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Articles - People First of Torrance, California: South Bay & Harbor Area

19
Sep

New Rules Mean Big Changes : State Council on Developmental Disabilities

Download a Document on all the new Rules!

Bruce Harrell

State Council on Developmental Disabilities

Los Angeles Office

818-543-4631

20
May

Disability Rights California Board Members

12
May

People First photos from California Pizza Kitchen

9
May

Senior Scene TV Show

I hope you are doing well.  I have completed the TV show for my Senior Scene.  It will be on tomorrow at 11:30 AM and 5:30 PM on Frontier Channel 31 and on Spectrum Channel 3 in the city of Torrance.  It is also on U-Tube and called “Getting Hired”.

Below is a link to the show so you can view it on your computer.   I would so appreciate it if you could show it to both the workers and the coach.

Just paste this link into your address bar and it will play after you hit enter.

Thank you all so much for helping me tell this wonderful story for my viewers.

I will get a DVD made and bring it to SVS, Salvation Army and Honda.

Hope Witkowsky

Producer/Host– “Senior Scene”

Torrance CitiCABLE

14
Apr

REALLY IMPORTANT FUND RAISER INFO!!! PLEASE JOIN US.

REALLY IMPORTANT FUND RAISER INFO!!! PLEASE JOIN US. (SEE FLYER BELOW)

PEOPLE FIRST OF THE SOUTH BAY/HARBOR AREA MEETING….

GARDEN ROOM OF THE TORRANCE CULTURAL ARTS CENTER….(BEHIND THE PLUNGE)  

 6-8 P.M. MONDAY April 24th, 2017

Download Pizza Fundraiser Flyer and Download Event Flyer

COME JOIN THIS AMAZING GROUP OF MEMBERS, MEET THE FACILITATORS/PARENTS AND GUESTS.   We have some STARS in our group……  Old Business, REPORT-Jimmy Estrada -his Video project involving the Mayor of the City of Torrance and People First. New Business…Michael Mueller and Rudy Brako were filmed for the upcoming production of “Senior Scene” for Torrance Cable….Hope Witkowski as /producer/host.

SPEAKER FOR THE EVENING…. Kim Sinclair, Executive Director Autism Society of Los Angeles. Kim brings more than 20 years of experience in both corporate and non-profit environments to ASLA.  Her career includes Fortune 100 experience in business and information technology, and most recently, contributions to a number of local non-profit organizations in the Los Angeles Area.  Including leadership roles at Golden Heart Ranch, FRED Conference, and SW SELPA.  She has a 12 year old son with special needs, and this involvement has opened the door to focus on processes, fundraising and program administration and development.  In her spare time with her husband and son, she enjoys cycling, walking the out-of-doors.

DINNER WILL BE SERVED, FOOD AND SIDES, — Burrito from Giant El Burrito, Chips, salsa, rice, beans, salad, desserts and drinks. ONLY $5.00 EACH!! J

We will open the meeting with David Oster leading the Pledge of Allegiance

SAVE THE DATE (MAY 10TH, 2017) AND JOIN THE FUN AND FUND RAISING FOR SELF ADVOCATES OF THE SOUTH BAY/HARBOR AREA…DELICIOUS ALL DAY EVENT AT CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN (CPK)

AT SOUTH BAY GALLERIA….1815 HAWTHORNE BLVD., REDONDO BEACH CA.

(FLYER ENCLOSED/ATTACHED)

 

SEE YOU THERE? QUESTIONS?? CALL BARBARA HANEY AT 310 944 3303

 

 

REALLY IMPORTANT FUND RAISER INFO!!! PLEASE JOIN US.

 

Barbara B. Haney, M.A.
Barbara Haney
Senior Employment Specialist
Social Vocational Services, Inc.

Corporate South/South
(310)-944-3303 x 113
fax 944-3304
bhaney@svsinc.org
www.svsworkssocal.com       

29
Mar

Councilman Herring’s Address to People First

Councilman Herring’s Address

People First of South Bay / Harbor Area

Monday, March 20 – 6 to 8 p.m.

Torrance Cultural Arts Center, Garden Rooms

Good evening! On behalf of my colleagues on the Torrance City Council, thank you for inviting me to be here tonight. 

It is inspiring to see all of you here, a group that is so motivated to help others.

People First not only serves as a support system for people with disabilities, but it also encourages progress, change, and acceptance on a broader scale. By coming together and collectively raising your voices, you are able to bring about positive change for so many people in our communities.

With a history that goes back to the 1960s, People First has long been a driving force in the national disability rights movement, with a start and a mission that is linked to the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. By teaching members how to advocate for themselves, People First also teaches us all that there is knowledge and value and beauty in each and every person.

As you know, the City of Torrance works to provide the diverse members of our community with valuable programs and services that enrich and the quality of life for everyone. It is part of what makes this a great City.

With our newest commission, the Social Services Commission, the City has cemented its commitment to addressing the issues of that concern veterans, the homeless population, as well as children and adults with special needs.

We also are proud of our partnership with the Friends of Exceptional Athletes to fund the City’s special-needs sports programs that promote activity and camaraderie all year long. Torrance also has its own Special Olympics program that offers competitive sports and training at many City facilities.

