- Healthy Lifestyles
- Skills Instruction
- Sports/Outdoor Recreation
- Volunteer Program
- STEPS Program: Employing a home care worker
- WIN (Work Incentives Network)
- Crossroads Discussion (TBI) Group
- Ready to Rent
- Shopper's Group
- Visually Impaired Support Group
- Women's Support Group
- Writing Group
Healthy Lifestyles is a self directed goal setting program to help individuals live a healthier life. This program also offers ongoing mentoring. To learn about Healthy Lifestyles, please call Cathy Blahut at 503-232-7411 or
ILR can answer many questions about housing for you. We can provide help with the following:
- Advocacy and Education
- Community "Tenants Rights and Responsibilities" Training
- Fair Housing Amendments Act
- Landlord/Tenant Mediation
- Rent Well classes
At ILR we offer skills instruction, both individual and in small groups, which can help people with disabilities acquire skills to live more independently.
Examples of topics:
- Anger management
- Braille and Orientation & Mobility Instruction
- Communication Skills
- Household Management
- Personal Safety
- Pre-vocational Information
- Social Skills
For people with disabilities who are interested in sports or the outdoors please join us. We offer a variety of outings and activities. Please contact Patricia Kepler at 503-232-7411 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in learning more about our outdoor recreation program.
ILR's services are provided by both staff and volunteers. Volunteers are essential to the success of this organization. They enable us to provide services without exceeding our budget. Volunteers serve in many capacities at ILR, including the Board of Directors, skills training and teachers. Please contact May Altman email@example.com if you find interest in becoming an ILR volunteer.
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What is STEPS?
STEPS is an Oregon Home Care Commission program that promotes successful working relationships between consumer-employers and homecare workers. Since 2007, more than 2300 consumer-employers have participated in STEPS to learn about their rights and how to assume their responsibilities as employers. They have gained insight, information and ideas to help them make the most of in-home services. Independent living Resources provides STEPS services to consumer’s that reside in Multnomah County and Clackamas County.
Who can participate?
STEPS is for individuals receiving in-home services through these programs:
- Client-Employed Provider (Medicaid)
- Oregon Project Independence
- Spousal Pay
- State Plan Personal Care services (for seniors and persons with physical disabilities.)
Independent Living Resources service areas include, Multnomah County, Clackamas County, Washington County, Columbia County, Clatsop County, and Tillamook County.
Designated Representatives, who are trusted friends or family members who assist with employer responsibilities and are welcome to participate with or in place of, consumer-employers.
What STEPS includes
- Understanding your Service Plan and Task List
- Creating job descriptions
- Locating employees
- Interviewing and completing reference checks
- Selecting the best Homecare Worker for the job
- Creating an Employment Agreement
- Training, supervising and communicating effectively with employees
- Ensuring that work is performed satisfactorily
- Maintaining employment records
- Scheduling and tracking authorized hours worked
- Approving paid leave and unexpected absences
- Recognizing, discussing and attempting to correct any employee performance deficiencies
- Discharging unsatisfactory workers
- Developing a backup plan for coverage of services
- Making your home a safe place for you to live and your employee to work
How to get started
For more information please contact: Aimee Couture- STEPS Program Coordinator at (503) 232-7411 or email aimeec@ILR.org or contact your case manager at aging and disability services to request a referral be made on your behalf.
WIN (Work Incentives Network)
When You Work, You WIN!
Thinking about work but concerned about benefits? The Work Incentives Network can help you create a plan for success!
WIN can help you understand how work will effect:
- Social Security Benefits
- Medical Benefits
- Food Stamps
- Housing Assistance
- And More..
WIN can help you become part of a strong, skilled workforce.
Benefits + Working = Opportunity
When you use work incentives, you can be SURE that getting a job will be a good choice. WIN staff can travel to your area and help you figure out what work incentives to use, and how to use them.
To learn more about working and disability benefits, call us at 503-232-7411 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or check out the web site Work Incentives Network. You can also call our partners on this project, Disability Rights Oregon, at 503-243-2081.
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