Our Story


Board Of Directors

    • David Bentz, President
    • John Sullivan, Secretary
    • Vicki Snyder
    • Susan Dunn
    • Connie Schlobohm

The History of CALL

Creative Alternative for Learning & Living, Inc. (CALL) was conceived by parents who unsuccessfully sought community placement for their son. Their son was a resident in a State Development Center. Upon retiring, Howard Jennings and his wife, Marjory, developed a preliminary proposal, which was sent to 10 regional centers in the State of California. This proposal was to provide residential care plus a Day Training Activity Center (DTAC) coupled with community experience in a working environment.

Tri-Counties Regional Center and Area Board IX had the perfect request for proposal (RFP). A needs assessment was completed to determine the most pressing un-met needs for adults with developmental disabilities, individuals who were either under served or un-served. Without the entire package of a DTAC along with the residential programs, it could not succeed.

In October 1988, CALL was awarded the challenge. Howard and Marjory Jennings worked together as a team. They received three grants totaling $48,000.00 matching them by one third. All monies had to be spent up front and reimbursed after expenses were billed. Since this was a brand new business, they also became the guarantors of all loans, insurance and bonds.

Howard’s background and experience included 15 years as the Executive Director of Las Trampas School, Inc. in Layfayette, CA. Las Trampas School was a large facility serving 87 individuals with developmental disabilities in three dormitories, two group homes, plus a day program and recreational therapy program. Marjory’s experience with business and management enabled them to work together as a team to birth Creatie Alternative for Learning & Living, Inc.

The CALL founders and developers chose Atascadero for their place of business and began the arduous task of putting the programs together. The success and timeliness depended largely on the City Planning and Development, as well as State Licensing.

On September 15, 1989, a full team of newly trained staff, and 18 clients (both community and state institutional) were brought together. The whole system of services was in place for a simultaneous beginning. For Howard and Marjory Jennings this was a dream come true, and nothing short of a miracle.