‘RHD saved my life’

Whether it is a man in Tennessee learning to speak after 52 years in silence, the creation of world-renowned approaches to federally qualified health centers and crisis residences, or cutting-edge creative arts programs for people with intellectual disabilities, RHD specializes in innovative, effective and creative solutions wherever the need exists. Read about the many success stories happening at RHD programs across the country here:


After 52 years in silence, Randall speaks his first words to caregiver Aerry in RHD Nashville.

Toy Story

RHD Rhode Island works with toymakers from Hasbro in an exciting collaboration.

'You're heroic'

March 1, 2017

Iconic actor and activist Richard Gere visited with RHD’s One Step Away and praised the work Philadelphia’s street newspaper is doing to fight homelessness. One Step Away is a source of meaningful income and a voice of advocacy for people experiencing homelessness.

'Idealism and reality put together'

The Please Touch Museum, Philadelphia’s world-renowned children’s museum, began as an RHD program in 1976. Portia Sperr, Please Touch founder, tells the story of an innovative idea that became a great success story at RHD’s nonprofit incubator program.

On-Time Arrival

With support from RHD’s Team ARRIVE, 200 RHD clients who were interested and had the capacity moved from 24/7 residential care into supported independent living in their own apartments.

Center of Excellence

RHD’s Montgomery County Recovery Center was recognized as a Center of Excellence for its work in as a leader in fighting the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania.

In touch

Kelly, an artist who is deaf and blind, finds a new way to communicate at RHD’s Center for Creative Works. Since 2011, artist Kelly Brown has been weaving sculptures at CCW, using her entire body to create pieces that have been exhibited across the country.

A life (still) in progress

Iggy & Antjuan, a couple with intellectual disabilities, kept their family together with support from RHD.

'They just called me Sheila'

See Sheila’s amazing journey from RHD client in an addiction recovery program for mothers experiencing homelessness to college graduate, RHD program director, and strong and capable mother to her family.


RHD’s Center for Creative Works engages in a months-long artistic collaboration with Haverford College students in ‘a true adventure for both parties’ that showed how community involvement helped both groups expand their worlds in new and interesting ways.

For love of the game

With support from RHD Nashville, Erik overcomes his challenges to return to the field and rediscover his childhood love of baseball. Playing in a local league, with his family in the stands, gives Erik a sense of control over his life.

Recovery Diaries

RHD’s United Peers shares journey of recovery in WHYY documentary featuring United Peers client and certified peer specialist Brenda and United Peers director Sheila Hall-Prioleau.

Fighting for Access

RHD Rhode Island helps Stephen turn his personal project into award-winning advocacy, working for improvements in access to public buildings in Rhode Island.