Join us for CIL classes in December!

The holiday season has officially arrived and the CIL is so grateful! We are so excited that in-person classes have been BACK at the CIL, so please join us this December! We are still offering one online class per week for those of you who prefer that option.

Independence Hacks (ILS) classes will be on Tuesdays in Ocala, Wednesdays on Zoom, and Thursdays in Gainesville. All classes will be from 10:30am – 12pm.

Youth Leadership and Social Group classes are still on Tuesdays from 3:30-5pm. So far, they will continue to be conducted online until further notice.

For every online class, the meeting username is 352-378-7474 and the password is cilclass!

Please be sure to share this with anyone who would like to participate, and contact Terri Poucher at 352-378-7474 or with any questions. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Image Description: Beige background with the CIL logo at the top left and to the right of the logo is a black text heading that reads, “December Calendar”. There is a Christmas tree graphic in the top right corner. Underneath to the left are strings of Christmas garland with “Tuesdays”, “Wednesdays” and “Thursdays” written above, in white text. The class titles and meeting times are to the right in black text, next to their corresponding weekday, and the meeting ID and password is written in bright orange text at the bottom of the image.

Thera-Mate Pro Training at CIL in Ocala on December 6th!

Please join us for a training event at the CIL in Ocala on Tuesday, December 6th, at 9:45 am! The CIL, in collaboration with Thera-mate AND Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology will be providing a training on Thera-Mate Pro, which helps those with limited mobility better take care of themselves and their hygiene needs.

Please call (352) 368-3788 to reserve a seat, space is limited!

Date: Tuesday December 6th, 2022 at 9:45 am

Location: The Center for Independent Living

2760 SE 17th Street, Suite 300 Ocala, FL 34471

ID: Image is a flyer for the event, containing all of the information mentioned above. The FAAST logo is at the top of the image and the Thera-Mate Pro logo is underneath. The CIL logo is towards the bottom.

Happy Thanksgiving!

The CIL wishes everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you are able to spend quality time with family and friends! These last few years have been extremely challenging for everyone, and we are so very grateful for all of YOU, our amazing CIL consumers, board and staff, our generous donors, loyal volunteers, and wonderful community partnerships. We are so thankful for the opportunity to continue to work and grow together for people with disabilities in our community! Enjoy the holiday!

Trinity Missions Thanksgiving Baskets!

Gobble Gobble! Thanks to Trinity Missions, and our amazing partnership, the CIL was able to continue to provide 20 Thanksgiving baskets for our consumers in need this holiday season! Frozen turkeys were BACK too and we could not be more grateful! Special thanks to Trinity Missions and all you continue to do for our community, especially during the holidays!


A warm message of gratitude from Tony for our community, and for each and every one of you who work tirelessly to serve and give back to those who need it most. Thank you for all that you do! Cheers to a week full of thanks and to the season of giving.

In-person Classes Are Back for ILS Consumers!

We are so grateful that the CIL has been back to in-person classes for our ILS consumers!

Our most recent ILS class last week was so much fun as consumers learned all about food safety in light of Thanksgiving fast approaching, such as how to cook a turkey and how long we should keep leftovers. They also learned about various leftover recipes and everyone talked about their favorite Thanksgiving foods. Everyone was well engaged and left smiling!

Special thanks to CIL team members Sada Ahmed and Eric Skanes, who helped out with class while Terri Poucher, our ILS Coordinator, was recovering from being under the weather.

Image ID: Pictured from left to right: CIL consumers, Eric and Sada, in the CIL activity room. A colorful orange design with geometric graphic serves as the image background.

Radiant Credit Union October Charity of the Month!

The CIL recently won $1,000 in the Radiant Credit Union October Charity of the Month contest! Our very own Associate Director, Amy Feutz, nominated CILNCF as an organization making our community a better place. Those who nominate the winner also receive a $100, which Amy donated right back to the CIL for a total of $1,100!

We are so grateful to everyone who voted for the CIL, and to our incredible staff for all the hard work they do to help our community thrive, every single day. What a wonderful way to enter into a season of giving and thanks!

Thank you to Radiant Credit Union for your continuous efforts towards giving back to our community. If you know an organization that is working to make our community a better place, nominate them at…/charity-of-the-month.shtml

ID: Image is of Tony (left), Kristen (center), and Amy (right) holding a lifesize check, inside a Radiant Credit Union Branch.

CIL Celebrating the Season of Gratitude!

It’s the season of gratitude and the CIL will be spreading tons of gratitude cheer throughout this holiday season!  Starting with this testimonial from Julie, daughter of John, a recent FAAST Program recipient who received a new power wheelchair!  Please enjoy and have a wonderful weekend!

“Claudia with FAAST has been extremely helpful and accommodating. We would not have been able to get the power chair for my dad without her help.

“My dad is 84 and has just recently moved into a private home with the caregiver. We don’t have a lot of money, so we do need a lot of help. He has a deformity in one foot making it very difficult and painful for him to walk. Poor circulation and many other issues mean the power chair is life-changing for him.

“He can now get around the house to get his own food from the kitchen. He already feels more independent and happier.

“Thank you, Claudia and FAAST! You have made a huge difference in my dad’s life!”

ID:  Picture of John using his new power wheelchair in his kitchen at home. He is smiling and giving a thumbs-up.

Join us for Friday Night Fun Night!

Friday Night Fun Night for young adults with disabilities, is kicking off this Friday, November 18th from 7pm to 9pm at the CIL! Start the weekend off right with bingo, karaoke, pizza, and fun for all!

Please RSVP for in-person or online attendance, by 12pm on Friday the 18th at:

*There is a $5 cost per person to defray the costs of refreshments and prizes.

For more information, call Trish Thoburn at 352-339-6278.

Event Sponsored by:

Independence and Opportunity Network of Gainesville (ION)
Gator’s Domino’s

ID: Bingo flyer that includes all of the information listed above, with a colorful border containing bingo cards in the bottom left corner and numbered bingo balls in the remaining corners.

CIL Team Attends McIntosh 1890 Festival!

CIL Team Members tabled at the McIntosh 1890 Festival last week, the largest fundraiser of the year for several local organizations. Kevin, Cammeron, and Claudia spoke with hundreds of attendees throughout the day about CIL services and all we have to offer to community members and families.

It’s wonderful to be back attending community events in person again after all the challenges we faced with outreach during Covid. The festival was twice as large than last year, with over 1,000 attendees.

For more information about the event, visit:

ID: image includes 2 photos. Top picture is staff standing behind their table filled with brochures and giveaways at the CIL booth: Consumer Specialist Kevin Towles (left), ADA Paratransit Coordinator Cammeron Smith (center), and Assistive Technologies Specialist Claudia Avendano (right). Bottom picture is of attendees walking the festival, surrounded by vendors booths and streets shaded by massive oak trees.