Center for Independent Living celebrates expansion

Staff members, the board of directors and more than 100 local community representatives celebrated the opening of expanded space recently at Northern West Virginia Center for Independent Living in Elkins.

Visitors were able to tour the facilities, located at 109 Randolph Ave., as well as enjoy snacks and listen to entertainment provided by Jerry Hamrick and his band, Ringing for Jesus.

Special guests at the April 25 event included Delegates Bill Hartman and Denise Campbell, both D-Randolph, Mike Taylor from the Randolph County Commission, Robbie Morris from the Randolph County Development Authority, members of the Chamber of Commerce, city of Elkins employees and numerous community-based agencies that work cooperatively with the center.

The mission of NWVCIL is to educate and empower communities and people with disabilities so everyone has equal opportunity and freedom of choice.

The vision of NWVCIL is that people with disabilities are valued and fulfilled contributors to their communities, where differences are no longer perceived as “disabilities.”

As a disability resource center, the center has staff members to assist consumers in identifying barriers they feel are preventing them from living the lifestyle of their choice. Together, they develop strategies for addressing those barriers. Services available include independent living skills training, information and referral, individual and systems advocacy, family support, home modifications that allow a person to remain at home, fair housing advocacy and peer support. Most of these are provided without cost to the individual.

As a 100 percent grant- and donation-funded nonprofit organization, the center’sa success is dependent upon the many partners and support provided by the community. Anyone who is interested in learning more about NWVCIL can call 304-636-0143. Those interested in making a donation can contact Jan Derry, executive director, at 304-296-6091.