In addition, Torrance is happy to be home to the 36-year-old PALS program – People Actively Learning and Sharing. This social club for teens and adults with intellectual disabilities is a wonderful resource in the City.

Torrance also has 275 acres of park space that is welcoming to everyone. We are constantly assessing how we can make our green space and facilities more accessible and useful to all, and this includes the recent addition of the fully accessible bocce ball courts at Columbia Park and ongoing work at other facilities to improve sidewalks and other infrastructure. A couple of the more unique spaces include the Treehouse for All at Wilson Park and the sensory-oriented Discovery Park.

Torrance Transit buses are, of course, accessible to all, providing transportation services so that people can get to jobs, community events and have access to shopping and other services. And The Torrance Community Transit Program is a resource for residents, giving those with disabilities low-cost access to transportation.

Torrance is also working all the time to bring new businesses to the City, which means new opportunities for everyone when it comes to employment. 

Of course, a noticeable project that has been ongoing is the renovation of Del Amo Fashion Center, a project that continues to bring new businesses and new jobs to the City. Torrance also has realigned with the South Bay Workforce Investment Board, a group that hosts a variety of workshops locally that help with career development and training.

While attracting and retaining quality businesses is a priority for all of us on the City Council, we also want to strengthen public service, improve school safety and modernize the City’s infrastructure. These are all things that can benefit all our residents and visitors.

Stevie Wonder once said “We all have ability. The difference is how we use it.”

Tonight, being here with all of you, is a testament to your ability to affect change, to make a difference and to overcome obstacles. Because the contributions that you make to our community are invaluable and appreciated.

Thank you again for having me here.

8
Mar

SOCIAL / RECREATION / FITNESS OPPORTUNITIES

SOCIAL/RECREATION/FITNESS OPPORTUNITIES

A PRESENTATION FOR HARBOR REGIONAL CENTER CLIENTS, FAMILIES AND CARE GIVERS

9:00 am – 11:00 am

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Harbor Regional Center, Torrance Conference Room A1/2

Join us for a morning filled with fun and interesting information! You will hear about a variety of opportunities that encourage socialization and making new friends. After the presentations there will be time to speak with each presenter and gather handouts from several other programs. Below is a list of just some of the information that will be presented.

  • Social Programs for a variety of ages

  • Weekday and weekend social outings for ages 5 years and older

  • Dances and Proms

  • Dance classes

  • Weekend and week-away Camps for all ages

  • A Dating App developed for people with developmental disabilities

  • Various Sports programs

  • Amusement and Theme Park discounts

  • State and National Park discounts

For more information or to RSVP, please email or call Kerry Ryerson at: Kerry.Ryerson@harborrc.org or 310-543-0686

5
Jan

Torrance Rose Bowl Float Features People First

The members of People First who attended with Paul Cohen, facilitator,  were David Oster and Jimmy Estrada. 

9
Dec

People First Christmas Dinner

HEY, HEY, THE HOLIDAYS ARE HERE….READY OR NOT….

…PEOPLE FIRST OF THE SOUTH BAY/HARBOR AREA WILL BE RETURNING TO

THE HOMETOWN BUFFET –DEL AMO SHOPPING CENTER.  TORRANCE (off Carson)

FOR THE ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY..

MONDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2016

6 P.M. GATHERING TIME…

COST PER PERSON IS THE GROUP RATE OF $13.25 WHICH INCLUDES EVERYTHING

SALADS, SOUP, MAIN ENTRES, SIDE DISHES, DRINKS, DESSERTS…ENDLESS/RETURN FOR MORE….

SANTA’S HELPER…. AND THE PF TREASURY WILL GIVE

A $5.00 BILL GIFT TO ALL PF MEMBERS THAT NIGHT.

THE EVENING WILL END WITH CAROLING IN FRONT OF THE RESTAURANT…

BRING YOUR SANTA HATS AND JINGLE BELLS…..WE WILL PROVIDE CAROLING SONG BOOKS.

4
Mar

2016 Statewide Disabilities Conference

The non-profit, Asians and Pacific Islanders with Disabilities of California (APIDC) cordially invites you to our 2016 Statewide Disabilities Conference at the Westin Pasadena Hotel on March 18-19. The upcoming conference will be a special opportunity to connect Asians and Pacific Islanders with physical, mental and developmental disabilities to service providers, community organizations and elected officials. This will be our fifth state-wide conference. The theme is a celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and an important exploration of strategies to support the hard-to-reach, fast-growing Asian Pacific communities. Topics will include civil rights, college supportive services, community outreach, benefits, mental health, transition to adulthood and special education.

See Conference Schedule below or select Conference Program for session descriptions and panelists:

Register by March 10 to save on registration fees! 

(Fees are per person)

Please consider joining us.

If paying by check, please use this Registration Form and mail with the check to:

APIDC
1137 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90017

If you are a client or parent of a client of any of the 21 California Department of Developmental Services Regional Centers (Regional Centers Directory), you can request your Regional Center to pay your registration fees. Please reference APIDC (Vendor No. PD3354) and the “Statewide Disabilities Conference” (Service Code Category 102 – Individual or Family Training).

For any inquiries, please email conference.apidc@gmail.com.

More information about APIDC, previous conferences, scholarships, and our Youth Leadership Institute can also be found at www.apidisabilities.net.

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