Over 32 years ago, a small program division of the Foundation for Education Achievement (FEA) embarked on a path toward creating universal social equality. This vision began with eight individuals with severe disabilities being taught vocational and independent living skills at Midway Adult Education Center. In July 2007, the FEA board granted Community Options the authority to become its own separate stand alone 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization now known as E&CO. Today, this movement has progressed into a successful organization, essential to the welfare of communities throughout four counties in California (San Diego, San Bernardino, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz ). Since its formation in 1985, E&CO’s programs and services have effectively assisted in providing jobs, life skills training and affordable housing to individuals with developmental disabilities.
- July 1985 services begin at Midway Adult Education Center. The first programs were community-based programs with a vocational emphasis for individuals with the most severe developmental disabilities. Services were funded by both the San Diego Community College District and San Diego Regional Center.
El Cajon and Chula Vista community-based programs start.
Expansion to Santee, Mira Mesa & Gilroy for our community-based programs
- In northern CA a third community-based program is started in Santa Cruz.
- Our growth and expansion in southern California allowed us to hire a full-time job developer in September of 1994. Within 6 months we were able to increase the number of consumers employed by 30%.
1,000 people served annually at Community Options
- Employment Services (Fee-for Service) starts in San Bernardino.
- Became “Employment & Community Options”
- Jitter Bean Coffee Cart micro-enterprise opens
- Supported Employment approved in Austin, TX
- MadeIt Film & Media Academies Open