Mission & Values

Our Beginnings

Center for Human Development (CHD) was founded in 1972, with a commitment to improve the quality of lives of people in various communities. Over the years, CHD’s staff and several hundred volunteers have provided a spectrum of services that support, guide, and educate more than 14,000 at-risk youth, individuals, and families. The understanding gained through its various services continues to create strong communities, even today.

Our Work

CHD has a number of programs focused on prevention and wellness. These services and partnership initiatives address a large number of issues facing the community, including teen substance use, community violence, and access to healthcare. To make these initiatives effective the staff and volunteers work side-by-side at schools and community sites, throughout Contra Costa County. This process enables CHD to provide a safe and supportive environment, empower program participants, and promote their lifelong resiliency.

Our Mission & Vision


We partner with the community to create opportunities for people to realize their full potential.


We envision healthy, strong, and resilient children, youth, and adults of all ages living in safe and thriving communities.

Our Values

Diversity in the greatest sense of the word.

Volunteerism and Leadership with the power to change lives and advance community goals.

Accessible and Affordable Services benefiting all members of our community.

Group Inclusion inspiring teamwork and unleashing human potential.