Desert Arc, a leading nonprofit who has for over 62 years been serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities within the Coachella Valley, the Morongo Basin, and outlying desert communities, has announced the debut of its Shred It and Forget It Fridays! Program.  These public Shredding & Recycling events will take place on the third Friday of every month, from 9:00 am to 12 noon.  Local area businesses, as well as, residents are invited to take part in disposing of their sensitive and confidential records, while supporting this worthwhile nonprofit. 

“Desert Arc’s mission is to enhance the lives and create opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” said Richard Balocco, President/CEO of Desert Arc.  “We are dedicated to social innovation and our Business Services such as the Shredding & Recycling Division is an example of an initiative that extends our impact by providing jobs and vocational training to those we serve, and ultimately improves the well-being of individuals and communities.”

“The Rancho Mirage City Council is extremely proud of their partnership with Desert Arc,” said Charles Townsend, Mayor, City of Rancho Mirage.  “Desert Arc is now handling all of our Shredding and Electronic Waste Recycling needs for the City.  The entire organization is filled with wonderful people and incredible stories of hope. I would encourage any individual to participate in one of their fundraising events, to witness the encouraging work being done in our community.  I would also compel any business to consider using Desert Arc’s Business Services, knowing the difference being made in the lives of these inspiring individuals.”

Residents and businesses are always looking for a way to securely shred and dispose of confidential documents such as financial information, legal documents, medical records, and computer hard drives. So, on the third Friday of every month, Desert Arc will have its mobile shredding truck at its corporate headquarters, located at 73255 Country Club Drive in Palm Desert, available to service the business and residential community’s needs. 

According to Angelique Ontiveros, Desert Arc’s Director of Business Services, “Desert Arc’s Shredding & Recycling Division is firmly committed to the secure disposal of confidential documents and e-waste materials. Every step of our system ensures HIPAA and FACTA compliance with a guaranteed chain of custody. Our nonprofit organization is also taking a leadership role in the field of environmental stewardship and sustainability, while serving people with disabilities.”

Tom Dumez, the Owner & President of Prime Compliance, a Certified HIPAA Professional and a Certified Security Compliance Specialist, recently conducted a risk assessment and training session at Desert Arc’s Shredding & Recycling Center in Indio, to prepare the team for its upcoming iSIGMA and NAID (National Association of Information Destruction) AAA Certification® process.  According to Tom Dumez, “To many people, “compliance” means checking a box, but it goes well beyond just checking a box. This prestigious certification informs the public, and officially attests that shredding and recycling businesses like Desert Arc’s uphold and are accountable to the highest industry standards in compliance with privacy laws.”

Businesses, as well as the community-at-large, will be able to bring those sensitive files to Desert Arc to have them destroyed by the only compliant, high-security, local mobile shredding truck within the Coachella Valley. The cost is $5.00 per Banker Box or Shred Bag, and $8.00 per hard drive.  

“Angelique Ontiveros and her team at Desert Arc’s Shredding & Recycling Division, go above and beyond at every turn for their customers,” said Meegan Villa, President of Proper Solutions Staffing.  “Their team members who pick up our shredding are always friendly and professional. For our company, being able to support the wonderful programs and services that Desert Arc provides to our community, while getting a needed business service is a great combination!”

The next upcoming Shred It and Forget It Friday! event will be held on June 17, with others scheduled in 2022 on July 15, August 19, September 16, October 21, November 18, and December 16.  Proceeds from these public monthly shredding and recycling events will go toward funding Desert Arc’s many programs and services for its nearly 700 adults with disabilities.  

Since its founding in 1959, Desert Arc has been offering people–centric programs and resources designed to meet the needs of its clients including: an adult day program, vocational training, job development, job placement and employment, nutrition, sports and recreation including case management and personalized coordination of services, plus, advocacy for community integration and programs for support of independent living.  Desert Arc has been recognized within the community for its mission of enhancing their clients’ quality of life and creating opportunities for each person. Dedicated to social innovation, Desert Arc has also created a variety of enterprises providing Business Services to area companies including their Shredding & Recycling, Landscape Maintenance, Janitorial, and Fulfillment Divisions. These are growing micro–businesses developed to provide employment for Desert Arc clients, as well as, an earned income revenue stream to ensure the sustainability and future of Desert Arc. 

For more information regarding Desert Arc’s Shredding & Recycling service offerings, please call 760-404-1370 or visit