Silicon Valley Independent Living Center

Rating: 4.89 stars   28 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Disabilities, Human Services

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¬Ě 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.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

SVILC is a caring, loving and compassion nonprofit. They have people who work at SVILC who can help a client to become independent and staying independent. The staff at SVILC is a GREAT NONPROFIT ORG!

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Rating: 4 stars  

Silicon Valley Independent Living Center is a nonprofit organization that serves people of all ages with all types of disabilities throughout Santa Clara County, California. Their main office is in north San Jose, and they recently opened a new satellite office in Gilroy. SVILC hosts the annual West Coast Disability Pride Parade and Festival every July on the Saturday nearest the anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The parade is a gathering of hundreds of people with disabilities and their allies from all over Northern California and beyond. SVILC is also home to CATS, the Countywide Advocacy Team of Santa Clara. CATS activists have been working tirelessly for increased access, especially in the areas of housing and transportation. Santa Clara County has a horrendous 1% rental vacancy rate, and rents are skyrocketing, making it extremely diificult for people with low incomes to find housing here.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have known about SVILC since I was 16yrsold. I didn't start using their services til I was a single parent in 1994. I called and wanted to learn the computer and peer support help. I went through all the computer classes. I was asked if I wanted to volunteer and so I started out as the computer lab assistant and did that for 2yrs. I enjoyed it very much. I was offered a job after that in 1996 and have worked here since for 17yrs. SVILC has been like a second family to me. :)

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In the world of Disability Non-profits there are very few who are run by and for folks with disabilities AND who are grounded in social justice. When Centers for Independent Living (CIL) first were created in the 1970s around the country, access to transportation, education and community resources for Disabled folks were downright radical ideas. As we have slowly gained the rights to go to school, ride the bus and have interpreters or ramps at court hearings, other questions have arisen. How can we choose where we live and have support to live at home? How do we have relationships with non-disabled allies who often hold all of the money and power? How do we understand our experience in the world? While other CIL's have stayed in one place, going over the past 40 years from radical to service-based and sometimes obsolete, SVILC has stepped-up to challenge themselves and the community that they work in to address these new questions. They have embraced the new ideas of Disability Justice, a second-wave of Disability identity and activism, and have tried to practice this ideas and values. I worked with them in designing an anti-bullying curriculum for kids (age 9-12) grounded in Disability history and identity. Kids with diverse disabilities sat in rapt attention as they learned about their history and culture. Showing an Autistic artist which his detailed drawings, one of the kids faces suddenly lit up with recognition that he was autistic too and belonged for once here in this community of diversity. SVILC has challenged me as well to bring all parts of myself to the organization. In a forum on Race and Disability I was invited to assist with organizing and was asked to share why addressing my identity as a woman of color was important to explore with-in Disability activism. It was the first time I felt like all of who I am was honored and had space in an organization. It has not always been comfortable, but fear of vulnerability is something Disabled people must learn to embrace, and embrace it SVILC has. It's been an honor and life changing for me to work with SVILC.

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Life-changing

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2012

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I love all of the services they provide. The Disability Pride Parade is wonderful. Were look forward to it every year. SVILC makes the world a better place for people with disabilities.

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Life-changing

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Awesome non profit that provides hope and resources to those living with disabilities.

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Life-changing

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2012

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The Independent Living Center makes a gigantic contribution to all people with disabilities in terms of workshops, parades, support groups, and many, many other services. The staff is friendly and willing to take time to explain and provide bridges toward service. An outstanding community asset for San Jose!

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Life-changing

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2012

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The Silicon Valley Independent Living Center is a non-profit organization located in downtown San Jose that provides services for people with all types of disabilities. For example, they offer in-takes, housing, personal care attendants, peer counseling and all the main core services that Independent Living Centers offer. During a rough time of transition and adjustment in my life, I had received information that they provided rental assistance. I was truly grateful and appreciative of their Management team for going above and beyond my expectations. Earlier this summer, they held their Third Annual West Coast Disability Pride Parade and Festival in Mountain View, CA. They have built a CommUnity of Social Justice. It is empowering and inspiring to see their dedication and commitment every day. All the Staff and Volunteers stepped up and supported this amazing day and cause! I volunteered my time by helping organize, plan, emcee the parade and performed. It was an opportunity of a lifetime. SVILC is a valuable assest to the disability community, city of San Jose, Santa Clara county and surrounding areas. They are my heroes and have made a lasting footprint in the lives of people with disabilities including mine.

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Very Well

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Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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