Regional Center of Orange County (RCOC) coordinates services and supports for more than 18,000 people in Orange County who have developmental disabilities - conditions such as autism, intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy and severe epilepsy. Many families in Orange County who have children with disabilities have very low incomes and cannot afford to buy holiday presents for their little ones. Some of the adults with disabilities whom we serve do not have families and would not receive holiday gifts were it not for the generosity of others such as you and your staff members.
Once again, this Christmas season, school bus professionals had the privilege to give back to the community they serve. Through a partnership with the Regional Center of Orange County and CASTO Chapter 2, they participated in the "Giving Tree", a program designed to provide holiday gifts to individuals with lifelong developmental disabilities. Regional Center Senior Service Coordinator, Larry Maltz, appreciates the partnership between school bus professionals and the center, relationship that began more than 25 years ago.
From its inception, school bus drivers and others wanted to be certain former students were not forgotten during the holidays. The center is able to identify older, former student passengers and asks each for three holiday gift wishes. Through monetary donations solicited at CASTO events and members "adopting" individuals, these wishes are granted. School bus professionals are pleased to continue to care for their former students through the Regional Center.
Anyone interested in the Regional Center "Giving Tree" project can contact Jennifer Casteel at 714-796-5330. Gifts and monetary donations are accepted throughout the year.
Elmer Bequette, A longtime member of the CASTO family passed away at the age of 89 on 01/02/2019. After serving our country as a United States Marine, Elmer worked for Ocean View School District for 28 years and retired as the Director of Transportation. Elmer also served as Co-Chair of the 1973 CASTO Conference, Chair of the 1978 CASTO Conference and Chair of the 1986 CASTO Conference.
Elmer has now been reunited in Heaven with the love of his life, his wife of 63 years, Mildred. Survived by 6 children, 14 grandchildren and 10 great children.
Services were held on 01/22/2019 with his final resting place at the Riverside National Cemetery.
The loss of a CASTO charter family member............................