Why Hire?


  • Earn potential tax credits of up to $9,000 for each person with a disability you hire.
  • Create a positive public image.
  • Lower your turnover rate, saving time and money.
  • Enjoy Positive, upbeat employees who are eager to learn.
  • Improve your customer loyalty.

For Employers

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Hiring People with Developmental Disabilities

Project Independence has been working with people with disabilities since 1977, and we have placed over a thousand people with disabilities in jobs throughout Orange County. We have been successful by partnering with employers to match great applicants with great jobs.

We Bring You:

  • Pre-screened and pre-qualified applicants who are capable of doing the job.
  • Dedicated employees who come to work on time, when you need them
  • Hard workers who stay at their jobs. The average tenure for people we support is over 5 years!
  • Support from dedicated, professional job coaches who are there to help your business run smoothly
  • People with a wide variety of abilities, including customer service skills
  • Positive, upbeat employees who are eager to learn

Ben’s Story

Ben brings smiles, enthusiasm and pride to both customer and colleague at Home Depot. They could not be more proud to have Ben’s talents and infectious personality as part of their Home Depot team. In fact, we awarded Home Depot the “Extra Mile Award” for the proud partnership we share with them. Both Ben and Home Depot know that we all benefit when offered an opportunity to contribute and achieve.

John’s Story

John’s energy, his love, his work ethic and his faith push him into making sure every customer at Sprouts is celebrated and made to feel special. For years John has known that when someone steps up, focuses on them with compassionate care and support, experiences change. With his partnership with Project Independence John knows that he is celebrated and wants to celebrate others. His care and work ethic are also applied to being the lead fundraiser for the Project Independence Walk for Independence for the past years. He is a joyful example for all of us to follow.

How Job Coaching Works

Our job coaches set the highest standard of professionalism, supporting both your employee and your business. Our job coaches have the same goal as you—making sure the job gets done right. All of our job coaches:

  • Are background checked and fingerprinted
  • Receive intensive training to meet the needs of people with disabilities and your business
  • Bring innovative job coaching techniques to serving people with disabilities
  • Demonstrate the highest level of professionalism in their attire, attitude, and interactions with you and your staff
  • Provide additional training and support as your business needs change




Jewel brings a great amount of professionalism and care to her duties in our offices. She lives up to her name. All of our colleagues celebrate her work ethic, her care and her conscientious respect for everyone she encounters during her work day.
Kristen, HR ManagerProject Independence
My team’s dynamic has changed so much since Ben joined us. His bright spirit has affected all my employees. I didn’t realize that hiring Ben would affect all of us and how we not just treat each other but how we treat our customers.
Allen, ManagerHome Depot Santa Ana
Our seniors always look forward to seeing staff and clients from Project Independence because they are so friendly and helpful.  They are also some of the most reliable volunteers that we have. It epitomizes ‘giving back’ when you realize that this is what a person chooses to do when they ...
Tracy, Volunteer CoordinatorSenior Serv
Max is one of the hardest workers at our store. He raises the spirits of all who work with him. We love working with Max and realize that the customers love him too!
Kim, HR ManagerHome Depot, Irvine
Renee is the life of the dining room! She makes sure that people never leave the store without a smile on their face. She is a wonderful ambassador and represents what we strive for in ‘great customer service’.
Scott, Store ManagerCarl’s Jr, Mission Viejo

Orange County Partners

Project Independence has been working with people with disabilities since 1977, and we have placed over a thousand people with disabilities in jobs throughout Orange County. We have been successful by partnering with employers to match great applicants with great jobs.


Business Champions Program

Join a unique group of dedicated businesses who work with Project Independence to champion independence for people with developmental disabilities. Business Champions understand that all people have value and contribute to our community. As a Business Champion you have an opportunity to show your support in the community while receiving promotional benefits through our website and by utilizing our official Business Champion Seal

Businesses that have hired one or more employees through our Supported Employment program and have made a gift of $5,000 or more to Project Independence during the calendar year receive the following benefits:

  1. Prominent logo displayed on our website on the Business Champions page
  2. Your business identified on an interactive map (with other Business Champions) located on the Project Independence website, that promotes support of local Business Champions and includes a link to your business website.
  3. All Project Independence emails will include a footer ad to promote patronization of Business Champion businesses.
  4. Use of the Business Champion seal on your website and marketing materials

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