About The Independence Center
The Independence Center is a local nonprofit organization that provides traditional and self-directed home health care, independent living, 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. The IC’s mission is to work with people with disabilities, their families, and the community to create independence so all may thrive.
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, Kit Carson, Lincoln, Park 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 they serve. They 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.
- 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 and counseling for people to create the life they want and provide 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.
In 1987, The Independence Center (The IC) was founded by people with disabilities who saw a need for independent living services and home health care services in the community. The Independence Center serves people with all disabilities in El Paso, Teller, Kit Carson, Park, Lincoln and Cheyenne 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 true disability community where people can make a connection and shape the life they want.