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September 22, 2012
A recent Costa Mesa fundraiser netted $27,000 for adults with developmental disabilities. The Walk for Independence and Health Fair at TeWinkle Park on Saturday drew funds from sponsors, teams of volunteer and walkers. The organizers were Project Independence, a Costa Mesa-based nonprofit that advocates and supports adults with disabilities such as Down syndrome. "Our support for people with disabilities is a community affair," Board Chairman Dan Pittman said in a statement.
NEWS
June 7, 2007
A number of changes are planned for the Newport-Mesa area in July. Along with several promotions within the Newport Beach and Costa Mesa police departments, two major charities in the area will merge on July 1. Project Independence, which helps parents of disabled children assist their kids in living independently, and Orange County-based Vantage Foundation will join forces at the beginning of next month, according to a news release. The merge will allow both organizations to provide more comprehensive care with money, services and personal assistance.
LOCAL
By Debbie Marsteller | January 12, 2010
The Board of Directors of Project Independence announced today that Mitsubishi Electric USA of Cypress, California has generously donated an elevator for use at the nonprofit?s Costa Mesa office. ?One of our major goals this year was to make our new offices fully accessible for all of our clients. This terrific donation makes the dream a reality,? said Dan Pittman, the agency?s Board chair. The cost of the elevator?s installation will be covered by donations, including funds raised at Project Independence?
NEWS
March 28, 2013
JUDY KEARNS BECKNER    April 7, 1929 - February 21, 2013 Judy Kearns Beckner passed away peacefully in her home on February 21, 2013.  She was predeceased in death by her husband Robert Kearns, and her second husband Charles Beckner. Judy is survived by her sons, Kevin (Allison), Jeff Kearns, and Greg Kearns, and two grandchildren Bobby and Katie Kearns.  She also leaves behind her sister, Marcia Powers, who resides in Dayton, WY, and step-daughters, Susan McDougal, Washington and Abbe Dewitt, China.
NEWS
November 21, 2000
Project Independence, a Costa Mesa nonprofit group for adults with developmental disabilities, has hired Michael Manchester to manage its new senior housing program that will be funded by a $76,000 grant received last month from the California Council on Developmental Disabilities. With the funds, Project Independence will help three or four senior citizens at each of its six homes to share leasing costs during the yearlong pilot program, Manchester said.
FEATURES
September 23, 2008
Project Independence is celebrating its 30th anniversary and showing off its new building in Costa Mesa on Friday afternoon. The organization, which aims to help people with developmental disabilities, merged with a group with a similar mission last year, and the combined resources allowed it to buy new digs with space to entertain. The old Project Independence building, across the street from the new one, was not as well suited for some of the events the nonprofit hosts, including karaoke nights, holiday parties and meetings to teach people with disabilities their rights, according to Executive Director Debra Marsteller.
NEWS
December 20, 2000
Jennifer Kho COSTA MESA -- A local housing program is having a mixer for developmentally disabled adults today to try to continue the bonding that began at a similar event earlier this month. "I think a lot of them [disabled adults] sometimes feel that they don't have anything in common with other people," said Kim Rendi, a team leader for the program known as Project Independence. "It's great for them to find similarities with other people, and some found others who had the same jobs, issues with roommates or similar personalities.
NEWS
April 23, 2013
A Costa Mesa-based nonprofit is asking for donations after $12,000 to $14,000 worth of items were stolen, an organizer said. Project Independence, which serves about 600 adults with developmental disabilities in Orange County, lost items including a karaoke machine, audio equipment, computers, a big screen TV, DVD player and saw horses during a late-night break in April 8, said Associate Director Bob Watson. The thieves may have been scared away before they could take more because some supplies were found in the parking lot, Watson said.
NEWS
By: Elia Powers | September 29, 2005
Two Costa Mesa-based nonprofit organizations that serve residents with developmental disabilities are considering a merger that would likely mean a boost in resources and a significant expansion in programs. Board members from the Vantage Foundation and Project Independence, both founded in 1977, are in preliminary discussions about the potential merger. The agencies are already united through Debra Marsteller, who was named executive director of Project Independence in July and who has headed Vantage Foundation for 25 years.
