Howard Training Center is proud to announce it has been selected as a 2018 California Nonprofit of the Year by Senator Tom Berryhill.
Carla Strong, Executive Director and JoAnne Mooney, Board President will travel to Sacramento next week to join with one hundred other nonprofit leaders to be honored by their state senators and assembly members during a celebration luncheon as part of California Nonprofits Day on June 6th.
Howard Training Center (HTC) was created in 1950 by a group of eight parents concerned with promoting services for area children with developmental disabilities. They experienced firsthand the challenges their children faced living with a disability in a society that did not accept them. In 1953, HTC incorporated as a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to serving adult citizens in Stanislaus County with developmental disabilities, regardless of the severity of disability. Each day 246 adults depend on the 10 different programs provided by HTC.
For over 60 years, HTC has worked to create opportunity and support for individuals with disabilities to hold a meaningful place in the community to the fullest extent of their abilities.
“This is truly an honor for our entire organization. The challenges individuals with disabilities face in our society even today are extreme. At HTC we look at each individual not as disabled but differently abled. They have abilities that are different than mine and yours; they just want the chance to do as much as they possibly can and to be welcomed wherever they are. Isn’t that what we all want?” Executive Director Carla Strong - HTC
“I am honored to name Howard Training Center as the non-profit of the year in my district. For over 60 years, the Howard Training Center organization has bettered the lives of thousands of individuals with developmental disabilities by giving them hope and opportunity. They have made Stanislaus County a better place and the value of their work in our community cannot be overstated.” Senator Tom Berryhill – SD #8
“Nonprofits make California communities stronger, yet we’re often so busy that we don’t toot our own horns about the work we’re doing,” explains Jan Masaoka, CEO of the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits). “California Nonprofits Day is an opportunity for our elected officials to recognize the good work they see nonprofits doing in their districts, and it also demonstrates the larger collective impact of nonprofits throughout California.”