NW Independent Living Matters
NW Independent Living Matters
Newsletter of Independent Living Resources
Summer 2008 Volume 16, Number 2
ILR Programs Expand in 2007-2008
Agency Adds New Programs & Expands Partnerships
By Barry K. Quamme, ILR Executive Director
As you look around ILR, you may notice some new faces over the last six months. ILR has already welcomed
quite a few new people in 2008. We continue to expand and diversify in response to community needs.
The Work Incentives Network (WIN) is a state-wide project operating out of Centers for Independent Living.
In May, we welcomed Jaime Head and Jay Dye to WIN and hope to be able to expand with another position.
The project helps people with disabilities coordinate Social Security Benefits with the goal of retuning to work.
In the winter, ILR also launched a new project with Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) in the Portland Metro Area.
Angie Smith is now a regular weekly presence at each of the five tri-county VR Branches. There she provides
Pre-Employment Counseling and emphasizes Information & Referral to community resources. Her work has
resulted in a growing number of referrals to ILR for more in-depth Peer Counseling. Much of the need focuses
on applying for social security benefits, as well as seeking affordable housing and health care resources.
In the coming months, we will all get to know some other friendly faces. Debra Jarcho is our new
Records/Database Specialist. She is training with Gloria for a couple of months before Gloria retires. We also
have a new Independent Living Specialist, Sarah Gerth, who joins ILR in August, as Christopher cuts back.
We are also fortunate to host various long-term volunteers through Seniors Make Sense and internships. Marcia
Lee is the STEPS Project assistant and also welcomes people at reception periodically. Cyndy staffs reception
in the mornings and helps Kathryn with filing and clerical tasks. David Gordy is a regular volunteer working to
help consumers learn basic computer skills. Kristin is a summer intern from Philadelphia’s Swarthmore
College and is helping advocate for consumers to attend “A Roll in the Park” on September 27th.
As we add special projects, we open our doors more widely to a community in need. As a result, more people
seek services at ILR, general referrals go up and overall demand increases. In order to meet these expanding
needs, we will continue to seek new and broader funding partnerships. Thank you for supporting ILR!
In This Issue In This Issue (continued)
Cathy’s Corner………………………………2 ILR Continues 50th Anniversary Celebration..…8
People Are Talking About STEPS………......3 Win a 5-Day Trip to Las Vegas……………...…9
New Faces at ILR ………………….………..4 “Rueben’s Continuing Education”...………..…10
Housing Applications Open Briefly...…….…5 Recreation Schedule ………………..…………11
Consumer Corner ……….…………..………5 “Sweet Success”.……..………………………..12
Preserve Disabled Parking Placards...….....6-7 ILR Job Opportunities…………………………13
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NW Independent Living Matters Cathy’s Corner
is the quarterly newsletter of Independent By Cathy Blahut
Living Resources distributed to
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individual by ILR, its staff, or Board of Deaf & Blind Children. The Keynote speakers included:
Directors. Each advertiser bears sole Ollie D. Cantos VII, Special Counsel to the Assistant Attorney
responsibility for the accuracy of their
General for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Justice, blind since birth.
advertisement, and for any liability that
may result. Andrea Friedman was born with Down’s syndrome and became a
successful actress and motivational speaker. She has appeared on
ILR Board of Directors television shows such as Law and Order, and Life Goes On.
Steve Weiss………… President Bob Lujano is a quadruple amputee due to Meningococcemia, a rare
Connie Kramer………Vice-President form of meningitis. He competed in the Para Olympics, and has won
Barbara Spencer……..Treasurer five U.S. national championships in quad-rugby.
Marc Pettibone ILR is a Fragrance Free Environment
Sue Vonderheit Please Refrain from Using Scented Products
When Visiting Our Building
Barry Fox-Quamme, Executive Director Thank You
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People Are Talking About STEPS!
By Suzanne Huffman, IL Training Coordinator
Since March, 2007, ILR has trained over 300 participants (consumers and/or their designated representatives) in
this unique program. STEPS educates and empowers consumers to be more effective employers of Homecare
Workers. Here are some of the comments participants in the program have offered:
Consumers Describe STEPS as . . . Worthwhile . . . Informative . . .Helpful . . . Easy to Understand
I've been waiting for a program like this to come along.
I wish I had had this before I needed a HCW.
