Community Partners and Resources
At The Independence Center, we work with people with disabilities, their families and the community to create independence so that all may thrive. Through our community partners who share our same vision, we are able to achieve so much more for people with disabilities and their loved ones. For additional information or resources, check out our resource guide.
For your convenience, we have listed a number of our community partners and resources. These resources and organizations, while not a part of the Independent Center, each have their own unique mission in support of those with disabilities or special needs.
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Alzheimers (links below to any Alzheimer’s associations/local agencies, etc.), Healthcare (links to healthcare facilities), Social Services (links to Department of Human Services, El Paso Co. Citizens Services Center, Teller County DHS – links to DHS for all 6 counties served by IC) Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (links to TRE www.tre.org, Colorado Medicaid, Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) and Medicaid Waivers STATE OF COLORADO site https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/hcpf/colorado-medicaid ; Health Care Policy and Financing https://www.colorado.gov/hcpf ; Providers https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/categories/services-and-information/health/health-facilities ; etc.) Mental Health Services, Guardianship, Estate Planning, Legal Services, Environmental Modifications and Accessibility Services, Elder Services, Services for the Blind, Services for the Deaf Community, Military Wounded, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Transportation, etc.]
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Alzheimer’s Association – Colorado Springs Chapter
To eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.
Assistive Technology Partners
Connecting people with disabilities to the tools and technology needed at home, school, work, and play. Clinic program provides evaluations, consultation, and training in the following AT areas: wheelchair seating/mobility, computer access, learning/ cognitive aids, nighttime positioning, augmentative alternative communication, electronic aids to daily living, and worksite accommodations/ergonomics.
Aspen Pointe-Mental Health
Provides information on consumer resources and how to get an initial appointment. Aspen Pointe also offers outpatient services, including ongoing individual and group counseling. They may provide housing options and vocational rehabilitation for clients. Medicaid, private insurance, or private pay. Collaborative Partner.
C3 Therapeutic Skating
C3 Therapeutic Skating is a U.S. Figure Skating certified program that specializes in serving citizens of the community who are temporarily or permanently disabled. Through ice skating, you will become aware of improved agility, posture, balance, breathing and overall strength.
Carmel Community Living
Carmel Community Living Corporation provides Residential, Day Program, Vocational, Supported Living and Children’s Extensive Services to people with developmental and other disabilities all along the Front Range of Colorado.
4740 Flintridge Dr. Ste. 130, C/S CO 80918
(719) 477-9972 ext 13 Toll Free: 877 477-9972
Catholic Charities of Central Colorado
Catholic Charities provides social services throughout a 10-county area with most of the services targeted to people living in Colorado Springs and El Paso County. Catholic Charities provides help and creates hope for people who are poor and vulnerable in our area through the efforts of a wide range of programs and services.
Cerebral Palsy Association of Colorado Springs
Cerebral Palsy Association works directly with adults and children with CP and/or Neuro-Motor Disorders by maintaining a loan closet of equipment that helps families who want to try out particular piece of equipment to see if it is right for the child or do not have enough insurance to purchase it. Kids grow out of equipment so fast; Offering family events to develop friendships, support and networking of resources; Provide financial assistance for therapy, recreation, medical expenses, and equipment (when funds are available.); and provide resources and community support.
CIMS, Colorado Injured Military Support
The CIMS (Colorado Injured Military Support) Network is a community outreach program of the Army Community Service program at Ft. Carson, CO. We are in our eighth year of operation and still growing. We welcome any individual or organization that sincerely wants to offer support to our military and veterans in Colorado, especially in the local area around Colorado Springs. We support all Armed Services, not just the Army, and are primarily an information networking group that attempts to find and share resources in our community.
For more information, please contact:
Dennis X. McCormack
Colorado Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CCDHH)
CCDHH serves, advocates and educates Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deafblind, late deafend and nondeaf individuals throughout the state of Colorado. Their mission is protect linguistic, human and civil rights to communication acces.
Colorado Fund for People with Disabilities
The Colorado Fund for People with Disabilities (CFPD) seeks to enhance the independence and quality of life for people who are elderly or disabled and their families. CFPD shall actively evaluate, monitor, oversee, coordinate and implement services in partnership with its clients and their families to ensure and maintain their rights, integrity and dignity.
Assist adults with developmental disabilities to become as independent and self-sufficient as possible. Services are provided in the following areas: residential, employment, work skills training, community participation, supported living, and specialized transportation. Individualized services have resulted in people improving the quality of their lives and finding success in becoming part of their communities.
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of Colorado Springs
Its mission is to improve lives of people living with mood disorders (depression, bipolar, anxiety, PTSD). Free weekly self-help support groups specifically for adults, young adults, teens 15+, women, veterans, seniors, survivors of sexual assault, and family and friends (caregivers) offered at three locations.
