PUBLISHED IN THE HOLTVILLE TRIBUNE
BY JULIO MORALESON
FEBRUARY 18, 2022
As modern and appealing as the newly opened Girasol Apartments on Adams Avenue are, a plaque to be installed on the wall outside the office building may yet prove to be its most prominent feature.
That plaque commemorates the late George McFaddin, a former El Centro resident, elementary school board member and tireless advocate for persons with developmental disabilities and their families.
That the plaque honoring McFaddin was on display during the apartment complex’s ribbon-cutting on Thursday, Feb. 17 was fitting, considering he pushed to have 10 of the site’s 56 units set aside for individuals or families with developmental disabilities.
“George made a difference,” said Ed Kenney, vice chair of the nonprofit San Diego-based Foundation for Developmental Disabilities, which also serves Imperial County. “This is his legacy.”
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FOUNDATION FOR DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
The Foundation for Developmental Disabilities (FDD) generates and distributes funds to innovative programs that enhance the quality of life for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs) in San Diego and Imperial Counties. Our four impact areas include Employment, Family Support, Housing, and Self-advocacy. Our Family Support category encompasses initiatives focused on health and wellness, resources, and social connections— assuring partnerships that drive high-impact results for our community.