I like the forms you've developed.
It helped me understand that I have to take charge and do it in a positive way.
I really appreciate the trainer coming to my home to go over this info and being so clear and informative.
This is a wonderful "set of tools" for a consumer of Home Care. Thank you.
The gift card is pretty sweet. I recommend this training!
If you receive in-home services through the Client/Employed Provider (Medicaid), State Plan for Personal
Care (for people with physical disabilities,) Oregon Project Independence, or Spousal Pay program, you can
receive 1) Free Training, 2) Snacks & Lunch, 4) A Comprehensive Handbook and 5) A $25 Gift Card.
Find out for yourself how STEPS supports your independence! Attend one of the Summer Workshops below:
To Register, and if you have any questions, please call Suzanne (503) 232-7411 or email STEPS@ilr.org
STEPS Summer Workshops
Tuesday, July 15th from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 19th from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, September 16th from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
All at Independent Living Resources
2410 SE 11th Ave. Portland, OR 97214
Tuesday, July 29 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
Hillsboro Senior Center
750 SE 8th Ave. Hillsboro, OR 97123
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New Faces at ILR!
New WIN Staff – Jaime Head & Jay Dye
ILR is pleased to announce two new staff, Jaime Head and Jay Dye. Jaime and Jay fill
our positions as Work Incentives Network (WIN) Information and Referral Specialists.
As many of you know, the WIN project is a state-wide effort that creates opportunities
for people with disabilities to access information on work incentives available through
the Social Security Administration. The project rolled out last fall and is housed in other
Centers for Independent Living (CILs) throughout the state. Jaime
Jaime and Jay will be available to assist consumers considering employment but who are unsure how to
proceed. They will provide information about available incentives. Then, if consumers
wish to take advantage of those incentives, they are connected with our partner, Disability
Rights Oregon (formerly Oregon Advocacy Center) for a more tailored service.
Jaime and Jay each bring a rich background to these positions. They both have sensitivity
to the disability experience as well as backgrounds in the business community. This
combination makes them effective and compassionate advocates. We are thrilled to have
them on board! Welcome Jay and Jaime! Jay
Independent Living Specialist (OVRS Project) – Angie Smith
In the winter, ILR launched a special project with OVRS. Each week, Angie Smith
spends 3-4 hours at each of the five Portland area Vocational Rehabilitation Branch
Offices – North, East, Central, Clackamas and Tigard. The project focuses on pre-
employment counseling and directs consumers to needed community resources.
Welcome Angie! You’re off to a great start!
Summer Intern – Kristin Caldwell
We are happy to welcome Kristin to ILR for a two-month internship for July and August.
A senior psychology major in the fall at Swarthmore College in Philadelphia, Kristin is
working about 20 hours a week. She is focusing her work on learning about Advocacy at
ILR by meeting with consumers and community partners to expand participation in ILR’s
3rd Annual “A Roll in the Park” set for September 27, 2008 at OMSI Courtyard. The
event is an opportunity to expand awareness of ILR’s mission in the community and
empower consumers as self-advocates and community advocates for the rights of people
Computer Education/Reception – David Gordy
ILR consumers are now studying computer software with volunteer David Gordy. Look
for David and his guide dog Haley as you are greeted at the reception desk too, as he is
splitting his time between the computer lab and the front desk. Welcome!
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Multnomah County Opens the Door
HOUSING APPLICATIONS OPEN BRIEFLY
By Lina Bensel, Independent Living and Housing Specialist
The Multnomah County Housing Authority of Portland (HAP) briefly re-opened its waiting list for Low Rent
Public Housing in June, but then closed again by July. In the past, a tenant could apply to “whichever opening
comes up first.” In June, tenants needed to choose a building—could choose as many as three—at which to
apply. Low Rent Public Housing charges tenants around 30% of their income for rent. That amount may be
lower if the tenant has significant medical bills, pays out-of-pocket for a caregiver, is paying for childcare, or a
service animal. Low Rent Public Housing is owned and operated by HAP; Housing Authority is the landlord.
Other counties have their own Housing Authorities and maintain separate waiting lists. For a booklet of housing
properties you may want to call the Housing Authority at 503-802-8300. In the future, look for the possibility
of a lottery again for Section 8 Vouchers in the Fall of 2008.
