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 G. Hache, Executive Director
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 lived of troubled, neglected, abandoned and abused youth.
After receiving a Bachelor’s 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 the 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.
Shugella Weaver-Thomas, Residential Program Director
Shugella Weaver-Thomas, a 2016 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from President Barack Obama, has committed over thirty-five years to providing leadership and directorship to non-profit organizations that provide therapeutic residential services to neglected, abused and abandoned children and adolescents.
Shugella has also served for five years as the President of the Board of Directors for N-Action Family Network, Inc., is a member of the National Association of Female Executives (NAFE), and has been headline featured in the Inland Empire Business Review Article (Volume 3, Number 6, Meet Shugella Weaver-Thomas). She is a Certified Life Coach who founded the non-profit organization Enrichment Coaching Services & Associates, Inc. which is designed to provide women with moments to restore, revive, and rejuvenate.
Shugella’s life mission is to be a builder and fulfill God-given visions, talents, and purpose in the hearts of all women He places before her, as well as a philanthropist to assisting others to self-sufficiency.
Adrianna Vermilion, LMFT, Clinical Director/Head of Service
Adri Vermilion has been 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 in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University in 2000. She has a passion in 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.