Oct
21
Mon
Employment Club @ Progress Center for Independent Living
Oct 21 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Progress Center announces the August meeting of the Employment Club, a monthly services group intended to equip people with resources to pursue employment.

The October Session will meet on Monday, October 21 at 11 a.m.

The October session features a presentation by Attorney Diana Gramenos, and disability paralegal Erin Smith of
Gramenos Law Group.

Their presentation will focus on how to return to work once approved for disability while protecting your benefits. Q and A will follow their presentation, and anyone interested in filing for disability may also do so while present at the meeting.

For more information, and to RSVP or request accommodations, please contact Gary Arnold at 708-209-1500 Ext.  14

Monthly sessions include:

  • Presentations from groups that provide employment related service
  • Time to answer employment related questions
  • Time to search online for job leads and to work on materials as cover letters

If you have items that you would like covered at the Employment Club, please share your ideas at garnold@progresscil.org

Oct
22
Tue
2019 Fall Legislative Training– Blue Island Office @ Progress Center for Independent Living
Oct 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Progress Center for Independent Living invites you to the Blue Island Office Legislative Training.

This 10-week Legislative Training covers many topics, including:

  • How to become a self-advocate.
  • How the legislative process works.
  • How a bill becomes a law.
  • Methods of communicating with your Legislators.

Progress Center’s next legislative training course in Blue Island begins on Tuesday, October 8, 2019.  The class will meet on Tuesdays over the span of 10 weeks. Each session is two hours.  Sessions begin at 10 a.m. As a participant in the legislative training, you will:

  • Learn how to make a difference in the Legislative Process
  • Learn how to lobby and make your vote count
  • Get first – hand knowledge of government policies straight from your local and state officials

 

The course is open to anyone interested in advocacy on disability issues and is willing to commit to attend all 10 Tuesday sessions.

The training covers:

  • How to become a self-advocate
  • How the legislative process works
  • How a bill becomes a law
  • Methods of communicating with your legislators

For more information, contact Manuel at 708-388-5011.

 

Oct
23
Wed
Personal Assistant Recruitment and Training- Northlake @ Northlake Public Library
Oct 23 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Progress Center for Independent Living is recruiting personal assistants and CNA’s throughout Suburban Cook County to assist people with disabilities in their homes.  The job offers flexible hours with full and part time work available. No previous experience is necessary. Personal assistants are currently offered $13.48/ hour. People with disabilities are also encouraged to apply. This is an excellent opportunity to work with people with disabilities and to learn about independent living. Personal assistants play a significant role in helping a person with disabilities to live in their own home, in-stead of a nursing home.

Duties you may perform:

  • Housekeeping & Laundry
  • Cooking & Meal Preparations/Clean up
  • Assist with hygiene needs, including bathing and toiletry
  • Running Errands
  • Assisting with mobility needs
  • Many individualized needs, including getting in and out of bed, and dressing

What: Personal Assistant Orientation

Where:  The Northlake Public Library, 231 N. Wolf Road, Northlake Illinois

When: Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 10:30 a.m.

For more information and to register, contact Progress Center at 708-209-1500, or pa@progresscil.org

Oct
24
Thu
Dynamic People with Disabilities — Peer Support Group @ Progress Center for Independent Living
Oct 24 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Dynamic People with Disabilities is a monthly support group open to all people with disabilities. Typically, the group meetings are on the on the 4th Thursday of each month from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

 

The 2019 Liberty Gala @ The Elmcrest
Oct 24 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Image of a Liberty Bell on a white background and black text on white background with information about the Progress Center Liberty Gala
Image of a Liberty Bell on a white background and black text on white background with information about the Progress Center Liberty Gala

What:  The Progress Center 2019 Liberty Gala

When:  Thursday, October 24, 2019

Where:  The Elmcrest Banquet Hall, 7370 Grand Avenue, Elmwood Park, IL 60707

 

 

 

 

Progress Center for Independent Living is holding our 2019 Liberty Gala on Thursday, October 24, 2019. The celebration will be at the Elmcrest Banquet Hall in Elmwood Park, Illinois.

We invite you to join us.

For more than 30 years, Progress Center has provided people with disabilities with the tools and resources to be independent in their own communities.  We invite you to be a sponsor of this event.  At the Gala on October 24, we will celebrate the success and history of Progress Center.  We have much to celebrate.  In the past year, Progress Center has:

  • Built a Youth Transition Program
  • Expanded our Personal Assistant Recruitment and Referral Program
  • Organized a new Peer Support and Art Group
  • Launched an Employment Club
  • Joined a coalition working to put 43 people with disabilities and their families into homeownership

In addition to celebrating our own work, we will honor the work of individuals and organizations that are making a difference in the disability community.

This year, Progress Center will honor:

The Illinois Telecommunications Access Corporation

Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul

Disability Rights Attorney Andres Gallegos of Robbins, Salomon & Patt, Ltd

Univision Anchor Enrique Rodriguez will serve as the Event EmCee.

Progress Center for Independent Living is part of a network of 22 Centers for Independent Living in Illinois.  Founded in 1988, Progress Center is a non-profit, non-residential service and advocacy organization operated by and for people with disabilities in our service area of suburban Cook County.  Progress Center is staffed by, and governed by, people with disabilities. By empowering people with disabilities to define and achieve their goals, and working together to change society, Centers for Independent Living like Progress Center help millions of people across the country.

Through the 2019 Liberty Gala, with your help, Progress Center will raise support for our current programs and develop new resources for people with disabilities today, and in the years to come.

For sponsorship information, please download the attached form:  2019-Liberty Gala -Sponsorship Form

To Donate online, visit this link:  Donate Now to the 2019 Liberty Gala

Thank you to the 2019 Liberty Gala Donors and Supporters!

