November 2021
Empowering people with disabilities to lead independent and inclusive lives in the community.
From the Executive Director

Dear Friends of CILO:
 
With the holidays just around the corner, I want to take this opportunity to let you know how you can share your holiday spirit with people with disabilities who receive services through CILO. Your support will impact the life of those individuals and families who struggle during the year just to obtain their basic needs.
 
We are delighted that CILO’s tradition of bringing holiday cheer to households will continue this year. We invite you to join us in creating our Home for the Holidays Baskets. These baskets will provide essential household items and maybe a game, a craft, books, or a warm blanket. Our staff will select the households to receive a Home for the Holidays Basket and then deliver it to them beginning December 15th.

Here is how you can help:

  • Create a holiday basket - you do the shopping to fill a basket with a variety of household products and holiday goodies and then drop it off to CILO.

  • Give the gift of cash or drop off any new household products to help CILO in creating household baskets.

  • Donate a Kroger or Walmart gift card to be passed along to a household in need (our address is CILO, 2031 Auburn Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45219)
 
Last year through the generous support of many, our Home for the Holidays Project was able to assist 18 households with a total of 65 adults and children. This year we hope to reach just as many households if not more; let us know how you would like to help!
 
Before I close, if you plan on doing your holiday shopping on Amazon, you can support CILO with every eligible purchase through Amazon Smile. Simply follow these instructions to the AmazonSmile App: 1. Open the Amazon app on your phone; 2. Select the main menu (=) & tap on "AmazonSmile" within Programs & Features; 3. Select "Independent Living Options Inc" as your charity; 4. Follow the on-screen instructions to activate AmazonSmile in the mobile app. 5) Shop!
 
I always welcome your comments and suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact me via email or by calling me at 513-338-5100.

With appreciation,

Rob Festenstein
 
P.S. - Thank you for being a loyal reader of our monthly newsletter. In the spirit of giving, I will be donating this month’s Starbucks gift card to our Home for the Holidays Baskets. 

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CILO is grateful to First Financial Bank in partnership with CREA, LLC for their recent grant which will allow us to further develop our Emergency Assistance Fund.

Through our continued partnership with OneSource Center for Nonprofit Excellence, we have been awarded $500 in vouchers for the OneSource Center Shoppers Club warehouse. These vouchers will be distributed to consumers who have no other resources to help them obtain household items, hygiene products, and more.
Accessibility in the News!

Is There A Future for People with Disabilities in Outer Space? Unique travel to space has been in the news recently, this article takes space travel to a new level!

If you are a fan of the big screen, the world's largest movie theater chain is becoming more accessible!
Unique Employment Opportunities with CILO

Do you have the desire to assist people with disabilities to live independent and inclusive lives in the community?

We are seeking candidates for the following positions:

Youth Transition Services Specialist - more here

Personal Care Assistance Services Coordinator - more here

CILO is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring people reflecting the diversity of our community. We provide equal employment opportunities to all applicants.
Peer Support Group for Individuals with Disabilities that are part of the LGBTQ Community
Share challenges and experiences in this four part series beginning November 17th via Zoom. Learn more here.

Are you or someone you know in need
of transportation to receive a COVID vaccine or booster?
CILO can assist! Email us.



Our offices will be closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 25 and Friday, November 26.

You can support CILO with every Kroger purchase just by using your
Kroger Plus Card!


Employee Anniversaries!

Congratulations to Peggy Tucker, Kentucky Programs Manager, on celebrating 12 years!
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