For homebound seniors, nutritious Meals on Wheels; for developmentally disabled adults who deliver them, a sense of purpose

2022-08-09T02:18:03+00:00January 22, 2019|In the News|

THERESA WALKER | | Orange County Register PUBLISHED: January 21, 2019 at 7:30 am | UPDATED: January 21, 2019 at 7:30 am Darrin Mackel community support specialist with Project Independence looks on as Jennifer Elliott, 43, of Huntington Beach walks to an apartment to deliver meals to seniors in Costa Mesa on Friday, January 18, 2019. Elliott and other adult volunteers with developmental disabilities are clients of Costa Mesa-based Project Independence and volunteer to deliver ...

OC County Register/OC Marathon Good Works

2022-08-09T02:18:06+00:00May 21, 2018|In the News|

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 disabilities. Read More

Access 2 Adventure

2022-08-09T02:18:06+00:00May 21, 2018|In the News|

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 outrigger paddling for blind and visually impaired ...

Orange County Regional Center Awards Project Independence

2022-08-09T02:18:07+00:00April 2, 2018|In the News, Press Releases|

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 Independence Chairman of the Board Dan Pittman of Pittman ...

A. Marsteller Lifetime Award!

2022-08-09T02:18:08+00:00March 12, 2018|In the News|

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 advocating, training, mentoring people with disabilities. -The Orange County Register

Costa Mesa Walk for Independence draws hundreds to aid people with developmental disabilities

2022-08-09T02:18:10+00:00October 8, 2017|In the News|

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 T-shirt, a goody bag and breakfast. The ...

Donation helps Costa Mesa nonprofit revive Access to Adventure program

2022-08-09T02:18:12+00:00July 3, 2017|In the News, Supporter Updates|

By LOUIS CASIANO JR. | Orange County Register - A Costa Mesa-based nonprofit that serves those with developmental disabilities in Orange County will restart a popular program to provide its clients with outings and social interaction thanks to a $10,000 grant. The money – from the Louis and Gladyce Foster Family Foundation – given to Project Independence this month will help bring back its Access to Adventure program after budget constraints forced the ...

Project Independence gearing up for walk fundraiser

2022-08-09T02:18:12+00:00June 29, 2017|Event Updates, In the News|

June 29, 2017 |  The Daily Pilot Project Independence, a Costa Mesa-based nonprofit that helps people with developmental disabilities, is looking for sponsors and gathering teams in preparation for its Walk for Independence on Sept. 9. The event at TeWinkle Park in Costa Mesa will support the nonprofit. For more information, contact Todd Eckert at or (714) 549-3464.

Virgen’s View: Costa Mesa man, who is autistic, prepares to run his sixth OC Marathon

2022-08-09T02:18:14+00:00May 4, 2017|Event Updates, In the News|

From Daily Pilot byby Steve Virgen Contact Reporter. On most Saturdays, Marcell Bassett will ditch his running shoes and run on his bare feet. His toes crush into the sand. He prefers to train for the OC Marathon on the beach. He says the work helps with his posture and strengthens his stride. He wants to be ready, and he believes this will help. This applies to a marathon race, but it ...

Health Matters: Workforce diversity includes people with disabilities

2022-08-09T02:18:17+00:00October 28, 2016|Advocacy Updates, In the News|

For 20 years, Marcell Bassett has worked a full-time job in the Recovery Department at IKEA in Orange County.  IKEA, the world’s largest home furnishing company, was founded more than 60 years ago in Sweden. It may not seem remarkable to hold a job for two decades; however, for a person with a disability, it is quite an accomplishment for both the employer and the employee. To encourage employers to ...

Go to Top