Human Services

Project Independence

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Costa Mesa, CA


Project Independence promotes civil rights for people with developmental disabilities through services which expand independence and choice. Since 1977, Project Independence has provided adults with developmental disabilities throughout Orange County the choice of living, working and recreating with their nondisabled peers. We have been setting the standard for exemplary support, as a nationally recognized organization. We provide integrated work opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities, autism and related disorders and our community living supports were the first in the state. Project Independence promotes access to a ‘valued life’ for all people in our community by sharing resources, collaborating with peers and promoting healthy communities in general, not just clients. Access to these basic civil rights is possible because of the promise of California’s landmark legislation The Lanterman Act. Our Staff, Board and volunteers are passionate about what we do and how we do it. As advocates, first and foremost, we are here to work for the people in our programs, providing assistance only when necessary, encouraging self-sufficiency and personal growth.

Notes from the Nonprofit

Additional docs: Financial Statements Years Ending June 30, 2017 and 2018 Independent Auditor's Report

Ruling Year


Principal Officer

Debra Marsteller

Main Address

3505 Cadillac #O-103

Costa Mesa, CA 92626 USA


developmental, disabilities, living, employment, autism, down syndrome, civil rights, independence, advocacy,





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

Disabled Persons' Rights (R23)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

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Our programs

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Community Day Services

Positive Behavior Support Day Services

Independent and Supported Living Services

Supported Employment

Work Incentive Planning Assistance

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External Reviews

Awards & Accreditations

Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) - Employment and Community Services - 3 Year Accreditation



Project Independence

Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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Board Leadership Practices

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Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?



Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?



Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?



Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?