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!
All of our programs had fun celebrating Halloween here at RIO! The Preschool kids went trick-or-treating throughout the programs, our CBAS, CDP, and ILS programs enjoyed Halloween parties, TAP and TAAC had a Halloween dance and visited their amazing annual Haunted House, and Aquatics had a Halloween themed potluck!
Meet Diana and Robert, a couple who joined RIO’s Independent Living Skills (ILS) program 22 years ago!
Diana and Robert met in 1983 at Canyon Hills School where he worked as a teacher’s assistant, and she volunteered. They married in 1989.
In 1995, they both joined RIO’s Independent Living Skills program in order to improve their daily life skills and maintain an independent lifestyle. Robert enjoys learning how to cook and the friendships he’s developed with other people in the program. Diana likes the staff because “they help me learn how to do things – it makes me feel wonderful and special.”
When asked what they like most about RIO and the ILS program, Diana said “we are blessed to work with wonderful staff! RIO is a groovy place!” Robert loves “going on outings and seeing things in the community.” Attending Angel’s games is their favorite outing!
Robert currently works a few days a week at Orange Thrift Store where he helps with the displays. He retired from Canyon Hills School a few years ago after 42 years. Diana works here at RIO in the Child Development Program, where she’s been working for 24 years.
According to Diana, “we have come a long ways with our independence, and our moms are proud too!”
Diana and Robert are celebrating their 28th wedding anniversary, and have shared their secret to a successful marriage:
“Date for a long time first”
“Understand, trust, and be open and talk it out – don’t walk away”
“We respect each other”
“We love having God in our lives”
“We talk things out”
“We care about each other a lot”
“We love having God in our lives”