Silver Sponsors

Age Options

Father Lawrence Biondi

Illinois Telecommunications Access Corporation

Bronze Sponsors

PACE

Benefactor Sponsors

Carpet Corner

Equip for Equality

Forest Insurance Agency

Forest Park Bank

Health Benefits Consultants

Mi Ranchito Restaurant

Supermercado #8

George Terzakis

Two Birds Photo

 

 

 

Oct
29
Tue
2019 Fall Legislative Training– Blue Island Office @ Progress Center for Independent Living
Oct 29 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Progress Center for Independent Living invites you to the Blue Island Office Legislative Training.

This 10-week Legislative Training covers many topics, including:

  • How to become a self-advocate.
  • How the legislative process works.
  • How a bill becomes a law.
  • Methods of communicating with your Legislators.

Progress Center’s next legislative training course in Blue Island begins on Tuesday, October 8, 2019.  The class will meet on Tuesdays over the span of 10 weeks. Each session is two hours.  Sessions begin at 10 a.m. As a participant in the legislative training, you will:

  • Learn how to make a difference in the Legislative Process
  • Learn how to lobby and make your vote count
  • Get first – hand knowledge of government policies straight from your local and state officials

 

The course is open to anyone interested in advocacy on disability issues and is willing to commit to attend all 10 Tuesday sessions.

The training covers:

  • How to become a self-advocate
  • How the legislative process works
  • How a bill becomes a law
  • Methods of communicating with your legislators

For more information, contact Manuel at 708-388-5011.

 

Nov
5
Tue
2019 Fall Legislative Training– Blue Island Office @ Progress Center for Independent Living
Nov 5 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Progress Center for Independent Living invites you to the Blue Island Office Legislative Training.

This 10-week Legislative Training covers many topics, including:

  • How to become a self-advocate.
  • How the legislative process works.
  • How a bill becomes a law.
  • Methods of communicating with your Legislators.

Progress Center’s next legislative training course in Blue Island begins on Tuesday, October 8, 2019.  The class will meet on Tuesdays over the span of 10 weeks. Each session is two hours.  Sessions begin at 10 a.m. As a participant in the legislative training, you will:

  • Learn how to make a difference in the Legislative Process
  • Learn how to lobby and make your vote count
  • Get first – hand knowledge of government policies straight from your local and state officials

 

The course is open to anyone interested in advocacy on disability issues and is willing to commit to attend all 10 Tuesday sessions.

The training covers:

  • How to become a self-advocate
  • How the legislative process works
  • How a bill becomes a law
  • Methods of communicating with your legislators

For more information, contact Manuel at 708-388-5011.

 

Nov
12
Tue
2019 Fall Legislative Training– Blue Island Office @ Progress Center for Independent Living
Nov 12 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Progress Center for Independent Living invites you to the Blue Island Office Legislative Training.

This 10-week Legislative Training covers many topics, including:

  • How to become a self-advocate.
  • How the legislative process works.
  • How a bill becomes a law.
  • Methods of communicating with your Legislators.

Progress Center’s next legislative training course in Blue Island begins on Tuesday, October 8, 2019.  The class will meet on Tuesdays over the span of 10 weeks. Each session is two hours.  Sessions begin at 10 a.m. As a participant in the legislative training, you will:

  • Learn how to make a difference in the Legislative Process
  • Learn how to lobby and make your vote count
  • Get first – hand knowledge of government policies straight from your local and state officials

 

The course is open to anyone interested in advocacy on disability issues and is willing to commit to attend all 10 Tuesday sessions.

The training covers:

  • How to become a self-advocate
  • How the legislative process works
  • How a bill becomes a law
  • Methods of communicating with your legislators

For more information, contact Manuel at 708-388-5011.

 

PARATRANSIT TOWN HALL MEETING @ Oak Park Public Library (Main Branch)
Nov 12 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
image with information about the town hall meeting on November and an image of a white pace bus with blue logo and blue lettering
image with information about the town hall meeting on November and an image of a white pace bus with blue logo and blue lettering

Join Progress Center and PACE on November 12

Join PACE Executive Director Rocky Donahue and Progress Center on November 12 for a Paratransit Town Hall Meeting.  The meeting will include a presentation from PACE about new technology designed to improve service, and time for statements and questions from paratransit customers.

To RSVP and to secure a spot on the program for public comments, contact garnold@progresscil.org

Sign Language Interpreters and Personal Assistants will be at the event. For other accommodation requests, contact garnold@progresscil.org

 

Nov
14
Thu
Peer Support and Art @ Progress Center for Independent Living
Nov 14 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
image of an eleborate pencil drawing representing a dragon and a human or elf type figure
image of an eleborate pencil drawing representing a dragon and a human or elf type figure

Progress Center for Independent Living hosts a monthly peer support group the second Thursday of each month. The group will meets two hours each session.

The next meeting of the group is Thursday, October 10, 2019.  The theme of the October Session is Coloring Books. Participants are invited to bring in a book of your choice. Progress Center will also have an assortment of books available.

The Peer Support and Art Group focuses on sharing personal stories related to disability and learning from the experiences of other people with disabilities.  A portion of each session is dedicated to art projects (no experience necessary).

The group is open to people with disabilities of all ages.

The group is open to people with any type of disability.

Susan Becker, a Progress Center advocate, leads the group sessions.

The next group session is Thursday, October 10, 2019, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

For more information, for accommodation requests and to RSVP, contact Gary Arnold at 708-209-1500 extension 14 or garnold@progresscil.org.

Progress Center is a scent-free environment. Please do not wear perfume, cologne or other scented products.