OPARC awarded $10,000 grant
On Thursday, July 7, Montclair-based nonprofit OPARC announced it has been awarded a $10,000 grant from Bank of America to help support its workforce development programs.
The nonprofit provides life-enhancing services to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The grant will help OPARC staff provide participants with hands-on job coaching, training, and job placement.
“We are thankful to Bank of America, for the support which will help us to develop even more worthwhile partnerships with area businesses and to train and equip participants to find their ideal job with the help of job coaches,” said Stacey Proctor, OPARC’s president/CEO in a statement. “Job training and placement is a critical element to the lives and goals of the people we serve. Not only does it build self-esteem and pride, but it also allows our participants to spend their own money and be contributing members of our communities.”
The nonprofit, based in Montclair since 1950, is one of the largest vendors under contract with the San Gabriel and Pomona Regional Centers. It has a mission to support, employ, and transform the lives of people with disabilities, and serves more than 800 developmentally disabled adults in Southern California by offering critical employment and developmental programs. It is known for remarkable success in finding jobs for participants and ensuring success through ongoing training, guidance and supervision.