Disability Consultants is devoted to representing people needing help when filing any disability claim with the Social Security Administration. This organization completes the paperwork for you. They also update medical records and prepare you for the hearing process. They represent you before a hearing judge and meet with you to keep you informed of your file status.
For more information, please contact: (719) 596-5898
Discover Goodwill of Colorado Springs
Goodwill is dedicated to helping people reach their highest level of personal and economic independence. Goodwill is about helping people recognize and reach their full potential. As one of the top 10 Goodwills in the United States and Canada for the number of people we place in jobs each year, we have a significant and positive impact on the community.
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)
The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) helps individuals with disabilities prepare for, secure, retain, and regain suitable jobs. A rehabilitation counselor determines eligibility and rehabilitation needs. Services may include vocational guidance and counseling, job seeking skills training and job placement services. Services are individualized and depend on what each individual needs to become successfully employed.
Domestic Violence Initiative
Domestic Violence Initiative serving women, men, and children with disabilities (DVI) is dedicated to the survival and safety of Colorado’s people with disabilities and their children who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, caregiver abuse, elder abuse and stalking. They have access to advocacy, information, support and safety planning at DVI.
Ecumenical Social Ministries (ESM)
Ecumenical Social Ministries (ESM) was created as a collaborative Christian organization serving the emergency assistance needs of low-income and homeless individuals and families in Colorado Springs. ESM provides more than 60,000 services to over 20,000 individuals each year. Considered an outreach extension for the community, ESM responds to the emergency social service needs of low-income, homeless and unemployed individuals and families in Colorado Springs.
El Paso County Public Health
Health care program for children with special needs. Helps families with special needs children (ages 0-21) coordinate their child’s medical services, connect with support groups and specialty clinics and make referrals to other community organizations that can provide needed services.
Holladay Brothers Construction, Inc.
Home accessibility modifications have come a long way from “hospital sterile” and can be a perfect blend of beauty and functionality. Using ADA standards, we make only improvements that are safe, reliable and tailored to the individual or family. Free consultation, no obligation. Certified Medicaid Provider and VA approved contractor.
MCC, Mobility Coordinating Committee
To advise the PPACG Board of Directors and staff on current and emerging issues, goals, and plans relative to coordination of public, human service, and job access transportation services in the Pikes Peak Region. To provide recommendations to the PPACG Board of Directors for coordination of public, human service, and job access transportation services in the Pikes Peak Region.To provide a forum for coordinating the services of those agencies providing public, human service, and job access transportation services in the Pikes Peak Region.
Mercy’s Gate began 30 years ago as a collaboration of churches and organizations called Northern Churches Care. Their purpose was to join together to meet the physical, financial, emotional, and spiritual needs of people who lived in Colorado Springs. Today, they are known as Mercy’s Gate, and provide much-needed food, clothing, help with utilities and rent, medical assistance and spiritual care and emotional support.
Mountain Metro Transit
Mountain Metro Public transportation system that serves the City of Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region. Metro Mobility Curb to curb ADA paratransit service. Metro Rides Carpool, school, vanpool, and telecommuting services.
Mission Medical Clinic
Mission Medical Clinic provides free medical, dental, behavior health care and prescription assistance for eligible low income, uninsured residents of El Paso and Teller Counties. Mission Medical Clinic provides compassionate health care for low-income adults, 19-64 years of age, with no health insurance. Another important objective is to provide a local missions opportunity for those who are led to serve others.
Provides a variety of supports and opportunities to adults with intellectual disabilities in pursuing their own life goals and spirituality. Services include several residential service options for community living, job skills training, supported employment, school transition programming, community volunteering, life skills building and community participation.
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)
Provides support, education and advocacy to families of people with mental illness.
ATG Rehab (now numotion)
ATG Rehab is a provider of wheelchairs and mobility equipment with U.S. locations coast to coast. ATG Rehab provides comprehensive range of Mobility & Seating Solutions including: Wheelchairs, Adaptive Seating, Scooters, Ambulatory, bathing and standing aides. ATG Rehab has merged with United Seating, who is a provider that carries and offers a wide array of products and services such as custom wheelchairs and seating and mobility systems for children, teens, adults, and seniors who are challenged with severe trauma, disease and/or skeletal disorders.
Our House Inc.
Our House Inc. is a community day program committed to helping persons with disabilities seek independence through peer interaction, vocational training, assistance with daily living skills and volunteering programs. Our House Inc. promotes an atmosphere of learning while offering individuals the ability to express themselves creatively through individualized programming based according to each individual’s needs and desires.
Peak Vista Community Health Centers
Peak Vista Community Health Centers is a non-profit dedicated to premier medical, dental and behavioral health services for people of all ages. They provide primary care services to low-income, uninsured and underinsured working families (as well as others with access barriers) within the Pikes Peak Region through 20 outpatient centers. Peak Vista is an organization focused on enhancing the health of people and the community-at-large through a professional, caring staff who are motivated, enthusiastic, respectful, energetic, and committed to strategic partnerships.
