We're pleased to have OPARC as a member of our Chamber. OPARC is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization established in 1950. Their mission is to support, employ, and transform the lives of people with disabilities. We accomplish our mission by offering a wide variety of services and programs including employment, community integration, behavior management support, basic academic instruction, leisure/recreation activities, speech pathology services, multi-sensory experiences, and assistance with the activities of daily living.
OPARC addresses the needs of the developmentally disabled by helping them achieve their full potential. We are known in the field for remarkable success in finding jobs for participants and ensuring success through ongoing training, guidance, and supervision. Currently, more than half of OPARC’s participants hold full or part-time jobs, enhancing the productivity of the economic community and increasing the self-esteem of the workers. OPARC operates its programs year-round, five days per week (Monday - Friday) out of our eight locations.
Business Services Division
The Business Services Division currently operates a Work Activity Program, which provides participants with vocational skills training, paid work experience, and individual case management services. The related Supported Employment Program provides participants with the opportunity to work in an integrated community environment and receive specialized services to overcome identified barriers to successful employment. Business Services are provided out of our headquarters in Montclair.
Adult Development Centers
OPARC currently operates four Adult Development Center day programs, Monday through Friday. Two of the facilities are located in Montclair, one is in Rancho Cucamonga, and one is in Ontario. Program activities include opportunities for paid work, functional education, and socialization. One of the centers (the Monte Vista Adult Development Center) also provides specialized support and training to individuals who are considered medically fragile.
OPARC operates three Summit Services, community-based programs that serve participants with the “dual diagnosis” of developmental disabilities and mental illness. These persons need a high level of supervision and training to access community services safely, improve their social skills, and discover opportunities for paid work. Some of the participants in this program are transitioning from state developmental centers and attempting to live in non-institutional settings successfully for the first time. Summit Services are provided out of our locations in San Bernardino, Walnut, and Upland.
For more information, please visit their website at www.oparc.org/