Mission & History
RHD’s mission is to provide caring, effective, and innovative services that empower people of all abilities as they work to achieve the highest level of independence possible and build better lives for themselves, their families, and their communities.
Each year, RHD provides essential day and residential services to more than 25,000 individuals, while RHD’s community health centers provide care to more than 24,000 patients.
At RHD, you can be part of a new mission
RHD does life-changing work with people in need, but it’s also a national corporation that offers rewarding careers in budgeting, billing, clinical and case management, and much more. RHD is growing nationally and has openings for full- and part-time positions, with an emphasis on hiring veterans. See how veterans have put their skills and experience to good use at RHD.
In 1970, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania enacted and funded its first comprehensive Mental Health/Mental Retardation Act. Bertram Wolfson, RHD Board Chairperson, was asked to form a citizen’s committee to administer a program in Lower Merion Township of Montgomery County – with an initial grant of just $50,000. The committee incorporated Resources for Human Development as a nonprofit human services organization and hired Bob Fishman as its first executive director.
RHD has had just three CEOs in its history. On September 25, 2013, RHD’s Board of Directors announced Bob Fishman’s retirement from RHD with the title CEO Emeritus, with Dyann Roth serving as RHD’s CEO from 2013-2017. The RHD Board of Directors named Marco Giordano as Chief Executive Officer Dec. 18, 2017.
RHD sought to give birth to a new kind of agency that would have the capacity to respond to a wide range of individual and community challenges. It would be an organization whose values would guide it to focus on developing a highly decentralized organization with the broadest possible service mission. From one program, two employees, and a budget of $50,000, RHD has grown into a $200-plus million corporation that employs more than 5,000 people across the country and serves tens of thousands of people in need each year.
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