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NWCCI assists people with disabilities to achieve greater independence and actively participate in community. The Independent Living approach differs from traditional service providers. We assist individuals to achieve greater independence through self-advocacy, peer support and developing skills to reach goals for living well in our communities. People with disabilities can work with NWCCI to access services through a referral network of partner agencies and organizations as we leverage capacity through collaboration. NWCCI serves Routt, Moffat, Summit, Grand and Rio Blanco Counties. We accomplish our mission through the following services and programs:

• Advocacy: Individuals setting goals and developing plans of action that incorporate identified support and service options. Working together to see systems change by having a voice in public policy through contact with elected officials and government representatives.

• Peer Mentoring: NWCCI staff, board members, volunteers and consumers with disabilities supporting one another as we share experience, strength, hope, tools, techniques and resources.

• Independent living skills development: Developing and implementing skills for managing finances, grocery shopping, cooking and nutrition, social and civic engagement, lease and mortgage transactions, trade skills, employment and general ability to choose and direct services.

• Information and Referral: Connecting people with services, resources and support from community partners, faith-based organizations and government agencies.

• Transition services: Assisting individuals to explore options for moving out of institutional or custodial environments into the community with the ability to choose and direct services and supports.

• Outreach & Support: Guidance and technical assistance for educational facilities, businesses, government agencies, churches and landlords, including accessibility assessments and transition plans, disability etiquette workshops, as well as vocational and reasonable accommodation support for employers, focusing on the advantages of an inclusive, diverse workforce and community.

• Transportation services: Work with our team to research and identify accessible transportation options for getting to medical appointments, being more mobile and achieving freedom from isolation.

• Volunteer coordination: NWCCI provides a focal point for volunteer resources. • Youth services: We assist young adults in transitioning from school to the more challenging environment of adult life in the community.

• NWCCI also works with persons who have disabilities to obtain assistive technology devices, adaptive equipment, service animals and all manner of tools and resources for achieving greater independence. The majority of our Board of Directors and staff are members of the community we serve and realize the challenges of living independently and being self-sufficient. NWCCI is supported largely from government contracts and grants. Our goal is to be financially independent of government dollars, especially given the uncertainty of future public funding. Your generous donations are integral to continuing our important work.

Celebrating 20 years of living independently in northwest Colorado!

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Your donation goes directly to supporting people with disabilities to achieve greater dignity and independence through opportunities like attending a peer support group, accessing transportation options, participating in a legislative reception with elected officials and enjoying the beauty that northwest Colorado has to offer

Board and staff, top left; cooking group, top right; peer group activity, lower left; painting in the park, lower center; welcome home, lower right.

Locations in Craig, Dillon, Granby, and Steamboat Springs (970) 871-4838 NWCCI is a 501(c)(3) Corporation and a Certified Center for Independent Living.

NWCCI Assists local resident and article is wrote in the Steamboat Today!

Stephanie Areman’s dream is the kind of story Ian Engle loves to tell when people walk through the doors of the Northwest Colorado Center for Independence.

As executive director, he wants to help the people who come to him, but more importantly, he wants to give them a chance to help themselves and an opportunity such as the one he had.

“NWCCI has played a big role in my life,” Areman said. “I would not be where I am today; I would not be here without these guys.”

Engle said NWCCI serves more than 110 people dealing with disabilities in Moffat, Routt, Grand, Rio Blanco and Summit counties. He said his staff in Steamboat may have played a part in Areman’s new-found independence, but added she only has to look in the mirror to find the reason she landed an apartment in the Reserves at Steamboat.

“We were just along for the ride,” Engle said. “When she came to us, it was her goal to move into her own place. We helped her come up with a plan, we discussed what to do and in what order and we helped her with research and filling out the application. But we don’t do things for people — we work with them to help them reach their goals.”

Engle said the philosophy of the center, one of 400 across the United States and nine in Colorado, is not to reinforce a feeling of entitlement that is often found at other organizations, rather to empower people by making them responsible for the eventual outcome.

Stephanie Areman sits inside her new apartment at the Reserves at Steamboat Springs. Areman said the Northwest Colorado Center For Independence helped her make a plan, kept her on track and supported her through the process of reaching her dream of independent living

NWCCI at Dillon Farmers Market!

Come by the NWCCI booth at the Dillon Farmers Market starting June 9th and continuing June 16th, August 11th & 18, and September 9th & 15th! Come purchase Art by local Artist and TBI Survivor “JERMS” Jeremy Greene and other NWCCI consumers and partners! A portion of sales will go to facilitating more Peer Groups in our Counties. Stop by and say “HI”!

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