Due to the announcement by the World Health Organization (WHO) that the COVID-19 coronavirus has now been classified as a pandemic, LIFE Center for Independent Living (LIFE CIL) has implemented an Infectious Disease Response Plan. Effective immediately and until further notice, the following changes will occur. Please be advised this is just a brief summary of our plan.

  •  All group meetings and events will be cancelled until further notice.
  • No outside organizations or groups may use our conference room to hold their meetings or events until further notice.

 

Regular Groups

The following groups meet at LIFE Center for Independent Living on a regular basis.  There are a few times each year that LIFE CIL does not allow outside meetings to take place, as Center business is being conducted in the conference room instead.  Check the calendar of events to be sure the meeting you plan to attend will be held here at LIFE CIL’s Bloomington office.

 

At LIFE CIL’s Bloomington Office Conference Room

Human Services Council: The Human Service Council is open to any person involved in the human services field.  Professionals meet, exchange ideas and news, and network among other human service agencies and organizations.  There is usually a presenter each month on various topics.  The Human Services Council meets on the second Tuesday of each month from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.  Please feel free to bring your own lunch and eat during the meeting.

 

LIFE’S LEADERS Peer Support Group: LIFE’S LEADERS is a cross-disability support group for individuals with disabilities between the ages of 14 -24 and you can bring one guest with you.  This group is a good way to meet new people, have fun, gain confidence and leadership skills and take charge of your life.  LIFE’S LEADERS meets the second Wednesday of every month from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. and a light dinner is provided.  Contact Meri Helbig (email hidden; JavaScript is required or by calling 309/663-5433) to RSVP by the Tuesday before the meeting to make sure there is enough food for everyone. **

**LIFE CIL will provide accommodations such as a sign language interpreter, a foreign language interpreter, or alternative formats at no cost to you, but LIFE CIL needs at least a 2 week notice to secure the requested accommodation.  Any accommodation requests  should go to: Meri Helbig, Program Director (email hidden; JavaScript is required or by calling 309/663-5433).

 

Peer Support Group for Adults with Disabilities/CEFT: This adult peer support group is a cross-disabilities support group for adults with any disability.  This group is a great way to meet new people, have fun, learn to be a great advocate and gain confidence and leadership skills.  The Citizens to Ensure Fair Transit (CEFT) has incorporated with this peer support group.  This group meets the second Thursday of each month from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m. and a light lunch is provided. Contact Rob Ballantini (309/750-5144 or 309/262-2138) to RSVP by the Wednesday before the meeting to make sure there is enough food for everyone. **

**LIFE CIL will provide accommodations such as a sign language interpreter, a foreign language interpreter, or alternative formats at no cost to you, but LIFE CIL needs at least a 2 week notice to secure the requested accommodation.  Any accommodation requests  should go to: Shannon Tarkowski, Independent Living Advocate (email hidden; JavaScript is required or by calling 309/663-5433).

 

Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC):  The Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) consists of representatives from local transit providers, social service providers, and community members.  The members address transportation issues and concerns, as well as provide input for the development of transportation options.  TAC meets the third Tuesday of every month from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

 

McLean County Senior Services Council: The McLean County Senior Services Council consists of representatives from local organizations that assist seniors in the community with a variety of services.  McLean County Senior Services Council meets the third Wednesday of every month from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m.

 

If you have a disability-related group that would like to have a meeting at LIFE Center for Independent Living, contact the Administrative Services Director to see if the room is available and if we can meet your needs.