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NEWS
August 30, 2013
A recent fundraiser in Costa Mesa brought in more than $20,000 to help people with disabilities and their families. The fourth annual Walk for Independence and Health Fair, which took place Aug. 24 at TeWinkle Park, benefited Project Independence. The nonprofit has offices in Costa Mesa, Lake Forest and Anaheim. It offers services to more than 750 people throughout Orange County who have developmental disabilities. More than 150 people attended the event, which featured a walk, health fair, giveaways and prizes for the top walkers.
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NEWS
April 23, 2013
A Costa Mesa-based nonprofit is asking for donations after $12,000 to $14,000 worth of items were stolen, an organizer said. Project Independence, which serves about 600 adults with developmental disabilities in Orange County, lost items including a karaoke machine, audio equipment, computers, a big screen TV, DVD player and saw horses during a late-night break in April 8, said Associate Director Bob Watson. The thieves may have been scared away before they could take more because some supplies were found in the parking lot, Watson said.
NEWS
March 28, 2013
JUDY KEARNS BECKNER    April 7, 1929 - February 21, 2013 Judy Kearns Beckner passed away peacefully in her home on February 21, 2013.  She was predeceased in death by her husband Robert Kearns, and her second husband Charles Beckner. Judy is survived by her sons, Kevin (Allison), Jeff Kearns, and Greg Kearns, and two grandchildren Bobby and Katie Kearns.  She also leaves behind her sister, Marcia Powers, who resides in Dayton, WY, and step-daughters, Susan McDougal, Washington and Abbe Dewitt, China.
LOCAL
By Debbie Marsteller | January 12, 2010
The Board of Directors of Project Independence announced today that Mitsubishi Electric USA of Cypress, California has generously donated an elevator for use at the nonprofit?s Costa Mesa office. ?One of our major goals this year was to make our new offices fully accessible for all of our clients. This terrific donation makes the dream a reality,? said Dan Pittman, the agency?s Board chair. The cost of the elevator?s installation will be covered by donations, including funds raised at Project Independence?
LOCAL
By Debra Marsteller | October 27, 2009
Project Independence Announces Sabbatical Award Costa Mesa, CA October 24, 2009 -  Orange County’s Project Independence has been recognized three times in as many months for exemplary services for people with developmental disabilities. The latest is this week, The California Wellness Foundation awarded Project Independence and Executive Director Debra Marsteller their leadership award. The Sabbatical Program was created to support nonprofit leaders and seeks to improve the long-term effectiveness of health-focused nonprofits by providing their executives with the rest they need to continue to direct their organizations’ missions.
NEWS
July 29, 2009
6/25/54 – 07/14/09 Don Perkins, 55, passed away at Hoag Hospital on July 14, 2009 following a brief illness. Don was born in Los Angeles on June 25, 1954. He was the only son of Carol Woldenberg Perkins and Robert Woodman Perkins. Don was raised in Corona del Mar, where he attended elementary school. Born with cerebral palsy, Don was still able to achieve a well rounded education, graduating from high school at Mardan School. He worked for all of his adult life at Mardan School as an office assistant.
FEATURES
September 23, 2008
Project Independence is celebrating its 30th anniversary and showing off its new building in Costa Mesa on Friday afternoon. The organization, which aims to help people with developmental disabilities, merged with a group with a similar mission last year, and the combined resources allowed it to buy new digs with space to entertain. The old Project Independence building, across the street from the new one, was not as well suited for some of the events the nonprofit hosts, including karaoke nights, holiday parties and meetings to teach people with disabilities their rights, according to Executive Director Debra Marsteller.
NEWS
June 7, 2007
A number of changes are planned for the Newport-Mesa area in July. Along with several promotions within the Newport Beach and Costa Mesa police departments, two major charities in the area will merge on July 1. Project Independence, which helps parents of disabled children assist their kids in living independently, and Orange County-based Vantage Foundation will join forces at the beginning of next month, according to a news release. The merge will allow both organizations to provide more comprehensive care with money, services and personal assistance.
NEWS
By JIM DE BOOM | January 13, 2007
Jane Glen Haas, founder of Women Sage and the Girl Scout Council Orange County, will receive the Matters of the Heart Award from Soroptimist International Newport Harbor on Feb. 9 at a luncheon being held at the Turnip Rose in Costa Mesa. According to Soroptimist Ann Schultz, the luncheon begins at 11 a.m. with a reception and auction. The Women's Opportunity Award (given to female heads of households reentering the workforce) and the Violet Richardson Award (given to young women providing service to their community)
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