RIO’s Executive Director, Mr. Praim Singh, is retiring after 51 years. Today, RIO’s staff and clients joined him and his wonderful wife, Marlene (who has been by his side all these years and volunteered countless hours to RIO) in honoring and celebrating their incredible dedication to the organization.
Mr. Singh joined the Rehabilitation Institute of Southern California in 1966. At the time, the organization provided therapy services to children and adults with disabilities, and occupied a small farmhouse on six acres of avocado fields at the corner of La Veta and Tustin Avenue in Orange.
Under Mr. Singh’s passionate leadership, RIO constantly grew. Mr. Singh oversaw the continual expansion of the Orange facility (which is currently 75,000 square feet, and includes a therapy park, multiple therapy gyms, and an indoor therapeutic pool), the addition of many day programs for children and adults with disabilities, the opening of two additional facilities (one in Fullerton, the other in San Clemente) and the opening of two apartment complexes for low-income, disabled people.
For 51 years, Mr. Singh has worked devotedly for the Rehabilitation Institute of Southern California, building an organization that helps hundreds of people every day. Today, RIO provides over a dozen different services for people of all ages.
The RIO community will miss Mr. Singh’s exceptional leadership, and will strive to continue his mission and legacy of helping people with disabilities. Congratulations on your retirement, Mr. Singh!