January 2018 – December 2018
Hello DRC Supporter
As you know our mission statement is “The Disability Resource Center is a disability rights service and advocacy center run by and for people with disabilities. DRC supports people who have all types of disabilities to live independently and participate fully in community life. The Center pursues this mission through provision of information and referral, independent living skills, advocacy and peer counseling services.”
Welcome to our 2018 DRC Yellow Pages booklet. These listings are a compilation of local, statewide, and national resources available to people living with disabilities to support increased access to full participation in community living. This booklet is also on our web site, www.Disabilityrc.org, along with additional resources and updates on upcoming events and activities.
A program of the DRC that you or a family member or a friend might want to explore is the Options Program. The Options Program assists people of any age with any disability and elders to make informed choices about services and supports they may need to remain in their homes and in their communities. It also provides information for your family members, so they can assist you in your decision-making. Options Counselors may meet with you at your home or at local facilities and are also available by phone and email. Options services are free of charge. More on this program is available at our web site: https://disabilityrc.org/programs-and-services/options-program
Housing Services and Resources
We continue to receive overwhelming requests for assistance in finding affordable, available and accessible housing. The City of Salem Community Development Block Grant helps support a monthly Universal Housing Application Workshops at the DRC. We also offer two focused workshops, one on Housing Rights, and one on finding housing, annually. We are always available to guide people with disabilities to learn about their/our housing rights, and available resources to obtain housing including how to apply using the required housing applications. We have posted the DRC's “Guide to Finding Housing” on our web page. Visit https://disabilityrc.org/il-resources/guide-to-finding-housing.
We also assist our consumers living in a nursing or rehabilitation facility to return to community living.
Peer Support Opportunities
The Northeast Independent Living Program, Inc. (NILP) with the DRC provides the North East Recovery Learning Community. This is a peer run set of activities for those who self-identify as having a mental health concerns and other disabilities. At times there are Peer Specialist trainings, support groups, and other activities throughout the DRC service area and the Northeast Independent Living Program service area. Look for the schedule on the NILP web page, www.nilp.org.
Of the utmost importance, please become a member of the DRC and work with us to achieve full accessibility, inclusion, acceptance, autonomy and independence for all of us living with disabilities. Check out our membership form. And add us as one of your favorites: www.disabilityrc.org and friend us on Facebook so you won’t miss anything throughout the year like exciting social events, Annual BBQ, Annual Meeting, Holiday Open House, Advocacy Alerts, and more!
Lisa Orgettas, Executive Director
The entire staff of the DRC
Board of Directors