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This TMI Integrated Work Group is Doing What it Takes to Give Back

Updated: May 14, 2019

Toward Maximum Independence (TMI) would like to congratulate one of our amazing Corona Integrated Work groups on completing a required civil rights training for their volunteer work at the Grove Community Church in Riverside, CA. While the training was challenging, Gloria, Lacey and Sara, and their wonderful Job Coach Angelina Rodriguez were able to complete it to continue assisting with the Grove’s Corner Pantry program which assists local residents in a season of financial struggle with offsetting their grocery bill by providing free bags of food.

(Gloria, Michelle, Lacey, Angelina, Ashley, and Sara)

(Gloria, Michelle, Lacey, Angelina, Ashley, and Sara)

“There is no question that, when money gets tight for families here in Riverside’s Orangecrest area, something as simple as discounted food can go a long way to help out financially,” via the Grove’s website.

This is a huge accomplishment for the group! It allows them to continue to serve individuals in need of food and gave them the opportunity to learn the food distribution process. In addition, the group learned how to always be respectful and friendly to those in need. They also learned that because you are in need doesn’t mean you should feel ashamed for receiving assistance.

“I am very grateful to help families that need assistance and I love working with everyone at the Grove Church,” said TMI’s client Gloria. “I enjoy working hard.”

The group has been volunteering at the Grove Church for a year and truly feel that they are making an impact. The civil rights training is required for the church because of the importance of giving in a respectful manner to those in desperate need.

“I love working at the Grove Church and it is so much fun learning new things every week,” said TMI’s client Lacey.

Angelina has been the TMI Job Coach for the group for three years with the support of TMI Division Manager Maria Salcedo. The group also volunteers at the Al-Rahma Food Bank in Moreno Valley where their volunteer work was featured on the ABC7 news (watch the VIDEO HERE).!

“Thank you to the Grove Church for always welcoming us with open arms and allowing our group to work toward their independence goals,” said Angelina.

TMI clients volunteering at food banks is not only a benefit for the food banks and those it helps, but it also gives our clients an opportunity to learn new skills and be a part of the community. Michelle and Ashley are the directors of the Corner Pantry, along with Pastor Andy.

“I am happy that Pastor Andy and Michelle let us be part of their team,” said TMI’s client Sara. “I am very happy working with them.”

Congratulations to Gloria, Lacey and Sara, as well as Angelina on completing the training! Thank you to the Grove Community Church for partnering with TMI to make a difference in the lives of our clients and giving them the opportunity to do the same for others.


Toward Maximum Independence (TMI) has been transforming the lives of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities since 1981 and the deaf and hard of hearing since 2000. Like all of us, our clients are born with hopes, dreams and the drive to contribute to society. TMI strives to help our clients to realize their hopes and dreams by providing employment, community living and family support programs throughout San Diego, Riverside and Imperial Counties.

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