A Note from Our Executive Director

Dear Friends:
Ask anyone who knows me and they will be sure to tell you I love movies and the mystique surrounding their cast, their filming locations, their story line, etc. When sitting down to write this article, one scene from a Tom Cruise classic came to mind. One of the most powerful scenes in the movie "Jerry Maguire" is when Tom Cruise's character develops his own personal mission statement while rebuilding his career and his personal brand. If you have never seen it, here is a link to YouTube where you can take a look.

Recently, CILO went through an internal exercise to refine our mission statement. Our new mission statement has been streamlined from our previous version to give a more succinct description of what we actually do here at CILO. It is my pleasure to officially share it with you:

I would like to thank our staff team for initiating this change, as well as our board for their guidance, input, and final approval. I am very excited about what this will bring about in the year to come, most notably the formulation of a new three year strategic plan. Please keep an eye out for this information and how you can help us set our priorities and goals for the years to come.

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 Welcomes New Board Members

CILO welcomes Kara Ayers, PhD  and Assistant Professor, Associate Director of the University of Cincinnati Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCCEDD), and  Gena Stonefield, Mortgage Senior Sales Manager with First Financial Bank to CILO's Board of Directors.


Consumer Advisory Council meets this month!
Join us on Wednesday, March 6th to empower and advocate for people with disabilities and help CILO learn how we can expand and improve our services.

More information here

For questions, ideas or to RSVP contact Beth Crenshaw by Email  or 
phone 513.241.2600 ext. 114.

Kentucky Consumers!
Free Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education

Learn more about this free nutrition education series  here!

Health & Wellness Works!

It seems everyone starts the new year with plans to eat better and exercise more!  Last month CILO's Independent Living/Peer Support Specialist presented health and wellness trainings for residents living in Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority ( CMHA) communities. These trainings were focused on the importance of healthy eating and exercise, and how they can impact overall health. Participants from Maple Towers, Beechwood and The Evanston were enthusiastic about healthy living and have already started making exercise a regular activity!          Photo from Maple Towers

Job Readiness Classes Start March 21st!

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 next five week series begins March 21st! 
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 

March  Employee Anniversary
Beth Crenshaw, Independent Living Skills/Peer Support Specialist - 1 year

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