CACS was founded in 1975 by CACS’ Executive Director, Chris Bonfiglio and her friend Eileen Falvey, when five young people with significant cognitive and physical challenges were losing their housing. This was at a time when people with developmental disabilities had few civil rights, were supported primarily in large institutional settings and were thought of as not being able to live in the community due to the severity and complexities of their disabilties.
CACS started the first community-based day services program in Marin County which included wage-based employment in 1990. In 1995 CACS began Adult Day Services, community based day service and Supported Living Services. Janette Gordilla was 6-years-old when she moved into the first CACS Residential Living group home in 1975. 20 years later, in 1995 and with CACS support, she became the first person in Marin County to move into her own home with a housemate in what is now known as Supported Living.
Today, Casa Allegra typically provides supports each year for up to 50 adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. CACS owns two long-term care homes with 24/7 RN oversight for 12 adults in San Rafael. In addition to the services and supports, CACS provides stability and meaningful, age appropriate activities for clients throughout life’s stages. CACS is respected for the quality of life and medical care we provide in our residential settings. Clients are referred to CACS through the State of California, GGRC (Golden Gate Regional Center). CACS mentors other prospective agencies who want to replicate our model of person-centered support.