Holiday Newsletter 2016

WE ARE MOVING BACK TO BROAD STREET!   15095676_1494772417206077_7386777181616717408_n

Our new home will be at 527 Broad Street, across from the DeSoto Theatre. Our exact move-in date is not set yet, as the building has been undergoing renovation, but we hope to be settled sometime in January. We will have a larger conference room, allowing for more events with parking arrangements, a dedicated assistive technology training room, larger storage for donated assistive tools, technology and durable medical equipment…

Look for upcoming announcements of a Winter Open House and other great events!



JOIN US FOR OUR FOURTH ANNUAL SIGN AND SONG ON BROAD STREET
 

 If you don’t sign or sing, that’s OK. Just bundle up in a holiday sweater or hat and join us anyway for family fun! We will gather at the parking deck corner of Broad Street and 5th Avenue in Rome at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 15th, and sign and sing up and down Broad Street. If you want a refresher course in sign language, call our office. Invite your family and friends, and if you are in a choir, ask them to join us too.

 


Gift-Giving-in-Christmas-The Staff, Volunteers and Board of NWGA CIL Wish You and Yours the Many Blessings of the Holidays Now, and Throughout the New Year!

Our office will be closed for the Holidays from noon on Thursday, December 22nd

until 9 a.m. on Tuesday, January 2nd .

 

 


MORE CHANGES: THE COMMUNITY CLOSET IS MOVING

This extremely successful program will now be solely under the Senior Promotions Council, and a new location will be announced for the closet before January.

 


WITH DEEPEST GRATITUDE TO OUR DONORS AND SUPPORTERS

Our continued growth and service are due to you, our donors and supporters. You have helped us serve our wonderful consumers in the fifteen counties of NWGA, empowering them to be more independent and part of their chosen communities. Look for our updated Wall of Thanks at our new location, and a Winter Newsletter acknowledging our donors and supporters.


MEET THE NEWLY ELECTED CIL DOG, FELICIA!  

The "Wild Woman", Felicia!

The “Wild Woman”, Felicia!

At our July Independence Open House event this year, we invited our consumers, community partners, donors and friends to vote for the NWGA CIL service dog they wanted to see as the next CIL Dog. We are happy to announce that Felicia is the winner! She is a black lab who helps her human, Christina Holtzclaw, with daily tasks. Christina is blind, so she relies on Felicia’s assistance to navigate her day. Felicia is known around the office for her happy wagging tail & always being ready to eat whatever snacks our staff have! Congratulations, Felicia! You’ve already received your first letter:

 

DEAR CIL DOG,

I’m not a service dog, but my mom works with people who have service dogs. I hear her telling our friends and family how other two-legs should interact with service dogs if they see them out and about. Can you give some advice?

Woof woof,

Beckett

 

beckettDear Beckett,

That’s a great question! It’s not just people who use service dogs that need to know how to interact with them. Chances are, everyone will meet a service dog at some point in their life. It’s important to always ask before you touch or pet a service animal. They are critical to their human’s safety and navigation, so please don’t distract them in any way. Don’t be offended if you ask to pet the dog, and the handler refuses. Remember: we’re working hard to keep our two-legs friends safe, so please don’t distract us! Thanks for asking, Beckett!

 

Happy tails! CIL Dog

 

EK is a 64 year old male that lives in Catoosa County. NWGA CIL assisted EK and his wife with building a wheelchair ramp for his home, so that he could leave the house. His wife said, “This will change his life and allow him to be able to leave his home. Thank you to our church and the Center for Independent Living for providing the funds for this life changing ramp and many thanks to Helping Hands for donating their skill, time and love to build this for us.”

 

Our Services:

  • Advocacy (Individual Empowerment and Systems Change)
  • Independent Living Skills Training
  • Information and Referral
  • Peer Mentoring
  • Transition (Youth and Nursing Facility Transition/Diversion)

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