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Project Independence’s Client Tran Test Drives Carr Manufacturing

The Project Independence Supported Employment program successfully matches a job with someone with a developmental disability like Victoria. Dan Pittman, Neighbor Posted Tue, Mar 23, 2021 at 9:50 am PT Nonprofit Project Independence (PI) of Costa Mesa is pleased to announce that the organization’s client Victoria Tran has joined the staff of Carr Manufacturing Company, Inc. in Lake Forest. Her new job was secur
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Nonprofit delivers holiday cheer

Thursday, January 14, 2021  Project Independence, a nonprofit in Costa Mesa, wrapped and delivered thousands of everyday items to adults with developmental disabilities over the holidays. Along with hundreds of dollars in cash and gift cards, the organization’s volunteers brought games and myriad household products to its clients. Many of the items were donated by users of the website nextdoor.com, according to a sta
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Walk for Independence Sponsor Thank You Featured in LA Times

Serving people with developmental disabilities takes more than a walk in the park. But it’s a great start! Thank you to the generous sponsors of our 10th Walk for Independence that celebrates independent living for people with developmental disabilities throughout Orange County. With your support, we are building a community one step at a time.
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Nonprofit Provides Job Opportunities for Developmentally Disabled

By Zack Tawatari PUBLISHED 12:52 PM ET Jan. 30, 2019 This production line is a well-oiled machine. From one set of arms to the next, these volunteers load packaged meals into coolers at the Costa Mesa Senior Center. Jennifer and Goldy make a good team and quick work of this truck-load of food, organizing it in minutes. Their efficiency can’t be beat. And after accounting for each item, the meals are ready to be deliv
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For homebound seniors, nutritious Meals on Wheels; for developmentally disabled adults who deliver them, a sense of purpose

THERESA WALKER | thwalker@scng.com | Orange County Register PUBLISHED: January 21, 2019 at 7:30 am | UPDATED: January 21, 2019 at 7:30 am Gunars Bundza wants the volunteers who deliver meals every weekday to his second-floor apartment to know how much he appreciates it. He is 87 and can’t walk much anymore, let alone bring groceries up a flight of stairs. He had just received enough food on Friday, Jan. 18, to last h
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OC County Register/OC Marathon Good Works

Project Independence of Costa Mesa has received $9,300 in donations following the nonprofit’s participation in the 2018 OC Marathon and OC 5K race. Project Independence’s ninth annual Walk For Independence is set for Sept. 8 at Tewinkle Park in Costa Mesa. Go to proindependence. org for more information. The nonprofit says 87 cents of every dollar raised goes directly to support programs for people with developmental
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Access 2 Adventure

More than a dozen adults with developmental disabilities found adventure on the water Wednesday when they tried their hands at outrigger canoeing at the Newport Aquatic Center. The paddlers are clients of the Costa Mesa-based nonprofit Project Independence and participate in its Access 2 Adventure program. The activity was arranged with the Makapo Aquatics Project, which was founded in 2007 to provide recreational ou
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Orange County Regional Center Awards Project Independence

The Orange County Regional Center award two Annual Spotlight Awards to Project Independence at their Spotlight Awards Gala on March 2nd. CEO/President of Project Independence, Debra Marsteller was given the Spotlight Lifetime Achievement Award for over 35 years of working with adults with developmental disabilities. Accepting the award from the Director of the OCRC, Larry Landauer,on her behalf was the Project Indepe
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A. Marsteller Lifetime Award!

Project Independence, Business Milestone: Debra Marsteller, CEO and president of Costa Mesa-based nonprofit Project Independence, has been honored with the Regional Center of Orange County’s Lifetime Achievement Spotlight Award! The Regional Center funds many of PI’s programs, which support adults with developmental disabilities.  Marsteller was recognized for her nearly four-decade commitment to advocati
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Costa Mesa Walk for Independence draws hundreds to aid people with developmental disabilities

by Daily Pilot staff  | os Angeles Times | September 9, 2017 More than 200 people strolled through Costa Mesa’s TeWinkle Park on Saturday morning during the annual Walk for Independence. The event, in its eighth year, is put on by Project Independence, a Costa Mesa-based nonprofit that helps people with developmental disabilities. Participants on Saturday, including individuals whom the nonprofit supports, received a
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