When Disability Services first began in 1966, we were known as the Apostolate for the Mentally Retarded. The name has changed over the years to reflect the times and the removal of the words “mentally retarded”. In addition to the different names we’ve had, we’ve also had many different Directors. Throughout the year, we’ll share with you a bit about each of these Directors.
Our first Director was Fr. Joseph Goebel. He served from 1966-1972. In addition to being our first director, he served two 4-year terms on the Cuyahoga County Board of Mental Retardation (now CCBDD), was on the Governor’s advisory council for disabilities, and was the first vice-president of the “National” Apostolate for the Mentally Retarded.
Fr. Goebel was responsible for beginning so many of our programs, including Camp Happiness with Bill Tighe (who will definitely get his own post!). He was also chaplain at Rose-Mary Center!
The pictures below show a few articles we found in some photo albums given to us by Pearl Cahoon, another who will get her very own post! She was the long time secretary, and more, including being the Interim Director of the Apostolate! The Apostolate could not have survived without Pearl!