Entries by CHD

“Dream Fund Expansion Campaign” for Immigration & Citizenship: WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!

California Human Development’s (CHD) Immigration & Citizenship (I&C) Program has served our immigrant communities for over 20 years. We serve over five hundred people in Sonoma, San Joaquin, and Sutter County yearly. Northern California has thousands of hardworking immigrants who form a vital part of the backbone of our economy. CHD leverages our funding to […]

Pathways to Success

At California Human Development (CHD), we believe that every person deserves the opportunity to have pathways created and doors opened. Our employee, Rosalina Montanez, is an excellent example of what new possibilities are in reach due to these created opportunities. Rosalina Montanez came to the United States in 1985 during the Reagan Administration in search […]


GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement that unleashes the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and their world. GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past eight years, this idea has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of […]

September, New Beginnings and Serving our Communities in the Field

September was a time of growth and being in the community for California Human Development. Our team in San Joaquin was able to get out into the local community and support the area’s farmworkers through supplies distributions. These workers are essential and support the infrastructure of not just California, but our country overall. In this […]

California Human Development Welcomes New CEO, Thomas Stuebner

Over the last few months, CHD has been searching for a new Chief Executive Officer with the passion and resolve to take on the challenge of leading our diversified programs across 31 Northern California counties. Today, CHD is extremely pleased to announce that after reviewing over 100 eligible and qualified individuals the Board of Directors […]

Founding Fathers, Working for Change

A vineyard worker, a priest, and two fraternity brothers; in 1967, this unlikely foursome forged a powerful bond that’s stretched across time and geography to impact more than 700,000 lives and growing.

A Story of Resilience

“Just keep going, never give up.” – Jesus Mendoza
If ever there was a story about overcoming obstacles, this is one. Born in Mexico in 1987, Jesus Mendoza came into the world with his feet crossed and tucked up close to his tiny body. He had his first operation at just three weeks old and endured many more, until at age four his heart stopped on the operating table. Doctors shocked him back to life and Jesus’ family put an end to the dangerous procedures.

Family together at last, daughter meets dad!

For seven days and nights, Tesfahiwet walked through the wilds of the notoriously dangerous Sudan—dodging authorities and wild animals alike. It was the beginning of a two-year journey, ultimately leading him to Northern California where he would be reunited with his fiancé and baby daughter.

Simple Hand Up Has Big Impact

When Frances Ortiz-Chavez was a teenager, she spent her summers picking California’s peaches and tomatoes. Today, she uses her hands for more delicate work, but the impact of her time spent in the fields remains—and speaks clearly—through the art she creates.