Program

Donations Roll in for CARH’s Dental Hygiene Program

A huge thank you goes out to a wonderfully generous donor; who would like to remain anonymous, for donating $3,000 to CARH Mobile Dental Hygiene Program.  Thanks to you many of our clients will be able to continue to receive free preventative dental care.

Thank you for adopting CARH as your charity and for caring about those we serve with special needs. 

Another huge thank you goes out to St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Danville for their generous donation of $2,500 in support of our dental program as well. For the past 4 years St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church Outreach Ministry has selected CARH as one of their annual

recipients of this generous grant as part of their outreach program in their efforts to help those in need outside of their own community.  Thanks to the generosity of these two donors CARH’s 2014 Mobile Dental Hygiene Program is well on its way in providing healthy smiles on our clients.

Photo: Vicki Harris

CARHs HARVEST MOON DANCE plus November 2013 Bulletin ready for down load

Bulletin ready for down load

2013 Visiting Ghouls photos

All of CARH’s invited ghosts, goblins and convicts too were out on October 25th at the Greek Church in Oakland attending our Annual Harvest Moon Dance. What a night!! The party was a huge success in providing a full evening of Halloween excitement for over 330 guests. All of our friends arrived wearing the most amazing costumes and eager to partake in the spook-tacular festivities. As each guest checked in they were given a bag full of fun treats. It didn’t take long for live DJ, David Goulart of Unforgettable Memories to quickly fill the dance floor with dancing feet. He played a variety of hits including Halloween favorites “Thriller”, “Ghost Busters” and of course the ever popular “Monster Mash”.  Everyone enjoyed

boo-gying with their friends. At the craft tables our guests had a great time utilizing their artistic skills creating bat bandanas, spider, pumpkin and black cat ornaments and other fun crafts. All of CARH’s events are special to our clients with intellectual disabilities, but what makes the Harvest Moon Dance stand apart from the others is the generous donation of Fuddruckers hamburgers. We would like to thank Fuddruckers Restaurant owner, George Almeda, for adopting CARH’s Annual Halloween Dance as his own and making sure that every year our clients can enjoy a fabulous Fuddruckers hamburger meal. Other goodies included popcorn, bowls of candy and cake for dessert. After dinner our guests participated in a special raffle for stuffed critters. We would like to thank everyone for coming; especially our wonderful volunteers for making this event extra special!!  



CARH Rummage Sales

CARH Rummage Sales


We have received an amazing positive response from our community in support of CARH’s Rummage Sales and recent Holiday Boutique. Many happy shoppers return again and again finding great bargains on quality merchandise. All of our items are priced to sell!! Since holding these special fundraisers six months ago we have gained an incredible amount of public support. The number of CARH supporters has grown since our beginnings in 1972 and the number of devoted supporters just keeps on growing. It is wonderful to hear “We donate to you because it is just a great cause!”, “CARH is such a wonderful organization; how can I help”? or “I would like to sign up to volunteer.” When we hear comments such as these we know we are doing our job. Finding great bargains and being able to support the special needs community at the same time is a great incentive to want to keep coming back to our fundraising rummage sales. In fact, due to the tremendous response and requests for more sales, a CARH Bazaar will be held on the third weekend of every other month, so that all of our eager returning patrons can plan ahead.


Holiday Boutique Rummage Sale

Holiday Boutique Rummage Sale Saturday and Sunday October 19 and 20th

Holiday Boutique Rummage Sale
Saturday and Sunday
October 19 and 20th! 9am - 3pm.
Open, Open, Open!!!
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20513 Almeda Street, Castro Valley, California 94546
Proceeds help our local charity.
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