Consumer Corner “To Live Again”
By David Rieger
November 21, 1979 ~ I was driving to work on the freeway when I was hit head-on by a really drunk
lady. We were both going about 50 mph. The State, Oregon City, and West Linn Police came. The
“Jaws-of-Life” got my body out of the car. I was med-evacuated to Emanuel Hospital which
specialized in blood transfusions because I had lost so much blood. I wasn’t supposed to wake up;
every bone except my spine and left arm were broken; my brain was badly bruised. I was in a coma
for ten weeks and in the hospital for ten months. But thanks to God, to my age, and to a quick
response, I survived at age 29.
Since then, I have had five other accidents with cars hitting me as a pedestrian ~ none of them as
serious as the first. Presently, I walk with a cane, am blind in the left eye, and the right side of my
body is paralyzed, and there are some intangible problems with my thinking. I was in the Viet Nam
War with no problems. Now I’m almost 58 and reflecting back, I could be an Evel Knievel wannabe.
David attends ILR’s Crossroads Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group.
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ILR Calls on Portland City Council to Preserve Disabled Parking Placards
In March 2008, the ILR Board of Directors called on mayors across our service
areas to implement a moratorium on the implementation of a new Oregon law –
SB 716. Implementing the law could result in restricted use of disabled parking
placards and reduced access for people with some types of disabilities.
In June 2008, the ILR Board of Directors asked that a second letter be sent to
Mayor Potter. Below we endorse two of the eight findings that came out of a task
force studying options for implementing the law in Portland.
ILR Executive Director
June 12, 2008
Mayor Tom Potter
City of Portland
1221 SW Fourth Ave
Portland, OR 97204
Earlier this spring, I wrote to you on behalf of the ILR Board of Directors.
In our capacity as advocates for the needs and rights of people with disabilities, the ILR Board
of Directors respectfully requested that the City of Portland implement a moratorium on the
implementation of SB 716.
We asked that you take the time to study the negative implications of this bill and explore
alternatives that would preserve access for people with disabilities.
Thank you for taking the time to develop a task force and consider the issues.
At this time, we are writing again to ask that you and the city commissioners preserve the
rights of people with disabilities to reasonable access to the city.
In order to preserve these rights, we respectfully ask that you support the implementation of
the following task force findings.
ENFORCEMENT – We support efforts to reduce abuse and misuse of the placard
accommodation. We believe that if measures are taken to reduce the misuse of this
accommodation, then the concerns of the business community will be addressed and
that reasonable access for placard users will be preserved.
EDUCATION - We also support educational outreach be taken. These measures would
include outreach to the public through the Department of Motor Vehicles and the media,
as well as outreach to the medical community to stress the need for caution in the
issuance of suitable duration for placards.
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We recommend increased parking enforcement and increased fines to reduce fraudulent
placard use, as well as education about suitable placard issuance.
Our belief is that if the placard accommodation is used in the manner in which it was originally
intended and only by those for whom it was originally intended, most, if not all, of the concerns
raised by the business community would be adequately addressed.
We explicitly reject the task force findings below as steps that will harm people with disabilities
by reducing access and independence.
1. Do away with the accommodation altogether for placard holders not using
2. Limit accommodation to 3-4 hour time span. Tickets would be issued if placard user parks
for longer than that amount of time.
3. Encourage TriMet Lift ridership in lieu of independent driving.
4. Force (encourage) usage of off-street garage hp spaces (for associated fee) in lieu of on-
street metered accommodation.
5. Usage of inconvenient and impractical in-vehicle meter system in lieu of on street
6. Issue special exemption permits on a case by case basis. The problem with this option is
that the accommodation would be available to only a select few and the rest of those with
placards wouldn’t receive any accommodation.
Implementing any of these task force findings would make it impossible for many people with
disabilities to maintain their current level of activity & independence.
We appreciate any attention you can give to this matter.
Independent Living Resources (ILR)
Celebrating 50 Years of People with Disabilities Serving People with Disabilities
ILR: A Center for Independent Living Serving All People with Disabilities
In Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties
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ILR Continues 50th Anniversary Celebration
Community Sponsors Help ILR Roll Over the Years!
As we mark 50 years of creative and dedicated services to the community, we thank our sponsors and honor our
founders. Anniversary Sponsors include: Washington Mutual, Kaiser Permanente, Performance Mobility
and Eastco Diversified Services. Thank you!
