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Silicon Valley Independent Living Center

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Civil Rights, Disabilities, Disabled Persons Rights, Human Services

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.

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Rating: 5

Executive Director, board members and staff are passionate, committed and dedicated leaders with wise vision for the next world order. They take positive actions. They give me hope for the future. That's why I want to continue my loving support both morally and financially athough modest in amount. I hope many people will share my view and join me in supporting and cheering them as best as they can.