The Michael Ziegler PRIDE Industries Foundation

Reviewed by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation

$43,805 raised by 67 donors

88% complete

$50,000 Goal


Born with Spina Bifida, confined to a wheelchair since toddlerhood, Jasmine Long is no stranger to challenges. But she’s also tenacious. In adolescence, she set three goals: get an education, get a vehicle, and get a job.

By age 22, she was well on the way to completing her educational goal. Yet, despite having experience as a math tutor and nearing graduation with her bachelor’s degree, her job applications had yielded no interviews. 

“It was kind of like a series of hills,” she said. “When I’d get turned down again, I’d get discouraged for a few months. It would turn into depression. Eventually, I’d try again. Then another rejection would come, and so would the discouragement.” 

Then her Department of Rehabilitation counselor told her about PRIDE Industries and out I AM ABLE Helpline. Soon enough, Jasmine began a paid internship—one that ultimately led to her current position as an employment specialist for the Ticket to Work Program. With her trademark tenacity and can-do attitude, she’s excelling in the role. 

In 1966, a group of parents came together to discuss how to create employment opportunities for their adult children with disabilities. These parents—true pioneers of the modern inclusivity movement—came up with a solution that enabled their children to experience the dignity, independence, and sense of purpose that comes with employment. That solution was PRIDE Industries. 

Our mission is to create employment for people with disabilities and, as the leading employer of people with disabilities, it is our vision to inspire and accomplish an inclusive world where people of all abilities have equal access to achieve their employment goals. From this vision, PRIDE Industries promotes the following values, which are the core of who we are as a company: Inclusion, Social Impact, Respect, and Innovation. 

PRIDE Industries has led the industry in person-centered vocational rehabilitation, training, support services, and employment opportunities for people with disabilities—both visible and invisible. We designed proprietary, ground-breaking training/employment programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our Veterans Employment Advantage Program addresses the unique needs of wounded veterans entering the civilian workforce. Our foster youth liaisons guide former foster youth through coaching and training for career success. And our unique I AM ABLE Employment Helpline connects people with disabilities and barriers to employment in California with the support services and employment opportunities they need to contribute to their communities. 

Our Foundation was named in honor of former PRIDE Industries’ CEO Michael Ziegler, who dedicated his career to promoting a work environment where people of all abilities can thrive. 100% of your contributions are used to directly support employment opportunities for people with disabilities or barriers to employment. 

If you or someone you know could benefit from our services, call our Helpline at (844) I-AM-ABLE (844-426-2253) or visit


To create employment for people with disabilities.


PRIDE Industries’ I AM ABLE Helpline is the only employment helpline of its kind in the country that helps people navigate every step of the employment journey.

The Helpline assists people in both English and Spanish. In the first year, we connected more than 700 people to community programs that provide job readiness training, ongoing support, and employment opportunities. Two years later we anticipate helping 3,000 people.

Your donation will support this vital service, so that more people with disabilities can experience the dignity of a paycheck and the satisfaction of meaningful work.

Organization Data


Organization name

The Michael Ziegler PRIDE Industries Foundation

Tax id (EIN)


Mission Category

Human Services

Operating Budget

More than $100 million

Organization Need

Funding: Program, Funding: Unrestricted

Demographics Served

Individuals with disabilities, Veterans, General population

Counties Served

El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, Yolo


10030 Foothills Blvd.
Roseville, CA 95747

Service areas

Placer, CA, US

Sacramento, CA, US

Yolo, CA, US

El Dorado, CA, US

Amador, CA, US


916 788 2302

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