East County Training Center clients volunteer in keeping Tuttle Park clean

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Vocational training, job placement, employment and many programs for building daily life skills for persons with disabilities is the backbone of every program run by The Arc of San Diego. In El Cajon, The East County Training Center, plays a vital role in helping adults with disabilities.

Every Monday and Friday they go to Tuttle Park in El Cajon, doing a community service by keeping the park clean of trash and debris. Wanting to be active, they volunteer hours in expectations of keeping the park a safe and clean place for the community to enjoy.

Vocational training, job placement, employment and many programs for building daily life skills for persons with disabilities is the backbone of every program run by The Arc of San Diego. In El Cajon, The East County Training Center, plays a vital role in helping adults with disabilities.

Every Monday and Friday they go to Tuttle Park in El Cajon, doing a community service by keeping the park clean of trash and debris. Wanting to be active, they volunteer hours in expectations of keeping the park a safe and clean place for the community to enjoy.

It began a few years ago when the East County Training Center (ECTC) began working with I Love a Clean San Diego. Santee resident Nicole Johnson, ECTC training and development, said that this program is great for its clients because many are retired, but still want to maintain vocational skills.

“They get to go out into the community, stay active, maintain the skills they already have and give back to the community,” she said. “They sweep the area and provide litter abatement services.”

Lauren Zamora, marketing coordinator for The Arc of San Diego, said the ECTC is just one of its more than 20 centers throughout the county. Arc of San Diego, established in 1951, is one of the largest non-profit providers in the county for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She said the ECTC is one of five locations that offer more than eight day-programs.

“East County Training Center serves mostly adults with day, senior citizen, parent-infant programs with a variety of different services throughout East County.

Johnson said the ECTC is a day program with several departments.

“The East County Training Center offers adult day center for more severe clients, activities center, community base department, senior community based departments and a tailored day program that is one-on-one,” she said.

The East County Training Center is located at 1314 E. Lexington Ave in El Cajon. For more information about the services it offers throughout San Diego County with The Arc of San Diego go to www.arc-sd.com, and find them on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

East County Training Center clients volunteer in keeping Tuttle Park clean