United Way Spotlight by Bonnie Sorensen One of United Way of Vermillion 2005 agency is the Prairie Freedom Center for Independent Living.
The mission of the PFCIL is to empower individuals with disabilities who choose to live independently. The programs and services are unique and designed to assist each person with disabilities to achieve his or her goals.
The PFCIL strongly adheres to the independent living philosophy that individuals with disabilities have the right to control and direct their own lives, make decisions and take responsibility for their actions, have opportunities to participate in all aspects of community life, exercise the greatest degree of choice about where to live, with whom to live and how to live, and take risks and be allowed to fail.
Eligibility for independent living services are based on the following criteria:
1. any individual with a significant physical or mental impairment whose ability to function independently in the family or community or whose ability to obtain, maintain, or advance in employment is substantially limited, and
2. for whom the delivery of independent living services will improve their ability to function, continue functioning, or move towards functioning independently in the family or community or to continue in employment.
The PFCIL provides: Peer Support, Independent Living Skills Training, Information and Referral, and Advocacy. It also provides: Personal Assistance Services, Community Living Services, ADA Services, Home Modifications, Assistive Devices, Telecommunication Adaptive Devices Program, Citizens on Parking Patrol, Summer School Transition Program, Elderly Blind Peer Support, Reader Services, Kids on the Block Services, and Very Special Arts.