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Nonprofit Report: The Regional Center for Independent Living Inc.

Nonprofit Report: The Regional Center for Independent Living Inc. is a disability-led, nonresidential organization that provides services and advocacy to seniors and people with disabilities.

The organization was founded in 1966 by people with disabilities whose goal was to advocate for accessibility options and changes to “the system.” RCIL was at the forefront of the disability rights movement and has been advocating for and providing services to individuals with disabilities through an independent living model for 50 years. This model promotes independence, choice in living setting, full access to the community and control of one’s life.

RCIL is a community-based agency that is recognized as an Independent Living Center by the National Council on Independent Living and offers diverse programs for people with all types of disabilities, their family members and the community.

RCIL provides these services:

  •  Benefits advisement: information, referrals and advocacy for individuals with disabilities who are navigating the human services and Social Security systems;
  •  Youth leadership: Youth Own! is a social and support group for teens and young adults with disabilities;
  •  Homeownership program: helps individuals with disabilities own their own home through financial readiness and a referral to a team of professionals;
  •  Accessibility services: assists individuals with locating and applying for funding to modify an owned home or adapt a rented home to meet the person’s physical access needs that are infringing on daily living activities;
  •  Loan Closet: a free resource that enables individuals with all types of disabilities to borrow equipment and assistive technology for a limited time;
  •  Deaf services: provides accommodations for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing who use RCIL services;
  •  Job seeking, placement and retention: provides training on job skills, including communication, adaptability, teamwork, work ethic and positive attitude;
  •  Health care advocate: available to help individuals with disabilities with all aspects of health care benefit planning and navigating the Medicaid, Medicaid Long Term Care and Medicare systems;
  •  ACCES-VR peer integration: RCIL’s peer independent living service specialists provide core independent living services with the goal of obtaining a job;
  •  Independent living skills training: provides one-on-one training to individuals with disabilities to assist with daily living activities, such as money and medication management, socialization and mobility;
  •  Leadership Academy: a series of training sessions for members of the disability rights community to teach the leadership skills needed for community and system outreach, influence and change.

Bruce Darling is president and CEO of RCIL, which is located at 497 State St. The agency has 14 paid employees and the website is www.rcil.org.

Financial record    Year ended Sept. 30, 2015
Revenue        %
Contributions and grants    $1,023,952    97
Fees for service     30,012    3
Investment income     5,059    less than 1
Other    959    less than 1
Total revenue    $1,059,982

Expenses        %
Salaries and other compensation    $446,685    42
Fees for service    113,246    11
Equipment services and maintenance    88,318    8
Occupancy    82,060    8
Grants and similar amounts paid    77,200    7
Other employee benefits    57,282    5
Payroll taxes    33,332    3
Depreciation    26,494    2
Other    147,358    14
Total expenses    $1,071,975
Excess (deficiency) of revenue over expenses    ($11,993)

Board of directors

Roberta Wallach, chairwoman
Anthony DiGiovanni, vice chairman
Murray Stahl, treasurer
Joe Miller, secretary
Debbie Bonomo
Kathryn Cappella
Molly Clifford
Diane Coleman
Kenyatta Dacosta
Nike Jones
Gary Meyer
Pat Taggart
—Researched by Bill Alden

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11/25/2016 (c) 2016 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email rbj@rbj.net.



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