Creating Pathways
for People with Disabilities

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Accomplishments

 

CARF Accreditations

The CARF International (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities), accreditation process applies sets of standards to service areas and business practices during an on-site survey.
Vocational Visions has been accredited by CARF since 1977. Most recently in January 2014, Vocational Visions was given another three year accreditation.
Each three year accreditation is an indication of our organization’s dedication and commitment to improving the quality of the lives of the persons served. Our services, personnel, and documentation are highlighted after each accreditation indicating an established pattern of practice excellence.

 

New Vehicles

Through a generous grant from the Weingart Foundation and the support received from our “Eat & Greet Support our Fleet” fundraisers, Vocational Visions has been able to purchase new vehicles for our programs.
In 2013 Vocational Visions purchased six Dodge Caravans. In 2014 we were able to purchase four new Sprinter vans; each equipped with three wheelchair positions. In order to accommodate growing program needs, we have leased eight Nissan Versas in December 2014.
These vehicles provide the opportunity for employment transportation and more community outings for Vocational Visions’ participants.

 

Milestones

1974   The Saddleback Valley Unified School District and Good Shepherd Lutheran Home
              begin an affiliation that becomes Saddleback Community Enterprises

1975   The organization is incorporated and moves from the grounds of Good Shepherd
              to a building on Taladro Circle in Mission Viejo.

1976   The organization’s Work Activity Program becomes vendored by the state

1982   Receives approval to begin the Day Training Activity Program (DTAC)

1984   Begins the Supported Employment Program with the first group site at Jim Click
              Ford in Irvine

1991   Receives vendorization to begin a community based Adult Development Program (ADP)

1994   Purchases and moves to the building at 26041 Pala, Mission Viejo

1996   Opens a program intended to serve seniors with developmental disabilities (Emeritus
             Program).

1996   The organization changes its name from Saddleback Community Enterprises to
             Vocational Visions.

1997   Begins serving men and women with restricted medical conditions by opening the Health
             Related Services Program (HRS)

1997   Begins an evening and weekend unfunded recreation program called the Clubhouse

1998   Moves the HRS, DTAC, and Emeritus Programs to a rented space on Madero in Mission
             Viejo

2003   Purchases and moves the HRS, DTAC, and Emeritus Programs to the building at 23612
             Alambre in Mission Viejo

2006   Receives an establishment grant to start the Direct Placement Program which serves men
             and women with disabilities other than developmental.