This year’s Lenten Alms collection will support the Center for Independent Living in Winter Park. Donation envelops are located at the church entry doors and can be placed in the collection basket during Mass or left at the church office between now and Palm Sunday.
CIL is a nonprofit organization that partners with the community to promote inclusion of people with disabilities by eliminating architectural, communication and attitudinal barriers. It’s main office is in Winter Park where they have served over 1,000 individuals with disabilities annually since 1976 by providing education, resources, and training to enhance self-determination through informed choice. Ultimately, CIL’s goal is to break down any barrier someone with a disability might face so they can live an independent life and actively participate in their community.
Through CIL’s Foundation to Freedom program they provide customized home modification like installation of residential wheelchair ramps, grab bars, and widening of interior doorways as well as durable medical equipment like wheelchairs, walkers, canes, and shower chairs that ensures safety and accessibility, allowing individuals with disabilities to remain independent in their own home.
Through CIL’s Step Ahead and Aspire to Hire program they assist both youth and adults with planning for their future, whether that is post-secondary education, vocational training, or employment.
They assist job seekers with identifying, magnifying , and leveraging their unique abilities and talent.