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Dorothy Blubaugh Joins Project Independence

2022-08-09T02:17:35+00:00January 20, 2022|In the News|

On The Move Dorothy Blubaugh has joined Costa Mesa-based Project Independence as chief operations officer and director of community day services. Previously, she served as director of operations for California-based Institute of Applied Behavior Analysis, which provides positive behavior practices in a range of services, for children and adults with disabilities and autism, both internationally and within the United States. She was previously IABA’s director of community-based Behavior Day and Employment ...

Project Independence brings holiday cheer to clients

2022-08-09T02:17:36+00:00January 20, 2022|Program Updates, Stories|

After discovering that many of their clients were going empty handed this past holiday season.  Project Independence and their staff compiled dozens of  gift bags to be delivered to our adults living with developmental disabilities.  A population already at risk of isolation, during these extraordinary times, it has become even more important to safely make contact and connection with the clients. Many Project staff stepped up to play the role of ...

An Annual Tradition

2022-08-09T02:17:37+00:00December 30, 2021|Stories|

Project Independence continued its annual tradition of attending the Nutcracker Ballet at the Barclay Theater again this year. On Dec 12, both clients and staff were excited to see the Festival of Ballet performance in-person once again. Peter Song, a PI client since 2018, was overhead at intermission explaining to his staff coach the magical story of ‘ Clara and the nutcracker that comes to life in her dreams.’ The ...

An Access 2 Adventure Thanksgiving

2022-08-09T02:17:37+00:00December 15, 2021|Program Updates, Stories|

Twenty-five Project Independence staff and clients gathered at the Hometown Buffet in Anaheim to put the “Thanks” in Thanksgiving this season. Through a generous grant to the Access 2 Adventure Program at Project Independence from the Louis & Gladyce Foster Family Foundation, the group got together for a wonderful feast,  much-needed laughter, and friendship.  “ I was going to sit at home and watch TV alone, but my friends at Project ...

OC Marathon Water Station

2022-08-09T02:17:37+00:00November 10, 2021|Event Updates, Stories|

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped man our water station at the OC Marathon on November 7th! And thank you to or sponsors Union Bank (sponsored Project Independence’s water station at Castaway Park) and Team Rubicon and the OCMarathon!

Robert Watson Named CEO of Nonprofit Project Independence

2022-08-09T02:17:38+00:00September 28, 2021|In the News|

Stepping up from his role as associate director at PI, Watson will replace current CEO Debra Marsteller, who is retiring after 40 years. Posted Wed, Sep 22, 2021 at 12:13 pm PT| Dan Pittman While serving as associate director at Project Independence, Robert Watson was also a member of the Regional Center of Orange County (RCOC) Board of Directors. (Project Independence ) The volunteer Board of Directors of nonprofit ...

Project Independence Clients Paddle An Outrigger For Independence

2022-08-09T02:17:39+00:00July 16, 2021|In the News|

Adults with developmental disabilities take to the water at Newport Aquatic Center via Project Independence's Access 2 Adventure program By Dan Pittman, Neighbor Adventurous clients of nonprofit Project Independence enjoy an exciting outing on the water paddling an outrigger canoe with the careful guidance of the MAKAPO Aquatics Project. (Project Independence) Nonprofit Project Independence's Access to Adventure (A2A) program for its clients with developmental disabilities has returned with outdoor ...

One Year In, Collaboration Still Dishing Up Hot Meals, Dignity To O.C.’s Neediest Residents

2022-08-09T02:17:39+00:00July 12, 2021|In the News|

Holley Sao, kitchen manager for Toast Kitchen + Bakery in Costa Mesa, prepares meals for Delivering with Dignity on Wednesday. One year in, the collaboration of donors, volunteers, assistance agencies and local restaurants has delivered 81,000 hot meals to people in need. (Scott Smeltzer / Staff Photographer) By SARA CARDINESTAFF WRITER JULY 1, 2021 5:09 PM PT As Orange County entered the long stretch of the coronavirus pandemic last summer, a contingent ...

Orange County Community Foundation Collaborative Giving Days

2022-08-09T02:17:39+00:00May 7, 2021|In the News|

            by: Dan Pittman Posted: May 7, 2021 COSTA MESA...Project Independence and nine aligned nonprofits will partner with the Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF) on May 20 for Empowering Possibilities, a collaborative Giving Day to support people with disabilities living in Orange County. The 24-hour online effort aims to raise $100,000 for 10 nonprofits offering a range of education and supportive services, skills training and ...

Project Independence’s “Empowering Possibilities” Giving Day

2022-08-09T02:17:40+00:00May 6, 2021|Press Releases|

24-Hour Fundraiser May 20 Seeks to Raise $100K For Nonprofit Programs and Services for People Living with Disabilities in Orange County Costa Mesa, Calif. (May 6 2021) — Project Independence and nine aligned nonprofits will partner with the Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF) on May 20 for Empowering Possibilities, a collaborative Giving Day to support people with disabilities living in Orange County. The 24-hour online effort aims to raise $100,000 ...

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