About The Independence Center
The Independence Center is a local nonprofit organization that provides traditional and self-directed home health care, independent living, veteran services, and advocacy services for people with disabilities. These services range from providing peer support, skills classes, and employment assistance to individuals and advocacy to affect change within and outside the disabilities system. In addition to the services listed above, The IC has a CNA Training Program for individuals interested in beginning a fulfilling career working as a Certified Nurse Aide.
The IC’s Mission
Working with people with disabilities, their families, and the community, we create independence so that all may thrive.
The IC’s Vision
The Independence Center is the local home of civil rights for people with disabilities. We support and promote these civil rights throughout our service area which includes El Paso, Cheyenne, Elbert, Kit Carson, Lincoln, Park, Pueblo, and Teller counties. As role models, we sit, stand, or lie at the point where people with disabilities decide whether to create the life they desire or give in and resign themselves to society’s reduced expectations. Our staff, programs, and even our building demonstrate that people with disabilities can live, learn, work, play, and participate in civic life as equals. Center staff embody a wide range of visible and hidden disabilities, modeling empowerment for those we serve. We work with individuals and the community to identify and remove barriers that prevent or hinder people with disabilities from living in the community and participating in community life.
Our programs are designed to provide information, support, and encouragement to people with disabilities. To learn more about the various programs available through The Independence Center, visit the links below
Our Home Health agency provides for skilled medical care and personal care support that enable people with disabilities to live and thrive where they are most comfortable – at home, instead of nursing care or rehabilitation facilities.
The Center for Independent Living provides information, coaching, and assistance for people to create the life they want, and provides training and support to accomplish their goals.
Our Advocacy programs assist individuals and the community in identifying and addressing barriers to independence in the lives of people with disabilities. This is achieved in several ways, including self-advocacy mentoring, community organizing, issue briefs, emergency preparedness, and lobbying to affect change locally and statewide.
Our Veteran programs work with Veterans with disabilities to build community through shared experience, dialog, and friendship in our Veteran Support groups, and help to connect Veterans with the VA benefits they need to live a fulfilling and independent life, through the Veteran in Charge (VIC) Program.
The CNA Training Program provides the advance preparatory training that is required by the Colorado State Board of Nursing before a student is permitted to take the Colorado Nurse Aide Competency and Evaluation Exams (State Boards).
In 1987, The Independence Center (The IC) was founded by people with disabilities who saw a need for independent living and home health care services in the community. The Independence Center serves people with all disabilities in El Paso, Cheyenne, Elbert, Kit Carson, Lincoln, Park, Pueblo, and Teller counties and over 800 people annually.
After 25 years, The Independence Center’s founder, Vicki Skoog retired from the Center. She and her late husband, Ted left the Center a great legacy. Through her entrepreneurial skills, she laid the foundation for the business that sustains the entire Center. Our long-term care/home health services, funded primarily through Medicaid and some private insurance and pay, allow us to help individuals of any age to remain in their homes.
We are working to create a community where everyone is welcome and belongs. With a truly accessible building, trained staff with and without disabilities, engaging events, and technology that allows us to be out in the community providing services and support, we envision a community where all people with disabilities can make a connection and shape the life they want.