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About ILR

Independent Living Resources (ILR) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people with all disabilities. The agency provides services using both staff and volunteers. In 1957 Independent Living Resources took up its role in the community. In the early days the agency manually transcribed and duplicated Braille textbooks. Over the years ILR expanded its services to people with all disabilities. Activities such as orientation and mobility, peer counseling, recreation, and skills training were there for the asking. Throughout the many years of change, a common thread has been our non-profit status, and our perseverance in helping people. By offering the core services of Advocacy, Information and Referral, Peer Counseling, and Skills Training, Independent Living Resources continues to help over 3000 people annually.

Mission Statement of Independent Living Resources:

To promote the philosophy of Independent Living by creating opportunities, encouraging choices, advancing equal access, and furthering the level of independence for all people with disabilities.

The Independent Living Resources Volunteer Program

For 50 years volunteers have been essential to the success of this organization. Volunteers enable ILR to provide many free services. Volunteers serve in capacities such as, mailing, peer counseling, reading, teaching, transcription, and serving on the Board of Directors. Our volunteer program gives folks the opportunity to help others.

If you are interested in joining our volunteer team, please contact Sarah Naomi Campbell, our volunteer coordinator, at 503-232-7411.

To learn more review our quarterly newsletters!

You can learn about other support organizations in our Partnerships section.

We have a new position opening up.

We are a small non-profit looking to add a compassionate and experienced staff member to our team. To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to hr@ilr.org.

The Independent Living Special Projects Coordinator supervises a team which provides a variety of services to people with disabilities and seniors and/or members of their support systems, in collaboration with community partners and grantors. These services include leading small groups, providing direct services, and information and referral. The Independent Living Special Projects Coordinator will reflect the organization’s mission through commitment to Independent Living philosophy. This position is full time, 37.5 hours per week, with excellent benefits. Compensation will be based on qualifications.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated capability to:

• Coordinate and supervise team activities
• Conduct outreach and service coordination with community partners
• Successfully complete training for STEPS program certification
• Work effectively as a peer counselor for consumers transitioning from nursing homes to independent living settings
• Work effectively as part of service delivery team in collaboration with other ILR staff
• Record all relevant data in web-based management software
• Develop and submit regular program reports
• Participate in scheduled professional development, team supervision & staff meetings
• Perform other duties as assigned by ILR supervisor
• Adhere to ILR policies and procedures

Essential Functions of the Job

• Ability to provide own transportation as required to provide services (local and occasional regional travel)
• Ability to work independently, conducting effective group trainings, individual case management and consultations
• Ability to accurately fulfill reporting requirements
• Ability to Lift 20 lbs

Skills Required

• Excellent leadership, collaboration, communication and teaching skills
• Excellent organizational skills
• Good knowledge of state in-home services programs and area resources
• Superior computer skills (MS PowerPoint, Word, Excel and adaptive software as needed)


• Two years previous experience teaching, facilitating workshops or leading groups (required)
• Two years experience with social services agency or Center for Independent Living (required)
• Life experience with disability or chronic illness (preferred)


BS in Social Work, Rehabilitation, Psychology, Counseling, or similar degree required, Masters preferred

Please note: This position requires making home visits with consumers, many of whom have service dogs or companion pets.

About ILR
Feb 10, 2005
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