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CAPS honors Dick Prada by naming center in his memory
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Dick Prada was among those back in 1976 who believed Manteca needed to provide a way of assisting developmentally disabled adults by launching a day program.

Prada’s commitment and service on the Manteca CAPS board never wavered until his death in June from the organization’s humble start in the old fire station on Sycamore Avenue with three clients to one that now serves over 320 developmentally disabled adults daily from 16 cities in San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties.

In honor of Prada’s devotion to the organization, the CAPS board is renaming the building at North Main and North Street as the Dick Prada Building.

But perhaps more important for Prada, his last motion as a board member will go into effect Aug. 1. That’s when Manteca CAPS’ name will be changed to Valley CAPS to reflect the organization’s efforts throughout the valley. The acronym also will no longer stand for Community Action Programs. Instead it will be Center for Advanced personal Success.

Manteca CAPS Executive Director Paul Rengh indicated new signage and a plaque are being secured for the downtown building that will be named for Prada. Dedication ceremonies will be scheduled in the future.