News

JP-PAS Program continues to change lives! Apply today!

We made it over the hump, and in this last week of April, just sending a reminder that the Florida Association of Centers for Independent Living (FACIL) is still accepting applications for the James Patrick Memorial Work Incentive Personal Assistant Services and Employment Assistance (JP-PAS) Program!

Our very own Mark Brisbane, Five Core Program Manager, has been utilizing JP-PAS for years, and he wanted to share a few words again about the difference that JP-PAS has made in his life:

“JP-PAS has enabled me as I’ve gotten older to sustain myself to be able to continue working full-time at the age of 55! It’s vital for me to be able to afford dependable PCA care to get up everyday to start my day off the right way and be productive! Without JP-PAS, I would struggle to remain independent and be able to work full-time!”

If you or anyone you know would benefit from this amazing program or if you would like to learn more, please visit http://www.floridacils.org/pca-services-program!

Image description: Light blue background with the top of the image reading: “The JP-PAS Personal Attendant Services and Employment Assistance Program” in large dark blue lettering. In the bottom center of the graphic, there is a 2014 picture of Mark sitting in his wheelchair, in his old office and smiling at the camera. He is wearing a burgundy oxford shirt with the sleeves rolled up to his elbows. The FACIL logo is in the center of the graphic on the left side and the JP-PAS logo is in the center on the right side. In between them is the program’s website, written in the above paragraph.

CIL Thanks Alachua Expo Team!

We wanted to give a BIG shout out to our awesome Emergency Expo duo, Kevin and Sada! Thank you so much for all of your preparation, hard work, and helping to make our 1st Annual Emergency Preparedness Expo for Alachua County such a wonderful success!

Many thanks also to our vendors, sponsors, venue hosts and attendees! This all would not have been possible without your support. We are already looking forward to next year!

Image Description: Picture of Sada and Kevin, both wearing grey CIL polo shirts and black pants. They are standing next the CIL sign at the Gainesville office, with green bushes in front of them. Sada is to the left and Kevin is to the right. They are both smiling and posing, leaning towards the sign with their arms outstretched, one up and one down.

Join us for CIL online classes in May!

Summer is on the horizon!

Hang out with us on Tuesdays for Youth Leadership & Social Group from 3:30 – 5pm and on Wednesdays for Independence Hacks from 10:30am – 12:00pm. The meeting username is 352-378-7474 and the password is cilclass for every class, every week!

Please, share this with those who may wish to participate and contact Terri Poucher at 352-378-7474 or tpoucher@cilncf.org if you have any questions.

Image Description: Dark blue background with yellow daisies on the bottom and CIL Logo in top right corner. In the top center is a bright blue heading that reads: “May Online Calendar”. Underneath are white daisies with “Tuesdays” and “Wednesdays” inside. The class titles and meeting times are next to their corresponding weekday and the meeting ID and password is written at the bottom of the image.

THANK YOU for another AMAZING day!

#TheAmazingGive has come to an end with donations totaling over $7,500 dollars!! We appreciate our donors so much for going above and beyond. You’ve helped our community and have made a huge difference in the lives of people with disabilities. On behalf of the CIL staff and consumers, thank you so much!!

SPECIAL THANKS to Infotech and their AMAZING Lunch Bunch Match donation of $500! You all ROCK and really helped us make a difference in the lives of our consumers with disabilities who need wheelchair ramps!

Also, if you missed the giving day, don’t worry! Our donation page will remain open for donations until midnight on Sunday, April 24th! So, there is still time to make an impact by visiting our page link below!

CIL Amazing Give Page Link: https://www.theamazinggive.org/organizations/center-for-independent-living-of-north-central-florida

Image description: Light blue background with a confetti animation. “Thank you for your donation!” is written in large, dark blue lettering in the center of the graphic and the Community Foundation and CIL logos are in the bottom left and right corners, respectively.

Today is the day for The Amazing Give!

#TheAmazingGive has officially begun! For the next 12 hours you can be part of one of our biggest fundraising events of the year. Your generous donations to the Center for Independent Living will help our Wheelchair ramp Building Program!

You can support us and those with disabilities by visiting our Amazing Give page link below and helping to spread the word!  Don’t forget about our AMAZING Lunch Bunch Match opportunity! From 12 – 1pm, all donations will be DOUBLED during that hour, through a very generous $500 matching gift from our awesome sponsor, Infotech, so your donations will make twice the difference! Thank you so much for your support!

CIL Amazing Give Page Link: https://www.theamazinggive.org/organizations/center-for-independent-living-of-north-central-florida

Image description: Light green background that fades into an eggshell white towards the top of the graphic. There are pink flowers in the top right and bottom left corners and the Community Foundation logo is also in the bottom left corner. The CIL logo is in the bottom right corner. At the top of the graphic, “Today is the day” is written in dark purple font and arranged in a semi-circle. Below it, there’s a large pink heart and The Amazing Give, April 21st, 2022, 7 AM – 7 PM is written inside of it.

CIL Closed this Friday!

