Thank you so much to everyone who donated during “Empowering Possibilities” Giving Day! Together we raised $7,934.80 for RIO! We couldn’t have done it without you! Your generous support is very much appreciated!
Between RIO and the other eight organizations who participated this year:
Our wonderful indoor, heated pool has reopened! Come join us for fun exercise classes such as Aqua Zumba®, Water Aerobics, or Persistence (shown below)! Free trial classes are available! For more information or our class schedule, please call (714) 633-7400, ext. 241 or 240. Thank you!
Our Independent Living Skills (ILS) participants are currently involved in a 13 week exercise and nutrition program called “Healthy Life, Happy Life.” As an added bonus to the program, they are participating in a weekly exercise boot camp led by the ILS staff here at RIO’s park!
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!
It has been a very busy and festive week here at RIO! All the programs celebrated the Holidays in a variety of ways! Below are pictures from some of our program activities:
Our TAAC and TAP consumers participated in a Holiday Talent Show! All of the participants did a fantastic job!
CBAS Seniors and Young Adults each enjoyed craft projects and live entertainment! The CBAS Young Adults also participated in a Christmas Sweater contest!
The Preschool kids did an amazing job at their Holiday recital, and also enjoyed a “Find the Gingerbread Man” activity.
Several of our Independent Living Skills (ILS) participants went to the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade and had a blast!
Everyone has had an amazing time celebrating the Holidays here at RIO!
From all of us here at RIO, thank you for supporting our organization throughout the year! We wish everyone a wonderful Holiday Season, and a Happy New Year! See you in 2018! (Please note: all three of our facilities will be closed starting December 25th. We will re-open on January 2nd.)
Every year during the Holidays, RIO hosts an “Angel Tree” to collect new toys ($10 value) for Santa to hand out to the children in our Infant Day Care, Preschool, and Child Development programs. If you would like to participate, please sign up at the Front Desk in the main lobby of RIO’s Orange facility. The deadline to donate is December 14th. Thank you in advance for your support!