Pikes Peak Library District
A community information center which provides all residents complete information and/or referrals. Resources for everyone and their needs, including large print materials, audio-books, e-books, and e-audio-books. Assistive Technology stations available at the East, Penrose, and Fountain libraries.
Pikes Peak United Way 211
Pikes Peak United Way advances the common good by not only providing a safety net for basic needs, and work to prevent tomorrow’s problems by addressing issues today. Their focus is on education, family stability and safety net services – the building blocks for a good quality of life. Pikes Peak United Way recruits the people and organizations throughout the community who bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to affect positive and long-lasting change. Their mission is to mobilize and grow the caring power of our community to create the best quality of life for all of our citizens.
Pikes Peak Workforce Center
The Pikes Peak Workforce Center connects vital businesses with work-ready job seekers and employer-driven services. Their vision is to promote the economic vitality of the Pikes Peak Region, respond to emerging needs of the diverse and growing workforce, and change the lives of job seekers with proven training and employment opportunities. They are a model for the responsible use of federal funds and a leader in workforce development, organizational effectiveness, and collaborative partnerships.
Rocky Mountain ADA Center
The Rocky Mountain ADA Center is a member of the National Network of ADA Centers funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), a division of the U.S. Department of Education (Grant Number H133A110018). Their mission is to provide information on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to individuals and organizations. The Center is operated by Meeting the Challenge, Inc. which is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The staff consists of people with disabilities, spouses and parents of people with disabilities, and people with professional experience in the disability field.
SET Family Medical Clinics is a non-profit organization that provides basic medical services and holistic health programs to uninsured and low income people without discrimination. Thier philosophy defines holistic health as caring for the entire person – body, mind, and spirit. This focuses on the premise that individuals can heal themselves by developing healthy attitudes, and patterns of behavior, and maintaining a healthy balance in their lives. Their goal is to Serve, Empower and Transform clients to actively participate in their care and take responsibility for their total well-being.
Silver Key serves in partnership to support quality of life for seniors – allowing them the choice of safely aging in place with dignity and independence. Their vision is to make the greater Colorado Springs area the best in the nation to age and respect for the value and quality of life of seniors .They are committed to continual improvement of practices Identifying and implementing new, creative ways to serve seniors Silver Key is proud to serve thousands of seniors in the greater Colorado Springs area. They advocate for senior empowerment and offer a variety of services to seniors to maintain independence, safety and quality of life.
Special Kids Special Families
Adults with disabilities are paired with residential providers who are trained to understand adult rights. Provides services to adults 18 to seniors with developmental disabilities and/or multiple disabling conditions. SKSF encourages individuals to expand their knowledge and experience of the community in the I- CAN program. Joey’s Place offers academic, social and life skills training for adults with varying abilities and needs. The learning center also includes our 18-21 year old transition program. Provides hourly, before/after school, summer, weekend care for youth with special needs (includes physical, cognitive, emotional and social.)
Springs Rescue Mission – RAP
Springs Resource Mission’s mission is to partner with and engage the local church and community to serve the poor and homeless, feed the hungry, and minister to the addicted with the transforming message of the Gospel. They are committed to making Colorado Springs a better place to live. Together we offer hope for a better tomorrow to those who have no hope today. Their program Resource Advocate Program’s (RAP) goal is to link the clients to community resources and appropriate agencies that will help the client accomplish the goals they have chosen for their recovery or needed assistance.
The ARC of the Pikes Peak Region
A non-profit agency that provides advocacy and guardianship support to individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities and their families.
TENS Unlimited specializes in electro-medical equipment such as, T.E.N.S. Units, Muscle Stimulators, Cervical and Lumbar Traction units and state-of-the-art Cybertech Back Braces.They are committed to providing the highest quality products available, and treating their customers with the most caring and understanding service possible. They do everything we can to ensure that the prescribed equipment is effective and completely understood.TENS Unlimited is the preferred DME provider for most insurance companies including Medicare, Medicaid, and Tricare.
Through their Safehouse, Advocacy and Counseling Programs, as well as Outreach and Education, TESSA strives to realize the vision of a safe community free of personal violence for all. They provide immediate safety at a confidential Safehouse for women, children, and other victims escaping abuse; Empower survivors through programs and support such as advocacy and counseling; Create a safer future through education and outreach to schools, businesses, and other organizations.
Therapeutic Recreation Program
Provide recreation and leisure opportunities for youth and adults with disabilities. Opportunities include specialized programs and inclusion services. Paralympic Sport Club provides adaptive sport experiences for youth and adults with primary diagnosis of a physical disability such as, but not limited to, stroke, brain injury, amputation, MS, and visual impairments.
Urban Peak helps homeless youth and youth at risk of being homeless overcome real life challenges by providing essential services and a safe community, empowering them to become self-sufficient adults.
For additional information or resources, check out our resource guide.