Our history comes alive in our visionary founders, as well as today’s faces that will soon become new legends.
The Sisterhood of Temple Beth Israel who formed Volunteer Braille Services (VBS) in 1957,
VBS leaders memorialized in 1972 with the Miriam Rosenfeld Memorial Endowment Fund (still
benefiting ILR Consumers today),
Early Oregon advocates of the Independent Living Movement who founded Access Oregon, and
Vision Resources for Independent Living (formerly VBS) and Access Oregon merged into ILR in 1994.
Thank you to everyone who makes our work possible!
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”A Roll in the Park”
Join the Fun!
Easy Steps to a Fun Day!!!
1) Win a 5-Day Trip to Las Vegas (ILR Consumer Raising Most $$$)
Trip donated by: Search Beyond Adventures, Inc.
2) Register Today “A Roll in the Park!” @ www.ilr.org or stop by ILR
3) Get Sponsors to Make a Donation (friends, family, businesses)
Free Tuesday Lunches – Learn How to Succeed & Get Sponsors!
Meet at Noon at ILR – Every Tuesday in August & September!
August 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
September 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd
Join us each Tuesday and together we’ll create a fun event for everyone!!!
Contact Kristin Caldwell for more info @ 503-232-7411
We See the Benefits of Our Work Every day!
Creating Opportunities, Encouraging Choice and Advancing Equal Access
For all people with disabilities is challenging and takes a lot of work!
We accomplish our goals with a wonderful mix of staff, volunteers and board members
People with Disabilities, Serving People with Disabilities!
Dedicated consumer volunteers and staff working for 50 years to create today’s ILR!
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EXCITING NEW & ONGOING ILR ACTIVITIES!
Advocacy Committee..…………………………1st Monday 1:00-3:00 pm
Board of Directors Meeting……………………4th Thursday 4:00-6:00 pm
Crossroads: TBI Support Group……………...2nd & 4th Friday 1:00-3:00 pm
SAILS Orientation to ILR Service……………..Fridays 1:00-2:30 pm
STEPS Workshops.……………………………..3rd Tuesday 10:00-3:00 pm
Vision Impairment Support Group……………2nd Monday 10:00-12:00 pm
Women’s Support Group ………………………2nd & 4th Tuesday 10:30-12:00 pm
Watch for the return of the ILR Art Class . . . contact Jeanne
Reuben’s Continuing Education
By Patricia Kepler, Independent Living Specialist
In the last newsletter I shared with you the story of Reuben being shocked on the light rail. The episode did not
cause Reuben any physical harm, but it did frighten him and reduce his confidence. Since this incident in
January, Reuben has become more distracted by disruptive dogs, and increasingly hesitant about guiding me
across things like hoses crossing sidewalks.
Reuben was trained at a small school in Arizona. This school, however, does not have the funds to send a
trainer to Oregon to work with us. Fortunately, the Seeing Eye School of Morristown New Jersey had a trainer
working with a graduate in the Portland area. I spoke with the trainer over the phone and he agreed to spend
some time working with us. Mr. Torrens observed Reuben’s reactions to one dog in particular, and gave me
some great tips. Reuben is steadily improving; I am confident that he will continue to do so.
Tri-Met has assured me that the problem with the tracks has been addressed, and that our dogs are again safe to
board the train. I have not yet taken Reuben back to the station where he was injured. I hope to do that within
the next couple of weeks.
Thanks to all of you who called or wrote to express your concern for Reuben.
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Our Summer Recreation Events
By Patricia Kepler, IL Specialist & ILR’s Recreation Maven!
Please RSVP to Patricia 1 week in advance for all events.
Tuesday July 22—Say Cheese!
ILR is partnering with Ride Connection to tour the Tillamook Cheese Factory. Space is limited
so RSVP soon. We are asking each participant to contribute $5 to offset the cost of fuel.
Wednesday, August 13—ILR Annual Summer Picnic
We will return to Washington Park for another day of food, fun and friendship. Events will start
at 11 a.m., concluding at 3 p.m. Please RSVP by Friday Aug. 8th
Tuesday August 26—A Day at the Zoo!
The Oregon Zoo is again sponsoring the ILR recreation group with a day at the zoo. Group will
depart ILR at 10 a.m. to return by 2:30 p.m. RSVP by Friday August 22nd.
