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All aboard for adventure! Nonprofit Project Independence of Costa Mesa is pleased announce that special events professional Melissa Trujillo has come onboard as the volunteer coordinator of our Access 2 Adventure (A2A) program. Brought back through the ongoing generosity of the Louis & Gladyce Foster Family Foundation, the popular program will feature exciting adventures on Zoom and in person following all health
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Meals & Dignity For People in OC Affected by COVID-19

A newly formed army of local nonprofits, donors, agencies and volunteers are teaming up with Orange County restaurants with a single mission in mind — to deliver some 5,000 fresh meals each week to those hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic. Members of the collaboration Delivering with Dignity Orange County are combining their public and private networks and resources to find individuals and families most in need
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Families First Rebate: Per the bill: “For the vast majority of Americans, no action on their part will be required in order to receive a rebate check. This includes many low-income individuals who file a tax return in order to take advantage of the refundable earned income tax credit and child tax credit.” For those who have already filed 2018 and 2019 taxes and whose information is up to date and accurat
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Jami Countryman Joins Project Independence Board of Directors

Accomplished educator and community volunteer Jami Countryman recently joined the Board of Directors of 40-year-old Costa Mesa-based nonprofit Project Independence that serves people with developmental disabilities in Orange County.   Countryman has been an educator for over 27 years and has a Master’s Degree in special education. She is the mother of two boys with developmental disabilities. She has spent years
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Orange County health officials now can test for coronavirus

The Orange County Health Care Agency said the tests have to be requested through a doctor or hospital – no walk-ups to the agency’s lab. Our risk is still low but follow advice of CDC. Wash hands for 20 seconds Stay home if you’re sick Cough and sneeze into your elbow Wipe down your work area w soapy or antibacterial wipes Take care to be healthy by eating well, drinking fluids and sleep enough Practice f
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A Tribute to Dolores Ohler

Dolores Ohler, dedicated board member, donor, and friend to Project Independence, passed away November 2nd, 2019.
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Kathy Degnan-Grunwald is Retiring!

After working at Project Independence for over 20 years, Kathy Degnan-Grunwald is retiring!  We don’t say goodbye to this beautiful soul but see you later. May the wind be at her back, and we wish her the best in this next chapter of her life!
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ADA Anniversary

Today is the 28th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) – please join us in keeping the spirit of the law alive by advocating for the ABLE Age Adjustment Act (S.817/HR 1874)! The Ask: Today, ask your Members of Congress to support this legislation by: Emailing them directly. Calling their Washington, D.C. offices. The Details: In 2014 Congress passed the ABLE Act, which authorized the creatio
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Doe and Stag Candles Partners with Project Independence

Miranda Davidson, owner of Doe and Stag Candles, has generously offered to donate 100% of all profits from the sale of D&S candles and other products to Project Independence in support of their mission of serving over 700 adults with developmental disabilities. “I am part of the Project Independence Family through my brother Jonnie who lives with severe developmental disabilities. Project Independence serves both
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Donor Reception 2017

This year Project Independence celebrates 40 years of serving adults with developmental disabilities throughout Orange County. This benchmark would not have been reached without the support of donors and client employers. To celebrate we gathered with our supporters and community partners on May 4th. Family, friends, employers and a broad reach of supporters came together to celebrate with music, food, smiles and lau
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