MCIL Summer Hours
Effective June 13th
MCIL’s Transition program continues to seek out opportunities to build relationships with youth in the community. This year we have done outreach all over the twin cities in local youth programs.
Instead of waiting for the phone to ring we have placed ourselves in the community. This has given staff the name recognition with youth and teachers; through this we have seen an increase in appointments and IEP meeting invitations.
More importantly several students have made significant strides this year. One in particular is finally ready to get his drivers permit. Obtaining it will allow him to be more independent and further his professional and social opportunities. We applaud his successes and look for many more stories like his in the coming months.
Pictured: an actual post from our online forum. This forum is available on our website 365 days a year. It can be accessed by following this shortlink: http://bit.ly/lQfPpt
Peer Mentoring Updates
We would like to introduce you to one of our newest teams. Sheila is a motivated mentor and entrepreneur who is just starting her own accessible touring company which will provide people with disabilities the chance to see the sites without worrying about accessibility. Rachel is very motivated as well and is on the fast track to achieving her vision of independence.
Sheila and Rachel have been working together for about two weeks and they are already crossing items off their “to-do-list”. Rachel is working on locating affordable housing, obtaining her GED, setting up and utilizing an email account and establishing a checking account. Rachel is a parolee who is using Sheila has a support person, a social outlet and is looking for Sheila to encourage her to keep reaching for her goals and dreams. We are excited to watch them both grow and achieve their dreams of independence.
The Ramp Program
For almost 20 years the ramp program has had the success in providing safe, affordable modular ramps and special steps for over 5,000 homes in the metro area. The award winning ramp manual “how to build RAMPS for home accessibility” provides the basic information and planning to meet local building codes and design a ramp for single –family homes.
Many community organizations have adopted the ramp program to assist a neighbor or friend who faces architectural barriers to their home. The Vet Volunteers have taken on a number of ramps to help a fellow vet in need of ramp. With MCIL drafting the plans, approval from the local building inspector and the volunteers the ramp was completed in two days. Pictured: vets building a ramp in West St. Paul.
Veterans Ramp Build February 16, 17 & 18
MCIL is working with Habitat for Humanity Twin Cities to build ramps for veterans across the Twin Cities. These ramps are built by volunteer veterans. On February 16, 17, and 18 we will be building our first ramp of the year. If you are a veteran and would like to volunteer for this or any upcoming ramp projects please contact Missy Williams at 651-603-2027
Our second ramp of the year will be done in mid to late March. If you know a veteran who needs a ramp in the Metro Area, call Missy Williams.