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Our Legacy of Services

1975

1975

Pat Hammond Launches Acampar Organization

Pat Hammond, a schoolteacher for the physically disabled, saw the need for increased relational support and investment in persons with disabilities. He launches the organization Acampar with the intention of providing a recreational experience that is emotionally engaging, relationally meaningful, and spiritually uplifting. Acampar runs a summer program facilitating 8 to 10 camps each year.

1980

1980

Special Ministries

Pat entrusts Acampar to a local church, where it became “Special Ministries” and continued the legacy to provide Summer Camps. In 1994 Scott & Louise Elliott start Volunteering with Special Ministries.

1996

1996

Scott Elliott Becomes Director

Under Scott’s vision and leadership, Special Ministries expands to provide year-round services including weekend programs, and winter camps in addition to the already existing summer camps.

2012

2012

The ICAN Vision

Scott determines that in order to grow the vision and direction of our organization that we need to become our own 501c3 non profit organization. The mission is to serve people with disabilities and their families through life skills training, employment services, and social programming. Our goal is to empower people with disabilities to discover and achieve their own ‘I CAN’ statement.

“I CAN work!” “I CAN have friends!” “I CAN learn and contribute to my community!”

2015

2015

ICAN Introduces Supported Employment Services

ICAN establishes supported employment services, a program that helps clients find jobs and provide coaching services to help them succeed at their new jobs.

2016

2016

Life Skills Day Program Launches

ICAN launches its own brand new life skills day program with the goal of developing employment training, fit & health living, and community integration.

2017

2017

Paid Internship Program

ICAN is one of the first organizations to launch the Paid Internship Program. This new opportunity allows clients new ways to gain experience at worksites while getting paid.

2018

2018

Supported Employment expands to Long Beach, CA

ICAN opens a new office in Downtown Long Beach to meet the growing demand of the Supported Employment Program

2020

ICAN Office in Long Beach CA. They offer disability services in Long Beach

ICAN launches a Site #2 in Long Beach, CA

Harbor Regional Center provides ICAN with a grant to build a new Partial Work Day Program in the Long Beach area. This new site on the traffic circle will host a new AM and PM Partial Work Day Program and a Supported Employment Program.

2021

this is office kitchen of ICAN which offers disability services in Torrance, CA

ICAN’s Site #1 moves into permanent home in Torrance, CA

After years of growing our programs ICAN finds a new 10,000 sqft building to call its home. This new space allows us to offer both an AM and PM Partial Work Day Program as well as Supported Employment and Social Programming.

2023

Canyon Verde location of ICAN, the California Abilities Network

ICAN establishes Site #3 in Redondo Beach, CA

This site, formerly Canyon Verde, served adults with disabilities before ICAN took over 10/2023. What's special? 30 years ago, our very own Scott and Louise began serving many clients from here through summer camps. A heartwarming testament to enduring connections and support.

What is next?

Always Growing!

ICAN is always looking for opportunities to grow and provide more quality services for Individuals with Disabilities. Interested in partnering with us?

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Volunteer
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Dear Prospective Volunteer,

Thank you for considering joining the ICAN volunteer community. Your willingness to contribute your time and skills is greatly appreciated.

Please take a moment to fill out this brief form to express your interest in volunteering with ICAN.

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Should you have any questions or require further assistance, please feel free to contact us.

We look forward to welcoming you to the ICAN volunteer family and working together to make a positive impact in our community.

Sincerely, Sandy Cervantes
ICAN Volunteer Coordinator