Saturday September 13—Roughin’ it with ILR
Pack up your things. ILR has partnered with the Oral Hull Foundation for a weekend of fun.
Come spend the night in Sandy at the beautiful, Oral Hull lodge. Space is limited so RSVP soon.
Saturday September 27—ILR’s 3rd Annual “A Roll in the Park” @ OMSI Courtyard
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Consumers, Friends, Volunteers, Register at www.ilr.org or stop by ILR!
Friday October 24—the Great Pumpkin!
It’s time for our annual search for the great Pumpkin. The recreation group will be travel to a
nearby farm to look for that perfect pumpkin, possibly explore a corn maze and just have a lot of
fun. For those who don’t want that much out door time, a fall reception at ILR follows the event.
Please join us for one or both of these events. Pumpkin patch trip-10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Fall
Reception 3 to 5 p.m. Because space is limited and we want to make sure there is enough food
available for all who come. Please RSVP by Friday October 17th.
Do you have recreation ideas?
Contact Patricia at 503-232-7411 or by E-mail email@example.com.
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By Patricia Kepler, Independent Living Specialist
Assistance in writing PASS plans is one of the services offered at ILR. PASS stands for Plan to Achieve Self
Support. A PASS Plan is available to social security recipients that meet certain qualifications. A PASS
recipient must have a work goal that will result in no longer needing SSDI, or being less dependent on SSI.
Over the past four years, I have written many plans with ILR consumers. Some have been for equipment, some
for cars. I am so excited about a recent PASS that I asked the recipient if I might share it with our readers.
Following a vaccination Dana lost her hearing as a small child. Dana is quite talented in the kitchen and has her
Cordon Bleu Certification in Patisserie and Baking.
Dana has always enjoyed cooking and baking – trying new recipes, and sharing her treats with family and
friends. She dreamed of one day selling her creations in her own business. The pursuit of this dream led her to
ILR. Dana wanted to receive a PASS plan to start up her business.
Dana’s new company is called Dolce Divas. In Italian this means Sweet Women of Success. She will be selling
both vegan and non-gluten baked goods that look like special European style desserts. She is aware of the trend
toward healthier eating; she has friends and relatives with wheat allergies who prefer a vegan diet. She believes
you shouldn’t have to sacrifice taste, and wants to offer treats that not only look decadent but taste delicious.
Starting June 21st Dana’s cookies, muffins, and cheesecake treats will be sold at the Sunday Orenco Station
Farmer’s Market. Her baked goods will also appear at the Wednesday Beaverton Farmer’s Market. The
Aladdin Restaurant on NE 33rd will offer her cheesecakes on their dessert menu. She is negotiating with the
Corbet Fish House Restaurant near John’s Landing to offer her cheesecakes and tarts. Dana hopes her delicious
products will be sold in New Season’s Markets in the fall.
Reach Dana by text at firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave a voice message for her at 503-201-6985.
ADAPT of Oregon will now be meeting at Disability Rights Oregon (DRO) – formerly known as
Oregon Advocacy Center (OAC). The address is 620 SW 5th Ave, Suite 500, Portland. We will meet
on the 3rd Thursday of every month. Our new schedule is:
Thursday, July 17th 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, August. 21 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 18th 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Please join our list serve at: email@example.com
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ILR Job Opportunities
Join a vibrant staff – people with disabilities serving people with disabilities.
Each position is open until filled, so apply with resume & letter to: Kathyrn@ilr.org
Job Opening #1 Work Incentive Project (WIN)
Work Incentives Coordinator
Full-Time Position, Benefits & Certification
Summary: Assist consumers with disabilities seeking employment with Work Incentive
Counseling. Provide general information about Work Incentives, gather relevant information from
consumers to compile Beneficiary Profile, conduct a Benefits Analysis, provide Work Incentive
Planning Services, and manage caseload. Provide support services to enhance consumer’s Long-
Term Benefits Management Plan. Travel required. Conduct planned outreach. Training &
certification exam provided, certification required before seeing consumers.
Good Math Skills? Organized? Computer Skills? Enjoy Outreach?
