DESERT FRIENDS OF THE DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED

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Russell William Benson (1940-2012)
Co-Founder

HISTORY

Desert Friends of the Developmentally Disabled

In September of 2009, Desert Friends of the Developmentally Disabled (DFDD), a 501(c)3 non profit, public benefit charity was created to address the needs of the developmentally disabled population in the Coachella Valley.

DFDD conducts seminars on Special Needs Trusts and Conservatorships. A new social program has been developed for our special needs clients, it is a dance class that meets every Saturday morning throughout the year. “High Hopes Dance Troupe” performs at our Annual Tea and Fashion Show, and now will be performing at various functions in the Coachella Valley. Many of our adults have no outside connections, and this will allow them to become socially active.

DFDD presently conducts one major fundraiser during the year; The Annual Tea and Fashion Show is held in February. DFDD also co-sponsors along with The Jackson Garrett Band, a Peace and Awareness Concert held on the first Sunday of each Month. Proceeds from this benefit concert are donated to DFDD Clinical Services, (dba We Care Dental).


MISSION

The Desert Friends of the Developmentally Disabled (DFDD) a 501(c)3 non-profit, public benefit charity is dedicated to meeting the special needs of developmentally disabled individuals, veterans and the elderly by providing low cost, affordable care and services.

VISION

The vision of DFDD is to enhance the quality of life and well being of its target populations by developing vital services that include dental care, podiatric care, housing, financial counseling, job training and family respite care.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
MARIANNE BENSON, CO-FOUNDER

JEFF CRIDER
CRIDER PUBLIC RELATIONS, INC.

RICK GILBERT
AGUA CALIENTE CASINO RESORT SPA

MELVIN GLICK, D.D.S.
WE CARE DENTAL CENTER

STACIA DOYLE
PROVIDENT BANK

RUSSELL BENSON, CO-FOUNDER
DECEASED (3/17/12)

DAN MCGRATH
CBS RADIO

RICHARD MOTTLER

ANN OSTERMAN
RETIRED

PAMELA TURNER

WILLIAM C. WHEELER JR., JD, CAE

HEIDI WINTER

MEDICAL ADVISORY BOARD

ROBERT OSTERMAN, M.D., J.D. RETIRED