Costa Mesa resident Nick Westphalen has joined the volunteer Project Independence Board of Directors.

Costa Mesa-based Project Independence (PI), a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides comprehensive services in Orange County to over 750 people with developmental disabilities in their homes, at work and in the community, today announced that Nick Westphalen has joined its volunteer Board of Directors.

“I love PI because I enjoy the company I get from staff and joining the activities and events that PI has,” said Westphalen, a Costa Mesa resident. ”I have met a lot of people through PI that have enriched me with laughter and learning moments.”

As a client of Project Independence, he has received support since June of 1998 that has helped him develop his skills and confidence. He enjoys his daily walks to Starbucks and the supermarket, where he greets the staff and customers with a broad smile. Nick is very close to his family and a big fan of singer Katy Perry and reality TV shows.

“We are delighted to add Nick to our Board and know he will help keep all of the other directors connected with those our organization supports,” said Project Independence CEO Robert Watson. “He is passionate about advocating for the rights and needs of people with intellectual disabilities and ensuring that we continue to provide high-quality and person-centered programs.”

For more than four decades, Project Independence has been a lifeline to adults with developmental disabilities. Eighty-seven cents of every dollar raised by the organization goes directly to support vital programs, including independent living, positive behavior support, day programs, and supported employment.