SILICON VALLEY INDEPENDENT LIVING CENTER

Rating: 4.89 stars   28 reviews

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Location: 2202 N. First Street San Jose CA 95131 USA

Mission: The mission of the Silicon Valley Independent Living Center (SVILC) is to empower people with disabilities by providing advocacy, training, skill development, and services that enhance every individual''s capabilities. SVILC is unique in that it is the only organization in Santa Clara County that offers comprehensive services to individuals with disabilities. It is also the only organization in the area that provides comprehensive services for people with ALL types of disabilities.
Results: During FY 2011-2012 year, some of SVILC's main accomplishments included: - Served a total of 526 community members, and 1,898 people received Information &Referral! - Successfully transitioned 14 individuals from nursing homes and institutions into the community, saving the state and taxpayers $350,000! Brings total to 35 = $875,000 savings! - At a time when people all over the country are losing their homes, SVILC staff assisted 341 people in their search for accessible, affordable, integrated housing. - Provided security deposit and rental assistance in the amount of more than $100,000 to over 70 people. - More than 30 community outreach events throughout the year - Approximately 20 Board, staff, and community members attended Disability Capitol Action Day in Sacramento on May 23rd - U.S. Representative Zoe Lofgren cosponsored the ABLE Act (H.R. 3423) on Feb. 3 - Several actions in coalition with the South Bay Partnership - Helped get the CA Domestic Worker Bill of Rights (AB 889) passed - Successfully closed the year with a positive balance of $3,085. - Achieved an unqualified, unconditional audit report! - Successful leadership of personnel, streamlined organization's hiring process, provided leadership in hiring five qualified and diverse individuals, and revised and updated all staff job descriptions. - Developed SVILC salary table - Maintained strong internal fiscal controls and segregation of fiscal duties - Won a 2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit Award from GreatNonprofits - The City of Mountain View was the New Location for SVILC's 3rd Annual Disability Pride Parade & Festival and generated $10,000 in unrestricted funding - New grant funding: SCC Homeless & Transitioning General Funds - $30,000 for Housing, SCAN Foundation for preparing to secure Health Plan contract - $50,000, Rotary of San Jose funding for new workstations for staff - $10,000 - Accessible, Affordable Playhouse story aired April 19, 2012 on ABC7 Evening News with Reporter David Louie - 3rd Annual SVILC People's Thanksgiving attended by 100 - On September 17, $20,268 for SVILC's transitional home in Santa Clara was withdrawn - By December 4 (less than 12 weeks later), due to some kick-butt advocacy by SVILC Board, staff, and community members¦. - $62,625 of housing services funding was restored benefiting not only SVILC ($10,134) but all the RDA grantees: Catholics Charities, Council on Aging, Next Door, EHC Lifebuilders and Project Sentinel
Target demographics: persons of any age with any disabilities
Direct beneficiaries per year: 2,366 persons with disabilities by providing services and information and referral.
Geographic areas served: Santa Clara County
Programs: SVILC's four core programs: (1) Advocacy, both systems advocacy and teaching consumers self-advocacy skills; (2) Independent Living Skills training, meeting the individual needs of consumers who choose to live independently; (3) Information and Referral, ensuring that consumers with needs beyond what SVILC can provide are served; and (4) Peer Counseling, providing mentorship and training for people with disabilities from people with disabilities. We also provide: (1) Assistive Technology (AT) services, showing people with disabilities the available technology that can help them succeed both at home and work; (2) Housing and Personal Assistant (PA) services, assisting with everything from direct housing referral/placement to how to hire/manage an in-home personal assistant; and (3) The Olmstead Community Transitions Program, working with individuals to transition from nursing homes and long-term care facilities into community-based housing.
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Rating: 5 stars  

Posted with permission of Owner. -dss

Hello,

My name is Sharon Tate. I have been volunteering with the
Silicon Valley Independent Living Center for the past 3 years.

I really enjoy volunteering for people who has disabilities.
I had a sister who was disable.

