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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Services

Mission: The center for independence is a 501(c)3 organization serving as a resource for individuals with disabilities to fully access and participate in the community through outreach, advocacy, and independent living skills development. We serve people with disablilities in pierce, thurston and souuth king counties.

Programs: Advocacy & il skills training. Staff works one on one with people with significant disabilities to reach goals necessary to live independently. Provide in depth evaluation of a person's abilities and create a written report detailing where this person needs support to live independently.

youth transition program. Served young people with significant disabilities to coach them one on one to achieve goals towards living independently in the community, furthering education, obtaining services, finding jobs, and improving access to the community.

deinstitutionalization. Teaming with nursing homes and dshs to move people with significant disabilities out of nursing homes into the community.

support group (out & about). Provides peer support and peer mentoring for over 100 adults with significant disabilities to encourage independence, community access, and connections with each other. Improved social skills, increased health awareness, education on advocacy and civil rights, and a sense of community are all results for those in program. System advocacy. Working with local, state, and national government to educate them on how their decisions impact the population we serve. Social security work incentive planning.

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

Hi my name is seijin depuy I’m 21 years old and I’ve been part of center for independence since I was 16 and my good experience I had with center for independence was teaching you how to live independently and I have some long term goals I wanna pursue and I want to be a chef one day and learn nutrition and other recipes and I’m very social friendly and kind and loyal to others I love center for independence I get to interact with friends and being part of this community I even learned how to ride the para transit and dart which is fun I enjoy that and I also enjoy making tye dye shirts and making pumpkins were such a blast and that is some of my experience and goals

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Mark. I am 24 years old, and I go to CFI. I like CFI because I like hanging out with friends and doing all kinds of activities. I even brought some friends along with me, and they were happy they could come too. I am so glad to have Margaret as a great helper because of how nice she is. Sometimes it's hard for me to share information about myself when we get together, but everyone is supportive in everything I try to say or do.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization has provided accessibility to hundreds of people with disability. Inclusion is possible.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My 21 year old grandson has autism and is struggling. When we met Margaret on a Zoom, she was so kind and open with him, making him comfortable. They met in person for an interview and her manner kept his anxiety at bay. So kind and helpful.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am very impressed by CFI staff's expertise and commitment to locate truly accessible And affordable housing for people who use power chairs and also to negotiate for their prompt placement in accessible, affordable housing. This Center's Pathways to Community Living video shows what the Center's been doing for both younger and elderly people who have disAbilities and who need the most difficult to find kind of housing.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I had horrible service when I called in about needing some resources. Employees were indifferent to my needs and just referred me elsewhere.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I donated to the Center for Independence through Conductive Education - a non-profit organization that serves children with physical disabilities on their journey towards independence. The Center provides services to over 150 children a year, and have *never* turned a child away due to lack of insurance or inability to pay. I know that by donating to this organization, I am helping give back to the community at large. Children with physical disabilities deserve the opportunity to be fully-integrated into the school system and workforce. The Center's commitment to improving the lives of disadvantaged, under-served children with physical disabilities, with the ultimate intention of securing a better life that includes employment and independent living skills is something that I strongly believe in.

Review from #MyGivingStory