Rev. Dr. Phillip Pledger, a California native, has always had a desire to serve people with special needs. Pledger has spent most of his career as a pastor in the Lutheran Church, but he will begin a new professional endeavor by taking over ownership of an existing Right at Home office in Yucaipa, Calif.

Pledger received his undergraduate degree from Concordia University in Irvine, Calif. in 1980, his Masters of Divinity from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Ind. in 1984, and his Doctorate from Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, CA in 2009. His work assignments have included working with hearing-impaired people in north Wisconsin and the upper peninsula of Michigan, as well as serving congregations in Huntington Beach, Ontario, and Yucaipa, Calif. In 2006, Rev. Pledger began working as the executive director (now president) of Lutheran Braille Workers.

In addition to professional experience, Pledger also had personal experience serving others while caring for his ailing family members. “My father died in 1980 from cancer; we tried to serve his needs, but it was hard because there were no home hospice options available in California at the time,” he said. “When my mother had cancer, it was the same scenario. My wife and I lived with her for the last part of her life and were her primary caregivers.”

When Pledger started considering business ownership, he wanted to continue to serve others. Once he started looking into franchise opportunities, he found that becoming a franchisee with Right at Home met this criterion.

Why did you choose an opportunity with Right at Home?
For most of my life, I’ve been interested in owning a business, especially one that would allow me to serve people while being my own boss. Right at Home’s mission fit with my values and personal mission. Really, I wanted to continue doing what I was doing before—helping care for populations with special needs, including seniors.

Founded in 1995, Right at Home offers in-home companionship and personal care and assistance to seniors and disabled adults who want to continue to live independently. Local Right at Home offices are independently owned and operated and directly employ and supervise all caregiving staff, each of whom is thoroughly screened, trained, bonded and insured prior to entering a client’s home. Right at Home’s global office is based in Omaha, Nebraska, with over 300 franchise offices located in 44 states nationwide and in Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland and the first U.S. in-home senior care franchise to enter China and Brazil. For more information on Right at Home, visit About Right at Home at or read the Right at Home caregiving blog at To learn more about franchise opportunities with Right at Home, visit