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Donation helps Costa Mesa nonprofit revive Access to Adventure program

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

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...
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Benefits of Employment: Just the Facts

Presentation Topics: Benefits of Getting a Job New Federal Regulations Impacting Employment Barriers & Misconceptions About Going to Work Resources Work Incentives Planning Assistance (WIPA) ABLE Act  Tuesday March 7, 2017 6:00pm  7:30pm Regional Center of Orange County, 1525 N Tustin Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92705 Cost: FREE Please RSVP, Space...
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Anaheim Community Dance

Our Harmony Program serves our senior clients including Music & Dance at the Brookhurst Community Center. Members from multiple Day Programs at Project Independence participate and have fun kicking up their heals with other community seniors every Thursday. Through fun, camaraderie, music and a bit of soft-shoe we help to build a...
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Holiday Lunch

During the holiday season many of our wonderful clients and staff gather to celebrate the season and to a year of independent and inclusive lives. Smiles abound  like the ones found at this Central Area gathering at Coco's. Staff members, Reggie Blanchard and Meka Green, helped assemble the 48 enthusiastic...
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Project Independence Celebrates 15 Years Serving City of Irvine

Two thousand sixteen marks the 15th year of a unique partnership between the City of Irvine and nonprofit Project Independence to provide meaningful employment for people with developmental disabilities who help to make sure that the city’s busy mail department runs efficiently. As a licensed contractor to the city, Project...
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Health Matters: Workforce diversity includes people with disabilities

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...
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