Project Independence’s mission is to promote civil rights for people with developmental disabilities through services which expand independence and choice.
- People with disabilities have a right to fully participate in the community and that participation both enlightens and strengthens the community.
- It is important to listen to the hopes and dreams of the people we serve, focusing on the individual, and presenting those services in a dignified and respectful manner.
- That by listening to the hopes and dreams of people we serve, we can help them realize those dreams and lead fulfilling lives.
- Having a job, friends, and home of your own are all intrinsic to a healthy, happy life.
Who We Help
At Project Independence we have worked for over 40 years to serve hundreds of people throughout Orange County build lives of true independence even when challenged with developmental disabilities.
With the help of our wonderful community partners and employers we work from an “Inclusive Model.” Through Supported Employment, Independent Living, and our Daytime Programs, our community grows stronger by including all who hope for a happy and independent life. A life of achievement, accomplishment and inclusion.
How We Got Started
In 2007, two established nonprofit organizations – Vantage and Project Independence – joined forces to better serve the needs of Orange County adults with developmental disabilities. While our merged history is still being written, each organization had a rich, 30-year history prior to the merger:
Vantage Foundation was incorporated in 1977 as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Its mission was to provide quality day support for meaningful community integration and employment for people with the most significant developmental disabilities; through person-centered planning, well-trained staff, and growth opportunities for all. Vantage had a strong commitment to individuals with the most complex disabilities.
Project Independence was established in 1977 by dedicated families of adults with developmental disabilities who envisioned more for their loved ones than lives of segregation, prejudice, and institutionalization. Their goal? To allow adults with developmental disabilities to exercise freedom and personal choice in their own lives. The Independent Living program was the first of its kind in Orange County.