In 2007, two established nonprofit organizations – Vantage and Project Independence – joined forces to better serve the needs of Orange County adults with developmental disabilities. While our merged history is still being written, each organization had a rich, 30-year history prior to the merger:
Vantage Foundation was incorporated in 1977 as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Its mission was to provide quality day support for meaningful community integration and employment for people with the most significant developmental disabilities; through person-centered planning, well-trained staff, and growth opportunities for all. Vantage had a strong commitment to individuals with the most complex disabilities.
Project Independence was established in 1977 by dedicated families of adults with developmental disabilities who envisioned more for their loved ones than lives of segregation, prejudice, and institutionalization. Their goal? To allow adults with developmental disabilities to exercise freedom and personal choice in their own lives. The Independent Living program was the first of its kind in Orange County.