Mission: Improve the quality of life and promote independence and inclusion in society for developmentally disabled individuals and families living in San Bernardino and Riverside counties.
Impact: Another Way serves over 1,000 children and adults with developmental disabilities each year through its unmet basic needs and grant programs, food and toy drives.
History: Another Way was founded in 1986 by a group of dedicated Inland Regional Center employees. This determined and caring group of individuals became frustrated and concerned as they witnessed some of their most vulnerable clients struggling to pay for the basics. In response, employees mobilized, formed a committee, called themselves Another Way and began to give willingly of their time and resources. Staff envisioned the program acting as a safety net for families in crisis and as a resource to families in need. With hard work this vision became reality and for the last 28 years children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities have received monetary support from Another Way to help pay for rent, utilities, mobility equipment, medications and other necessities. An accomplishment made possible with help from Inland Regional Center, its employees, and community supporters.
A tradition of caring!
Another Way’s responds to the needs of children and adults with disabilities by lending a helping hand. Each December Another Way host an annual food drive “Navidad en el Barrio” that provides food to hundreds of families in the local area. Each family receives bags that contain chicken, cheese, tortillas, canned foods and produce. Volunteers from Another Way, Inland Regional Center and other community partners like UPS, the local Housing Authority, Innovative Business Partnerships, Desert ARC and ARC of Riverside County make the event a success! Another honored tradition among Another Way volunteers is the annual Angel Toy Drive. The Angel Toy Drive represents the true meaning of the holidays as generosity prevails and hundreds of gifts are donated. A unique aspect of Another Way’s toy drive is the care taken to select the perfect present for each child on Santa’s Nice List. The child’s age, likes and disability are taken into account by the elves purchasing the gifts. The response to each present is overwhelming as ohhs, ahhs and happy giggles are heard across the room. Adding to the excitement is taking a picture with Santa. Each family receives a free photo and many are brought to tears by the gesture. For some families this is their only family photo. The event is truly a memorable occasion and reminds all of us of the true meaning of the season. In addition to these annual events Another Way is here for consumers when they or their family members are struggling to pay rent, keep the lights on, buy food and clothing. It’s meant to be a resource when all other options have been exhausted. To achieve this Another Way raises funds through an annual golf tournament, grants, individual and corporate donations. A sustaining source of funding are Inland Regional Center employees.
If you are a consumer or the parent or guardian of a consumer and you find yourself in an emergency situation you may be able to request help through Another Way’s Safety Net Program (unmet basic needs) which was developed to help a client when he or she is struggling financially due to an unexpected emergency such as job loss, a hospital stay, or loss of family support. The goal is to help an individual during a difficult time in an effort to keep the situation from spiraling out of control and impacting a person’s ability to maintain or regain economic, emotional, and social stability.The purpose is to help pay for food, clothing, medications, rent, utilities, burial, and other necessities when emergencies arise.
The California Wellness Foundation has generously awarded Another Way with funds to help adult and senior consumers pay for preventative and restorative dental work. There are specific parameters each client will have to fit. Please contact Another Way or your Consumer Services Coordinator for more information. The Community Foundation also awarded Another Way a grant to help pay for mobility equipment. The Mobility Equipment Assistance Program assists clients with mobility equipment such as, wheelchairs, canes, and walkers. The purpose of the program is to identify clients in need of equipment, secure the equipment, training and other assistance to meet the specific mobility needs of IRC clients. The goal is to improve the client’s mobility and independence, thereby improving the quality of life of children and adults with developmental disabilities. We are trying to keep people from solitude and confinement due to lack of mobility.
You can help!
Can I donate to Another Way? Yes. Another Way accepts individual and corporate donations. These can be made by mail to 1365 S. Waterman Ave. San Bernardino, CA; or by phone at 909-890-3045. Can I volunteer? Yes. Another Way hosts an annual golf tournament, food and toy drive. Volunteers are needed to help with a variety of activities. If you would like to participate please contact Andrea Gonzales at 909-890-3045 or by email at email@example.com. What is Another Way’s tax – ID number? Another Way operates under Inland Regional Center’s tax ID # of 23-7121672. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.