October 2023

Thank You for Supporting

TASC's Fall Music Festival!

We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to each and every one of you who attended, volunteered, performed, and supported TASC's Fall Music Festival this year! Your presence and enthusiasm transformed this event into a memorable celebration of music, community, and shared commitment to a noble cause.

The event featured an incredible lineup of live music performances by TASC clients, the TASC ASL Choir, the DRIVE, JD Nash, and James Ian. In addition to the outstanding music, our Festival included a delicious array of food and drinks, carnival games and rides, a petting zoo, and silent auction.

All the proceeds from this event will go directly to TASC, fueling our efforts to empower individuals with developmental disabilities. With your support, we can continue to make a difference in the lives of those who need it most, fostering a society where everyone is given the chance to thrive.

Once again, thank you for being an essential part of TASC's Fall Music Festival. We look forward to seeing you again at future events!

Congratulations to our raffle winner, Vivi Jimenez. She won a $50 Regal gift card. It pays to be a TASC newsletter subscriber!

If you attended this event and would like to take part in our event survey, please click here (it will only take 2 minutes).

See more photos from the event here and here!

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, a time to celebrate the countless contributions of individuals with disabilities in the workplace. At TASC, we firmly believe that everyone, regardless of their disability, deserves the opportunity to work and contribute meaningfully to society.

We are proud to employ a proven approach known as Customized Employment. This tailored method allows us to create personalized employment opportunities for individuals, regardless of their level of disability. By focusing on individual strengths, skills, and interests, we can match them with the right job, ensuring a perfect fit for both the employee and the employer. Through Customized Employment, we achieve long-term outcomes, transforming lives and helping individuals become productive members of the integrated workforce.

Employment is not just about earning a living; it’s about building a future. Through work, individuals with disabilities gain more than financial independence. They experience a sense of pride, knowing they are supporting themselves and contributing to society. Moreover, employment expands social networks and fosters new relationships, offering invaluable opportunities for inclusion and belonging. By working together, we not only create jobs but also cultivate a sense of community where everyone is valued.

As we mark National Disability Employment Awareness Month, let us celebrate the abilities, talents, and resilience of individuals with disabilities. Let us acknowledge their potential and honor their contributions. At TASC, we are committed to creating a world where everyone is empowered to work, where abilities are recognized, and where inclusivity thrives.

TASC Photo Contest is OPEN!

It's time for our annual photo contest! TASC clients who are a part of DayStar, Community Integration Training (CIT), Specialized Therapeutic Services (STS), Employment, and In-Home Services are invited to submit their original photos in any/all of the following categories (one entry per category): Nature, Animals, Flowers, Hobbies, Favorite Places, and Seasons. The winning photos will be included in a TASC calendar for 2024. 

To enter, fill out this form before Thursday, November 9: Photo Submission LinkThere will be 2 winners per category, 12 winners total, decided by a committee of peers that are not entering the contest. For any questions, please contact Susan: scongdon@taschq.com.

2022 Winning Photos

See's Candies Fundraiser

TASC is bringing back the See's Candies Fundraiser this year! Help TASC raise funds while completing your holiday shopping list! Up to 50% of proceeds go back to TASC when purchasing select items.

You have TWO different options for purchasing candy:

Option 1: You can purchase by order form and we will arrange for a drop-off or pick-up from TASC. The benefit to this option is there are no shipping fees, however you must order before the deadline (November 30) and candy won't be ready until/after December 6.

For this option:

  • Click https://bit.ly/seesforTASC2023 to view, download and fill out the order form (if you download the PDF version, it's fillable). Forms/orders can be submitted by email to Susan Congdon at scongdon@taschq.com.
  • Payments can be submitted online at https://bit.ly/40nEppf or by check payable and sent to: The Adult Skills Center (16600 Sherman Way, Suite 240, Lake Balboa, CA 91406)
  • Key Dates: Submit orders by Thursday, November 30th. Order will be ready on/or after December 6th.

Option 2: Shop from TASC's online storefront by clicking hereThe benefit is that you can have your items shipped to just about anywhere in the U.S. and you'll receive your items based on your shipping preference. However, shipping rates apply (free shipping for orders over $65).

  • Go to our online storefront: CLICK HERE
  • Key Dates: All orders must be submitted online by Thursday, November 30th. Shipping dates will depend on the options you choose at check-out.

For any questions or for more info, please contact Susan Congdon at scongdon@taschq.com

Upcoming Events

October 31


Trunk or Treat Program Event

Halloween Festivities for clients at the Sanctuary. Costume Parade, Music, Food, Trunk Decorating and Pumpkin Carving Contest.

November 1


Black and African American Support Group

Coming together to create a safe, supportive place to

connect with other families to share resources, provide

advocacy and to be part of an inclusive community.

Please email theresa.quary@csun.edu to receive the log in information.

November 21

Thanksgiving Program Event

Time TBD

Save the date for a Thanksgiving celebration at the Sanctuary. San Fernando Valley and Antelope Valley clients are welcome. More details coming soon!

Program Closures: 

TASC Day Programs and Offices will be closed on Friday, November 10 for staff training, and Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24, in observance of Thanksgiving.

Mission Statement:
The Adult Skills Center (TASC) provides innovative and proactive services that empowers individuals with diverse intellectual, developmental and mental health needs to achieve their highest level of independence and realize their greatest potential.

TASC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your contribution will have an immediate and direct impact on TASC’s ability to improve the lives of the men and women we serve. Your contributions are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. Tax ID: 95-4116924

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