Happy New Year from LIFE CIL

Wishing you and your family, friends and loved ones a very happy new year!  We hope that 2017 is all you wish for it to be and more!  Good luck to everyone on their new year’s resolutions (we all know that can sometimes be a challenge).  2016 ended the year with lots of accidents on the ice, so please be careful during these winter months.  Please call or come see us if there is anything we can assist you with this year.  Our Board of Directors and Staff are all happy to be able to continue serving our community and we look forward to another great year, assisting persons with disabilities to live independently.

 

 

Welcoming New Staff To Our Team

We are very excited to introduce the two newest members of our LIFE CIL team!

Georgene “GeGe” Chissell had been our temporary Transportation Specialist, assisting with our Connect Mobility certifications, and was recently hired as our Independent Living Advocate. GeGe will be assisting with our main core services: individual advocacy, independent living skills training, information and referral, youth services and peer mentoring. GeGe is a recent graduate of the Multicultural Leadership Program and is actively involved in our community.

Norma Espino has joined our team as part-time Secretary in our Bloomington office, a position that had been vacant for some time. Norma will be assisting with the phones, helping consumers with our equipment loan closet and supporting staff members with administrative duties. Norma is bilingual in English and Spanish and is looking forward to meeting you!

Help us welcome GeGe and Norma to our team; we are all looking forward to a great year ahead!

 

 

Free Bus Transit Orientations

Plan to attend a Free Bus Transit Orientation @ LIFE CIL or schedule one at your Organization! Learn about public transportation, how to plan a trip & ride, who is eligible for Connect Mobility & how to apply, and MORE!   Orientations are given by Shannon Tarkowski, Transportation Specialist, either at LIFE CIL in Bloomington (2201 Eastland Dr. Suite 1, Bloomington IL 61704), or at your organization (presentations can be customized to fit your needs). To request accommodations (like large print, or an interpreter) or to schedule an orientation, contact Shannon by phone 309-663-5433 or email: email hidden; JavaScript is required.
 

 

Wheelchair Basketball 2017

Mark your calendars–the date for Wheelchair Basketball 2017 is set!  On Saturday, April 8, members of the University of Illinois Wheelchair Basketball Teams will be returning to play against Be Strong.  We are waiting on confirmation of the location, but we’ll update you as soon as we know where this event will be.

This will be the ninth year we have had this fund raising event!  We could not do it without quite a few key people or organizations that help us out each year!  Please go to the Wheelchair Basketball link on this site to learn more about this event, our home teams, sponsorship opportunities and donations needed for this event.  It will be here before you know it, so be sure and mark your calendar and either join us again this year or come see what this event is all about!

 

 

Having Trouble Hearing on the Telephone?

LIFE Center for Independent Living may be able to help!  LIFE CIL is a selection center for the ITAC amplified telephone program.

FREE AMPLIFIED PHONE PROGRAM

If you have a landline telephone, there are currently 5 amplified phones to choose from. Come and test the phones and find out what works best for you!

If you have a cell phone that you have trouble hearing on, there is now a cellular phone amplifier you can get also!

WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO QUALIFY:

  • You must be a resident of the State of Illinois and provide proof of residency (copy of drivers license, state ID card, OR piece of mail showing same address as application)
  •  You must provide a copy of your telephone bill for a landline amplified phone and/or a copy of your cellular phone bill for a cell phone amplifier
  •  An ITAC amplified phone application; you’ll need to have your audiologist, physician OR certified DRS counselor complete the back of the application to certify you have a hearing loss

To receive an application or for more information, contact Brianne at LIFE CIL at 309/663-5433, toll free at 888/543-3245 or by email at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

 

 

Like us on Facebook!

You can click on the LIKE button to the right, or you can visit our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/lifecil.  We are hoping we will be able to further assist the community through social media and keep in touch with those who want to know what LIFE CIL is up to!

 

 

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Upcoming Events
  • Sunday, January 1: HAPPY NEW YEAR! May 2017 be all you wish for it to be & more!
  • Thursday, January 5: Employment Provider Group Meeting 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, January 5: Low Vision Support Group Meeting at Westminster Village (2025 E. Lincoln, Bloomington) 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, January 10: Human Services Council Meeting 12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 12: Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) Meeting 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Monday, January 16: LIFE CIL offices are closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Tuesday, January 17: Transition Planning Committee (TPC) Meeting 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 18: CEFT Meeting 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 19: Board Committee Meetings: Board Development Committee Meeting 4:15 p.m. & Community Relations Committee Meeting 5:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 26: Personal Assistant (PA) Orientation 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 2: Illinois Imagines Meeting 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 2: Low Vision Support Group at Westminster Village (2025 E. Lincoln, Bloomington) 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 14: Human Services Council Meeting 12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 15: CEFT Meeting 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 16: Board Committee Meetings: Board Development Committee Meeting 4:15 p.m. & Community Relations Committee Meeting 5:15 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 21: Transition Planning Committee (TPC) Meeting 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 23: Board of Directors Meeting 5:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 2: Illinois Imagines Meeting 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 2: Low Vision Support Group Meeting at Westminster Village (2025 E. Lincoln, Bloomington) 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 14: Human Services Council Meeting 12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 15: CEFT Meeting 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 16: Board Committee Meetings: Board Development Committee Meeting 4:15 p.m. & Community Relations Committee Meeting 5:15 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 21: Transition Planning Committee (TPC) Meeting 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 23: Board of Directors Meeting 5:15 p.m.