Group scarves up for night out at South Coast Repertory’s ‘A Christmas Carol’

2022-12-19T13:21:20+00:00December 12, 2022|In the News|

Todd Eckert, director of development for Project Independence, wraps a Charles Dickens-styled long scarf around Ruthanne Hogue prior to seeing “A Christmas Carol” at the South Coast Repertory theater Friday in Costa Mesa.(Scott Smeltzer / Staff Photographer) BY SARA CARDINESTAFF WRITER  DEC. 12, 2022 6:09 PM PT Ebenezer Scrooge required spectral intervention to realize the magic of the holiday season, but for clients served by the nonprofit Project Independence all ...

Crowds at TeWinkle ‘Walk for Independence,’ to help adults with developmental disabilities

2022-10-23T18:42:35+00:00October 23, 2022|In the News|

Participants walk during the 13th Annual Walk for Independence at TeWinkle Park on Saturday in Costa Mesa. (Kevin Chang / Staff Photographer)   BY SARA CARDINESTAFF WRITER  OCT. 3, 2022 5:22 PM PT Locals laced up their shoes Saturday and headed to Costa Mesa’s TeWinkle Park to “Walk for Independence,” an annual fundraiser for the nonprofit Project Independence, which helps adults with developmental disabilities live, work and play as self-sufficiently as ...

Annual Walk for Independence is Saturday

2022-11-02T03:01:09+00:00September 27, 2022|In the News|

OC Register - September 27, 2022: The nonprofit Project Independence is hosting its 13th annual Walk for Independence on Saturday, Oct. 1. The in-person event at TeWinkle Park in Costa Mesa raises money for people with developmental disabilities and is a launch for National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Money raised will help fund the organization’s Independent Living, Supported Employment and Day Program services that support 600 adults in the county. ...

Project Independence Nets $11,735 with OC Community Foundation

2022-08-09T02:16:17+00:00May 19, 2022|In the News|

24-Hour online fundraiser helped Project Independence provide programs and services for people living with developmental disabilities. Costa Mesa-based Project Independence (PI) - http://www.proindependence.org - and 12 aligned nonprofits partnered with the Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF) on May 11 for Empowering Possibilities, a collaborative Giving Day to support people with disabilities living in Orange County. Project Independence exceeded its original goal of $10,000 by raising $11,735 during the 24-hour online ...

Project Independence Partners With Community Foundation For Giving Day

2022-08-09T02:16:40+00:00May 19, 2022|In the News|

24-Hour Fundraiser, May 11, Seeks to Raise $150K For Nonprofits With Programs and Services for People Living with Disabilities in County Dan Pittman, Neighbor Posted Thu, May 5, 2022 at 7:45 am PT| Project Independence was founded on the belief that people with disabilities possess the potential to live and interact in their communities, and that by listening to the hopes and dreams of people we serve, we can ...

Outrigger paddling adventure lets adults of all abilities ‘come out and play’

2022-08-09T02:16:51+00:00May 19, 2022|In the News|

Suited up in life jackets and with paddles in hand, clients served by the Costa Mesa nonprofit Project Independence hit the waters of Upper Newport Bay Thursday in outrigger canoes in search of a high seas adventure. About 20 adventurers — many of whom participate in local programs aimed at giving adults with developmental disabilities opportunities to live, work and flourish — showed up ready to make waves at the ...

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 ...

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 ...

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