A Note from Our Executive Director

Dear Friends:
On the calendar, April is known for many different things. Aside from tax returns, it is most commonly associated with the start of Major League Baseball and an overall theme of renewal. But did you know April 2019 has been designated National Social Security month? In the Second New Deal, the Social Security Act was signed into law by then President Franklin D. Roosevelt on August 14, 1935. The act established a foundation for future programs established by Congress with the intent of helping citizens without the necessary means to sustain themselves.

Social Security is an essential government program that so many of our consumers depend upon for their livelihood and their well-being. Our team members frequently help consumers access their benefits and navigate the process of registration and compliance.

For more than four decades, Social Security has helped millions of American secure today and the future with information, tools, resources to meet our changing needs and lifestyles. This recognition on the calendar is the perfect opportunity to encourage all of you to learn more about the program by setting up a mySocialSecurity account by clicking here . It is an easy process to complete and will provide you with a lot of valuable information including:
  • Request a replacement Social Security card
  • Set up or change direct deposit
  • Get a proof of income letter
  • Change your address, if you get benefits
  • Check the status of your Social Security application
  • Get a Social Security 1099 form (SSA-1099)
Thank you, Social Security!

As always, I want to hear your ideas and thoughts and I encourage you to contact me!


Rob Festenstein
P:  513.241.2600 Ext.  211

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CILO invites you to walk with us in PigAbilities 
on Saturday, May 4th!

PigAbilities is an option for people of all ages with disabilities who may not wish to participate in a competitive event, but still want to be part of The Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon weekend along with their families and friends. This event takes place when there are fewer crowds and easier parking. While there are no timing chips or first place winners, PigAbilities participants should be willing to "go the distance" by making a commitment to enrich their lives through being active and making healthy choices.
On Saturday, May 4th participants will gather for a 1:00PM Start Time and walk, roll or stroll the final mile on the actual Flying Pig Marathon course! At the Finish Line each registered finisher will receive a PigAbilities medal to commemorate their achievement.

Team CILO will meet at 12:30 at a designated spot near the
Start Line (TBA)
Ready to Register? Click here
(Cost is $15 + fee)
Let us know you will be participating with Team CILO & receive regular team updates by providing your email address to our Team Leader !

Peer Support/IL Skills Update

We just had to share this photo from our Aging with a Disability Peer Support Group - 90 year old Edna still loves to jump rope and is a strong advocate of staying active.

For those who might not be ready to jump rope, why not join us on the first and third Tuesday of April for our Writer's Express Group?  Learn more here

Kentucky Consumers!
Free Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education

Learn more about this free Snap Ed nutrition education series continuing through April  here !

Job Readiness Classes Continue thru April!

Did you know that CILO can assist in your journey toward employment and independence? Plan to attend our spring session of  STEP AHEAD  where you can set your goals and gain the momentum to  achieve them!  Our current series runs through April 18th!   Learn more here !

Are you an Amazon shopper? Did you know you can shop at Amazon Smile a nd support CILO?

Go  to  www.smile.amazon.com   using your regular Amazon credentials and select 
Independent Living Options, Inc , (make sure it says Cincinnati).  Once signed up each of your qualifying purchases at Amazon Smile   will give 0.5% back to CILO! 

Kroger Community Rewards

Looking for a super easy way to support CILO? Learn how shopping at Kroger can benefit our programs and services. Read more here!

Do you have a question about how you can support CILO?
Contact Debbie Moorehous, Development Director by email 
or phone 513.241.2600 ext. 123 

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