I volunteer at the Disability Pride Parade. I love this yearly event.
Working with Naomi is just wonderful.

I am also on the Personal Assisting List. I help many people because of this list.

The SVILC is a great resource for people with disabilities.
It gives people with disabilities a positive outlet to help them in their daily lives.

I am so glad that I am associated with the Silicon Valley Independent Living Center.

Sincerely,

Sharon Tate
October 2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

SVILC has been EXTREMELY helpful in assisting with a wide range of resources for housing and much more. I'd recommend their services to ANYONE with a disability. THANKS SVILC!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have received assistance from silicon valley independent living center. They were wonderful to me
and I will support. them as much as I can. This organization do the right things, say the right things
and they get the job done without reservations.

They treated me with great respect and I appreciate them and they have my stamp of approval.
Thanks for your time.
Best
Dottie Hunter

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Rating: 4 stars  

The Silicon Valley Independent Living Center (SVILC) is a very warm hearted key spot for a person with disabilities to stop by and seek resources, a word of advice, or a plan for personal life rehabilitation and transformation. SVILC is the room where recipes are made. A few months ago, I entered it again as a volunteer wanting to help the staff and understand the flow of needs and services in this local environment. I can see where some pieces come together, but I am still a beginner in understanding the community’s way of putting together life and “disability,” reaching out to help and be helped, and understanding the flow of this social hierarchy. SVILC has to place itself in as ideal spot as possible to better help the community members, A.K.A. the recipe seekers ☺. Supporting one person affects the entire Silicon Valley and United States. For example, the Assistive Technology Specialist who is in charge of AT Exchange, a service offering useful, disability friendly equipment for trial, made available to me a GRIP board that ensures objects will not fall off a wheelchair user’s lap. This worked great for me, and I ended up purchasing my own. This service is free of charge. This helps provide income to certain people in the US, who in turn can pay their bills, help other people, smile at someone who is having a crummy day and brighten up their day, and they in turn can brighten up someone else’s day. Everything we do affects everyone around.
The staff is very kind, and I deeply appreciate the way they make me feel like I’m at home. There is always room for improvement, but this does not mean that appreciation in the moment is not just as well deserved. You Go SVILC!
My rating gets 4 stars in order to give a sign there is always room for more brilliance, for developing the network, and helping out people.

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Rating: 5 stars  

SVILC is a fabulous organization that I have been a part of for 22 years. I began my journey as a consumer needing assistance in independent living skills and finding affordable assecible housing. Now, 2o years later, I am living by myself and am the SVILC's board president . The organization also taught me disability history, and to be disabied and proud!! The staff really helped me blosom into an independent , proud person with a disability . Thank you SVILC STAFF! Tricia Kokes

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Rating: 5 stars  

SVILC helped to organize and host the first national forum on Race and Disability. This was a powerful event for all who attended -- people of color, white people, disabled people and nondisabled people -- all talking about their personal experiences of racism and ableism and how we can all be stronger allies to each other in our collective journey towards safety, justice and compassion. SVILC staff and board had the courage to create a safe space for these sometimes difficult conversations to happen and is a model to other independent living centers around the country and world.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

SVILC does a great job of putting the community first and that's why I continue to support them. The work they do with the differently abled community is very intentional and effective. Their staff also demonstrate this in their actions as well.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I got to serve as a member of the Silicon Valley Independent Living Center's Youth Council and it was a blast! I met amazing people and I learned how to advocate for social justice and change for those with disabilities. This organization is amazing at what it does; it has moved so many people with disabilities out of nursing homes into their own homes and they have successfully gotten those individuals integrated into the community!! The Silicon Valley Independent Living Center deserves to be recognized for its contributions to making life for those with disabilities happier and easier!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Unsure

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteered to help out with the 3rd Annual Disability Pride Parade this year (both behind the scenes and on the day of). The staff is made up of diverse, helpful, and amazingly sweet individuals. Honestly, my time spent working with SVILC was always fun and lighthearted, but productive as well. A+++ would volunteer again!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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