a private non-profit organization, was founded in 1956.
Realizing the need for Vocational Training for mentally
challenged adults, a group of concerned parents and citizens
formed the organization.
original Workshop started in the home of Cathryn Boyd. It was
later moved to the Thomen Center, located in Orange. After an
apparent need for more room, the Board members started looking
for a permanent facility for the OCARC Workshop. In the late
60's Mrs. Nelda Stark donated property at the current location,
and with this donation, money was raised to erect the building
still in use today.
Since 1971, OCARC
has expanded with other Workshop extensions, serving around 80
adults daily and a staff of 16. OCARC has now been in the
industrial engraving sign business for over 20 years, and makes
all types of signs, desk sets, name pins both in plastic and
metal, and a number of other products.
OCARC is funded
in part by the United Fund, but our Workshops try to be as
self-supporting as possible through the products we produce. In
the spirit of trying to be totally self-supporting, other
products have been included in our business, such as: Trophies,
Plaques, and Industrial Signs.
Our goal is to
make the client as self-sufficient as possible. Hopefully we can
train them so they have enough skills to get a job in the
private sector and lead a normal, productive life in society.
With your help and business, we will continue to accomplish this