November 2022

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

Dear Friends,

One of the major components of our current strategic plan has been to provide opportunities for our entire staff to engage in professional development. Our monthly staff meetings were an ideal time to learn about how various community services might benefit our consumers or educate us on topics relevant to the work we do. Over the past year our professional development presentations have included:

·        Best practices in permanent housing for people with disabilities

·        How to stay safe and secure in the community

·        Embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion

·        Using a trauma informed approach with our services

·        Fair housing laws, protections, and reasonable accommodations

·        Educational and career opportunities for people with disabilities

CILO appreciates the value that professional development can bring to our employees and to our organization. As we head into a new year, we will continue to feature a speaker at each of our 2023 monthly staff meetings. We would love to hear from you and/or your agency if you have an idea or a topic you would like to share with us. Just send us an email to start the conversation with us about how we can learn more about the many resources our community offers for people with disabilities.


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


Rob Festenstein

P.S. I once again have a $10 gift card to Starbucks to the FOURTH person to click here to indicate you have read my message. 

Our offices will be closed on Thursday, November 24 and

Friday, November 25 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. 

Affordable Internet

The Affordable Connectivity Program is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) benefit that helps ensure that households can afford the broadband they need for work, school, healthcare, and more. The benefit provides a discount up to $30 a month for eligible households.  Learn more about the program, eligibility, and how to enroll by clicking here.

    Fall Hiring Event

    Monday, November 7, 2022

We are seeking qualified candidates to join our team at CILO!  

Be part of our core services team that empowers people with disabilities

to lead independent and inclusive lives in the community.


Stop by our office at 2031 Auburn Avenue, Cincinnati, Cincinnati, 45219,

(Corner of Auburn and Huntington Avenues)

between 9am and 12noon on Monday, November 7th -

bring your resume and be prepared for an

on-site interview for one of the following positions. 



Independent Living Specialist


Disability Rights and Advocacy Specialist


Home & Community Transition Specialist



Can't make it to CILO on November 7th? If you have the required qualifications and want to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities, submit your cover letter and resume here. 

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

CILO offers free notary services
for people with disabilities in Ohio. For an appointment, contact Rob Festenstein.

Employee Anniversaries

Join us in congratulating Peggy Tucker, Kentucky Programs Manager, on her 13th anniversary with CILO.

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 at the checkout!

Get a head start on your holiday shopping and help CILO build our Emergency Assistance Fund at the same time. A percentage of your purchases will come back to CILO. Follow these easy steps:

  • 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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