Dedication and Service
Guiding Light Home for Boys, Inc. Children are our future. Whom they become tomorrow is essentially the outcome of how they are raised and nurtured today. As CARF Accredited, we go above and beyond to provide our youth with an empowering environment where they can fully embrace their identity and gain all the skills they need to be successful.
Our goals are to shape the way they live their lives and teach them the fundamentals of social responsibility, healthy living, and cultural acceptance. Our treatment programs utilize evidence-based, trauma-informed, and strengths-based fundamentals in order to support healing from traumatic experiences and transition them into permanency.
Agency Mission Statement
"To Strengthen the mind and spirit of children with emotional problems, special learning difficulties, and developmental needs by providing specialized programs in a nurturing, caring, and therapeutic environment."
To help guide young men on their journey to be successful and accomplished adults
Saving Lives, Restoring Families, and Enriching Communities...
Guiding Light has years of proven successful treatment of troubled adolescents, their families, and/or the significant supportive people in their lives. Therapeutic services are evidenced-based, trauma-informed, strengths oriented, and seek to develop a strong, permanent external, supportive community network for every youth served in our program.
Candace Hache, MFT
Emerging from a life of adversity and circumstance, Candace G. Hache has set out to make a difference not only in her own life, but in the lives of troubled, neglected, abandoned, and abused youth.
After receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration in 1998 from Cal State San Bernardino, Candace went on to follow in the footsteps of her beloved grandmother, Mercedes Ripoll, who was the owner-operator of Mercedes and her Angels, located in Palm Springs, CA. Candace took ten years of fond memories working for her grandmother to found and license Guiding Light Home for Boys, Inc., a non-profit organization serving troubled adolescents. Her ongoing pursuit to fulfill her life passion and God-given vision continues to show through her daily commitment to be a “guiding light” to the youth served by the organization.
Candace furthered her passion by completing her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Cal Baptist University in 2010. She strives to continue to have her grandmother’s spirit and compassion guide her journey in helping youth heal from their troubled pasts.
Adrianna Vermilion, LMFT, Clinical Director/Head of Service, Program Director
Adri Vermilion has been a Board of Behavioral Sciences Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) since 2003. She has dedicated over twenty years to specializing in the treatment, recovery, and healing of children and adolescents, both in providing direct services and in directing and guiding agencies to run successful therapeutic programs.
Adri earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Redlands in 1997 and went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University in 2000. She has a passion for working with troubled youth, striving to assist them to create healthy fulfilling lives, despite the adversities they have experienced.
Throughout her career, she has held a variety of positions in non-public schools, residential homes, and in both community and county-contracted mental health programs. She has a small private practice and also consults with other agencies to assist in the successful implementation of their therapeutic and residential treatment programs. She holds certificates in a number of different treatment modalities and evidenced practices and supervision of clinical staff, and is certified by the Association of Batterer’s Intervention Prevention for domestic violence intervention treatment.