Twenty-six Young Adults with Disabilities to Graduate from the Center for Higher Independence at Providence Place

GraduatesSAN ANTONIO- Thursday, June 11, 2015- After long months of effort, challenges and struggles, on Friday, June 26, at 10 a.m. 26 young adults with disabilities will cross the stage for the 41st annual Center for Higher Independence (CHI) graduation ceremony at Providence Place, formerly known as Methodist Mission Home. It’s the largest graduating class in the past 10 years.

“This event is always very inspiring,” says Judith Bell, Interim President and CEO. “It is wonderful to see students making strides they never dreamed of to achieve a life of new and exciting independence.”

For more than 40 years, CHI has helped thousands of young adults with disabilities master life skills such as how to budget, prepare for an interview, job search, ride the bus and cook to reach their personal level of independent living. Eighty percent of the graduates started a new job in recent weeks or months.

Founded as a transitional education center for people who were deaf and hard-of-hearing, today CHI’s services have expanded to accommodate more diverse physical and cognitive disabilities.

During the ceremony and along with testimonials from the graduates themselves, keynote speaker First Lt. John Arroyo will encourage graduates to follow their dreams despite obstacles. Arroyo is an Army officer who was severely wounded in a shooting at Fort Hood last year. He recently received the Army’s highest non-combat honor for valor.

After the ceremony, guest will enjoy lunch at the Providence Place cafeteria.

For more information, please contact Maria Valenzuela, Marketing Coordinator at Providence Place, at 210-696-2410 ext 181 or


About Providence Place

Since 1895 through Action Adoption, Providence Place has reached out to expectant mothers faced with an unintended pregnancy and to families wanting to adopt a child.

Through the Center for Higher Independence, formed in 1974, Providence Place has helped thousands of young adults with disabilities to gain the life and work skills to live a life of greater independence.

Today, through its Ectropia program, it also forms collaborative partnerships with nonprofits serving women, children and people with disabilities to share buildings and resources.

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