June 2022
Empowering people with disabilities to lead independent and inclusive lives in the community.

From the Executive Director

Dear Friends,

Thank you to those of who you took the time to complete our brief survey about our newsletter last month. CILO is appreciative of your feedback and insights. It was reaffirming to know that we are effective in sharing useful information in an easy-to-read newsletter. 

This effort for continuous quality improvement is directly related to our strategic plan that will enter its third and final year on July 1. This has been a very organic process by which our staff, board, consumers, and supporters have come together to help guide us as an organization. In this final year of our strategic plan, we will be focusing on the following areas:

  1. CILO will expand and continue to improve our Information and Referral, one of our core services. It is our intention to respond to every inquiry we receive with accurate information and resources. 
  2. CILO will strive to enhance and expand professional development of our staff including during our monthly staff meetings.
  3. CILO will continue to build, strengthen, and establish new collaborative efforts with providers of services for people with disabilities in Southwestern Ohio and Northern Kentucky.

We will continue to review our strategic plan and assess our progress monthly through a workgroup of staff members, and with our board. I am pleased that we have made so much progress over the last two years and shall continue to work towards our vision of being a recognized leader of quality and innovative services that promote independent living for people with disabilities.

I enjoy hearing from you. Please contact me at 513-338-5100 or by email.


Rob Festenstein

P.S. And for those of you who have read this far, I have a $10 gift card to Starbucks to the SEVENTH person to click here and indicate that you have read my message. 

Career Opportunities with CILO

CILO is hiring! We are currently seeking candidates for an Independent Living Specialist. This full-time member of our Core Services Team will provide services that assist adults and youth with disabilities to reach their independent living goals. See the full job posting and how to apply here.

We are also seeking candidates for our Institutional Transition Services Specialist. This full-time position will coordinate pre-transition services for people who are discharging from an institutional setting. See the full job posting and how to apply here.
Mission Moment

Through a generous private donation, CILO has created 13 boxes filled with personal hygiene and household products to be delivered to consumers who do not have the resources to obtain these items on their own. You can support this ongoing project with your own donation. Contact us.
We are always interested in hearing how our services have impacted the lives of people with disabilities. Do you have a story you would like to share with us? Email us
Employee Anniversaries

Lisa Beane, Kentucky Housing Coordinator; and
Anthony Jenkins, Gallery Assistant, both celebrating 8 years!
CILO offers free notary services
for people with disabilities by appointment.
For Ohio residents, contact Rob Festenstein; Kentucky residents contact Patrick Ober.
Support CILO

Learn more here about how using your
Kroger Plus Card can support CILO!
Once you have signed up there is nothing more to do other than use your Kroger Plus Card.

Thank you for supporting us through the Amazon Smile Program! In the past year we have doubled the amount that comes back to us. Not signed up yet? Follow these easy steps and help us build our Emergency Assistance Fund.

  • Open the Amazon app on your phone
  • Select the main menu (=) & tap on "AmazonSmile" within
Programs & Features
  • Select "Independent Living Options Inc" as your charity
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to activate AmazonSmile in
the mobile app 
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