OPARC operates three different types of programs, which are briefly described here. More detailed information is given on specific pages shown in the menu on the left.
This division operates two distinct programs providing work opportunities to OPARC clients.
Work Activity Program (WAP)
WAP participants receive vocational skills training, paid work experience, and individual case management services. Companies with assembly, packaging, collating, inspecting, and other similar jobs utilize OPARC’s 24,000 square foot facility and the skills of our clients to produce high quality work at a competitive price.
Supported Employment Program (SE)
SE clients work in a community environment. This program includes both individual placements and enclaves. In an enclave, small groups of clients work in the community with the assistance of full-time OPARC job coaches.
Adult Development Centers (ADC)
OPARC operates ADC facilities in the cities of Montclair, Ontario, and Rancho Cucamonga that provide programs on week days. These sites help clients make choices about how and where they live, work, and socialize. Clients’ goals frequently emphasize increased independence and productivity. Some OPARC clients work and volunteer in the community, maintaining landscapes of local businesses, providing janitorial services, and volunteering at animal shelters and area parks. When not working, clients visit banks, shopping malls, and participate in recreational activities of their choice. The ADC on Monte Vista Avenue in Montclair specializes in serving clients with severe physical disabilities who require more medical attention than most other clients. Speech pathology classes designed to enhance the ability of clients to communicate, and academic instruction, are also available to ADC clients.
Summit Services operates in a community-based environment with resource centers in Upland and San Bernardino. A new resource center will open in late 2010 in the City of Walnut. These centers provide specialized support and training to clients with a dual diagnosis of developmental and behavioral challenges. Goals of the program include learning new social skills, reducing behavioral incidents, and developing the capacity to work in and enjoy the local community. Other objectives of the program include improved self-respect and increased ability to interact with others in an effective manner. Speech pathology classes and academic instruction are also available.
OPARC believes in making information about its programs, services, and operations available to all members of the disability community and to the public-at-large. Copies of the policy and procedure governing OPARC's activities in this regard can be obtained by calling Andrea Erickson, President/CEO, at (909) 985-3116, ext. 125. She will refer you to the staff member who can respond most effectively to your inquiry.