Job Opening #2 STEPS Trainer – Tillamook/Clatsop Counties
Part-Time Position, Training provided
Summary: ILR is recruiting for an on-call, part-time position (5-10 hours a week) to offer group
and individual STEPS training on the North Oregon Coast. The successful candidate will reside
between Tillamook and Astoria, have experience as a trainer, a case manager working with people
with disabilities and be familiar with services provided by home care workers.
Michael James Malinowski (1965 – 2008)
Oregon lost an energetic advocate for the rights of people with
disabilities when Michael Malinowski passed away suddenly in
June. For a short time, ILR was privileged to benefit from Mike's
generous smile and vibrancy as a staff member. We all recall
fondly his memorable Bingo Calling at the ILR Spring Party.
We miss you Michael!
Michael James Malinowski was born Sept. 20, 1965, in West Chester, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the
University of Holy Names in Oakland, California, and moved in 1993 to Amboy, Washington. An advocate for
the disabled at Portland State University, he had been the coordinator of the Disability Advocacy Cultural
Association. In 1999, he married Yukiko. Survivors include his wife; parents, Judi and Jim; and brother,
Gregory. Remembrances to the PSU Disabilities Resource Center.
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monthly bill for local residential telephone service.
HAVING TROUBLE OR UNABLE TO COMMUNICATE BY TELEPHONE? CONTACT TDAP:
Loans specialized telecommunication equipment at no cost and with no income restrictions to eligible
Oregonians who are deaf, hearing, vision, speech and mobility (upper extremities) impaired.
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Download or complete applications at www.rspf.org
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
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Bridges to Mobility® now has a new, expanded mission...to provide resources and guidelines for accessible
living to professionals and to the general public.
Are you looking to build a new home or searching for an existing home with accessible features? There are
homes available! In association with Home Search One, Inc, we proudly present HomeBridge.Org. The
Accessible Homes Portal. Homebridge.Org uses special formulas to filter through the database of listings to
bring you a clear display of homes specific to your accessible needs and desires. It is the first and only website
where you can view research MLS listings with accessible features as they come onto the market. Go to
www.homebridge.org to locate your home today!
Mobility Rules™ has created powerful tools that will assist anyone in learning more about accessibility,
quickly and simply. We also work with realtors and contractors in the Portland metro area who specialize in
these areas. Please contact us at www.MobilityRules.com for more information.
Cathie Ross, President
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Support Independent Living
Your Support funds a wide variety of IL programs and services. ILR is a non-profit organization that
benefits people with disabilities with funding from donations from individuals like you. Your contributions
are deeply appreciated and tax-deductible within the rules and requirements set by the IRS.
Your Gift Changes a Person’s Life
Every Gift to ILR is Honored with: Annual Program Gifts
o Peer Counseling Support Groups
o Information & Referral
o Independent Living Skills Training Special Project Gifts
o Advocacy: Individual & System Change “A Roll in the Park”
Future Building Fund
With Your Help We Empower People Gifts of a Lifetime
with disabilities to live more fully as ILR Endowment Fund
interdependent members of our communities. Life Insurance
Consider an Estate Gift to ILR:
Your bequest in your Will serves the community for generations.
ILR Offers Many Opportunities to Support Our Mission
Shop Online at over 350 Stores
Merchants listed with Buy for Charity agree to pay a commission on purchases at www.buyforcharity.com.
Simply use this website to contact your merchant and designate ILR as your favorite cause.
Support ILR Services by buying groceries and using your Albertson’s card when you shop. Go to
www.albertsons.com. Click on “In the Community” then click on the Community Partners logo link. Once you
log in, click on “Sign me up”. ILR’s ID is #49000129486. It’s just that easy! Your Albertson’s card is activated
and every time you present it to your cashier, 2% of your purchase will be refunded to ILR!
Donate Your Vehicle to Us
Donated vehicles help raise funds for ILR and Volunteers of America. In the process you get a great charitable
deduction. The towing is free; we do all the work. If you own a vehicle just taking up space, please give
Kathryn a call at 503-232-7411. We offer our thanks to all of you who have made a donation in the past.
Thank you for the ways each of you support our mission to serve people with disabilities!
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Saturday, September 27th
3rd Annual “A Roll in the Park!”
5-Day Las Vegas Trip – ILR Consumer Raising Most $$
OMSI Courtyard – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Register Today! at www.ilr.org
Celebrate ILR Volunteers & Community Partnerships!