DESERT FRIENDS OF THE DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED

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Russell William Benson (1940-2012)
Co-Founder

  • HISTORY

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    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. Several other programs are being developed – Public Awareness Program; a Best Friends Forever Program, paring a high school or college student with a special needs child or adult to take them to the movies, bowling, shopping, or just out for a few hours. Many of our adults have no outside connections, and this will allow them to become socially active.

    DFDD has an affiliation agreement with University of Phoenix. As DFDD is engaged in several fundraising efforts, the students are very instrumental in volunteering their time and energy to make these events a success.

    DFDD presently conducts two major fundraisers during the year. The Great Santa Run is held in December. The Annual Tea and Fashion Show will be in February of each year.

  • MISSION

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    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

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    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

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    BOARD OF DIRECTORS

    MARIANNE BENSON, CO-FOUNDER

    JEFF CRIDER
    CRIDER PUBLIC RELATIONS, INC.

    JESSE GARCIA
    CREATING A LEGACY, INC.

    RICK GILBERT
    AGUA CALIENTE CASINO RESORT SPA

    LILLIAN KUZMANIC

    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