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
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
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
—Researched by Bill Alden
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