Happy Spring!  The CIL will be closed on Friday, April 22nd for a Staff Spring Cleaning Day!  We will resume our regular business hours on Monday.  Please be sure to call us at 352-378-7474 or e-mail cilncf.org@gmail.com with any immediate questions or concerns. 

Have a wonderful rest of your day!

Just one more day until The Amazing Give!

We are officially less than 24 hours away from #TheAmazingGive!

For the 7th year in a row, the CIL will be participating in the online community fundraiser, The Amazing Give, on April 21st from 7am to 7pm. Donations raised through this event are an essential part of supporting our organization, and this year we are setting a goal of $10,000 – and we know we can reach it with your help! Your generous donations will go directly towards our Wheelchair Ramp Building Program!

Please consider donating if you are able, and check out our page link below. If you are able to donate, we have an AMAZING Lunch Bunch Match opportunity from 12 – 1pm! On the giving day, all donations will be DOUBLED during that hour, through a very generous $500 matching gift from our awesome sponsor, Infotech, so your donations will make twice the difference! You can also help by spreading the word and sharing on your social media networks!

Additionally, you can help the CIL win an extra prize! Four prizes of $500 will be given throughout the giving day to participating nonprofits mentioned in a post from community supporters using #WhyIGiveGNV on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Tik Tok. The post can contain a video, a photo or a quote. The #WhyIGiveGNV must be used. Paid employees or consultants working at a participating nonprofit are encouraged to participate, however, will not be eligible to win. The post must be on an individual or business profile. This is happening now and ends on April 21st at 7pm.

Thank you so much for your support and helping the CIL reach our goal!

CIL Amazing Give Page Link: https://www.theamazinggive.org/organizations/center-for-independent-living-of-north-central-florida

Image description: Light blue background with a green, rectangular sign in the middle of the graphic. The event and time are written inside of the green sign and the Community Foundation logo is inside of a white rectangle below it. The CIL logo is in the bottom right corner.

Remembering Delma

The CILNCF recently received some heartbreaking news.  Sadly, our sweet Delma lost her long-fought battle with Sickle Cell last week.  She was part of our CIL family for just over 3 years.  Delma had a kind and caring heart, and provided excellent service to our consumers, our ADA Paratransit Program and the CIL as a whole. 

Delma was incredibly dedicated and always went above and beyond to help in any way she could for our consumers in need.  While working from home, especially during the height of the pandemic, Delma often called consumers while lying down due to severe fatigue, or even worked on her laptop at lengthy doctor’s appointments.

Delma was an integral part of our CIL family, and it will never be the same without her.  All of us here at the CIL are sending many thoughts and prayers to her family during this very difficult time.  It is hard for us to imagine that we will not see her wonderful smile and demeanor, or hear her soft-spoken voice and caring words.  We will miss you dearly Delma! 

Image is a picture of Delma sitting in her office behind her desk, wearing a grey, short-sleeved top. She is holding up a massage certificate that she won in a raffle on our Staff Appreciation Day during the summer of 2019.

Sign up for the JP-PAS Program today!

Happy Easter Greetings from the CIL!

Just sending a friendly April reminder that the Florida Association of Centers for Independent Living (FACIL) is still accepting applications for the James Patrick Memorial Work Incentive Personal Assistant Services and Employment Assistance (JP-PAS) Program!

The JP-PAS Program truly changes lives by providing monthly stipends to qualified Floridians with disabilities who are employed and require personal assistance services for daily living. If you or anyone you know would benefit from this amazing program or if you would like to learn more, please visit http://www.floridacils.org/pca-services-program!

Image description: Purple background with the top of the image reading: “The JP-PAS Personal Attendant Services and Employment Assistance Program” in large dark blue lettering. In the bottom center of the graphic, there is a picture of a man in a wheelchair smiling, and he is in the middle of a baseball field, with the scoreboard behind him in the distance. He is wearing an orange polo with a nametag and a black baseball cap. The FACIL logo is in the center of the graphic on the left side and the JP-PAS logo is in the center on the right side. In between them is the program’s website, written in the above paragraph.

CIL Continuing to Celebrate 40 Years of Service!

The CIL is continuing to highlight one of our programs each month, in honor of our 40th year. For the month of April we are highlighting none other than our Wheelchair Ramp Building Program!

Check out our recent posts for success stories from consumers of this program as we gear up for The Amazing Give next week! And click the link below to listen to Executive Director, Tony Delisle, and Wheelchair Ramp Core Manager, Mark Brisbane, discuss the program’s legacy on the CILNCF podcast, The Independent Life!  

https://open.spotify.com/episode/2BnE6jsDZRShxlkr2PdgDO?si=UJwTwVZvQcWUNpw_H2xaDw

Background is purple and blue gradient with confetti lining the top and CIL Logo in bottom left corner wearing a party hat. Heading in top center reads: “April Highlight: Wheelchair Ramp Program” in large, capitalized, white font. Below is a collage of overlaying images of past wheelchair ramps and volunteers.