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Independent Living Program

Living independently means different things to people. For some, it is the freedom and ability to make choices on how to live their life.  For others it may mean living free from the restraints of institutional care. No matter the definition, the choice to live as one chooses is the basis of the Independent Living Program.

The NICIL Team works with our consumers on the goals that they want to select. Our work is consumer focus/consumer driven with support from the NICIL Team members. We do not tell our consumers what to do.  Instead we talk about options and give support so that the consumer can make an informed choice.

Believe it or not, defining independent living is hard to put into words! So here is some of the support we are able to help our consumers with as they live their independent life:

  • Housing (identification of appropriate housing, applications, etc.)
  • Benefit program support (Medicaid application, Social Security application, etc.)
  • Advocacy support (understanding rights, training on self-empowerment, etc.)
  • Independent Living Skills:
    • Budgeting/Money Management
    • Employment search and job interview preparation
    • Daily living skills training (cooking, housekeeping, etc.)
    • Relationship building
    • Health and Safety
    • Social Skills
    • The list is long (call us, we will tell you more)
  • Peer to Peer support
  • Information and referral
  • Skill classes and workshops:
    • Sewing Club
    • Book Club
    • Beginning cooking
    • Money Management
    • The list is long (call us, we will tell you more)

This is only a short list! We do much more and work one on one with our consumers to support their choice on living their independent life! Not sure what direction you want to go or are you looking for support in planning your future? Call us and we can start working together today!

General Information
Our Hours:
Monday-Thursday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30p.m.
Due to the budget impasses

Our Location:
412 Locust
Sterling, IL 61081

Phone: 815-625-7860
TTY: 815-625-7863
Toll Free: 888-886-4245
Fax: 815-625-7876

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