Being self-sufficient is always a possibility and we want to help you achieve that goal. As a Center for Independent Living (CIL), we have a wide array of options to better suit your individual needs.
Information and Referral
This program helps people locate things they need to live independently or transition and integrate into the community. At I&R, we can answer questions about:
- Financial and material gifting
- Benefits and how to access them
- Individual Education Plans (IEPs) for students
- Recreation opportunities
- Volunteer and civic duty opportunities
- …and much more!
General Transition Services
We believe that the best place for people with disabilities to thrive is in an area they choose for themselves. Our transition services help those residing in care facilities transition back into the community. We also can assist in the transition from being un-housed to stable, long-term housing. We’ll also make sure they receive any warranted services that allow them to maintain their independence.
Youth Transition Services
We understand the difficulty young people with disabilities face. There’s a lot that goes into life after school – securing safe housing, finding and keeping a job, securing transportation, accessing services, becoming a self-advocate – and it all may seem overwhelming. We assist teens and adolescents with disabilities (ages 16-26) to help them attain the highest level of desired independence. This program can also teach valuable skills that will prepare youths for living in their community.
Independent Living Skills Training
At LINC, we believe that independence greatly depends on being able to function in a world that isn’t always optimal for people living with disabilities. We help people get the skills necessary to become self-advocates so they can enjoy life and work in their community. We help anyone interested in learning how to:
- Rent an apartment
- Interview for work to not only find a job but keep it!
- Submit pay stubs to the SSA
- Interface with Idaho Dept. of Health and Welfare, the Social Security Administration (SSA), etc.
- Access services and programs
- Go back to school
- Become a youth leader
- …and more!
Deseret Industries Community Grant Program
Looking for higher self-sufficiency and an enhanced quality of life? We’ve partnered with Deseret Industries to offer free vouchers to qualified participants. These vouchers may be used at any of their thrift stores to purchase clothing, household goods, furniture, and anything else you need to live better.
At LINC, we believe in the power of personal choice. We understand that every individual, regardless of the nature or degree of their disability, should direct their own life and secure their own unique, desired level of independence. We believe that independence is a civil right.
By providing work incentives and benefits counseling, employment education and planning, and youth transition planning, we know you’ll feel confident getting back to work.
The Work Incentives and Employment Education Program covers:
- How earnings affect your SSI and SSDI benefits
- How to access Medicaid for Workers with Disabilities
- Exciting work incentives available for workers receiving SSI or SSDI, including:
- maintaining Medicaid eligibility through sections 1619a and 1619b
- Impairment Related Work Expenses
- Student Earned Income Exclusion
- Plan for Achieving Self Support (PASS)
- and many others
- How employers can benefit from hiring a worker w/ a disability including tax credits and how to recruit, hire, and retain workers w/ disabilities
- What resources are available in the community to help secure employment, including the Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, The Idaho Department of Labor, Able to Work, and more
- …and more!
Returning Citizens Program
We’ve partnered with other community non-profits, and agencies, including St. Vincent de Paul, The Phoenix, IMSI Hope, and Corrections to offer services, support, and resources for adults and youths seeking to transition from incarceration back into the community effectively.
The Returning Citizens Program helps people locate resources such as:
- Housing, employment, health care, transportation, Peer Support, and benefits
- Community granting programs
- Recreation and community integration
- Informative workshops and events
This program can also answer questions regarding:
- Restarting SSDI, reapplying for SSI, and first-time SSA application submittal upon release from city, county, or state institutions
- Work Incentives and Benefits Counseling for workers with disabilities receiving SSDI or SSI
- Discrimination, equal and civil rights, accessibility, and similar issues
The Returning Citizens Program also provides:
- Independent Living skills training, including effective communication with P&P, employers, landlords, families, and fellow community members
- The LINC Rural Initiative that provides services to underserved rural communities
- Personal Assistance Services for people with disabilities who choose HCBS “self-direction” through the Aged and Disabled Waiver
- Durable medical goods lending and the donation library for wheelchairs, walkers, canes, crutches, motorized chairs, accessibility ramp and rail loans, and our purchase program
Contact us for more information.