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History of La Cheim

Celebrating Resilience Since 1974

Since 1974, many thousands of people struggling on their path have walked through our doors seeking help. We offer them a space where they can feel safe; strengthen their sense of hope and self-respect, and gather the skills and confidence to build a brighter future. Our programs' mission and purpose are reflected in our name.

The founders of the organization, Victor Prada and Sister Claudine Hammer, started La Cheim to help at-risk children and youth, who often had given up on themselves and their future. The first La Cheim Program was a school that opened in west Contra Costa County in 1974 in a small basement of a church. 
Over the years, La Cheim has evolved into a multi-service organization with a set of unique programs offering dynamic high-quality education, intervention, residential, therapeutic and health services to communities throughout Contra Costa and Alameda county.
We all need help at some time on our journey. La Cheim continues to enriche the lives of children, youth and adults by providing life-changing support and services. 
Today, La Cheim's leadership staff ensures that we give the most support possible to the people we serve and prepares them for a better future.  Although we have evolved into a larger agency, La Cheim remains true to our philosophy of building on each person's unique strengths and our commitment to fostering human resilience and potential. After all, La Cheim means "to life!"
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