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empower: abilities

Embrace Your Ability

aka SCIL, SWCIL, Southwest Center for Independent Living   |   Springfield, MO   |  www.empowerabilities.org

Mission

Our Mission: To remove barriers and empower independent living for all people with disabilities.

Ruling year info

1987

CEO

Shannon Porter

Main address

1450 W Cambridge St

Springfield, MO 65807 USA

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EIN

43-1383616

NTEE code info

Disabled Persons' Rights (R23)

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

Personal Social Services (P50)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We have a dual approach to reducing barriers and empowering independent living for all people with disabilities. The services we provide to people with disabilities focuses on increasing personal independence. Our work in the community works to reduce barriers and to promote positive change, creating a better and more inclusive place for all people. People with disabilities face obstacles in all areas of life and they lack equal opportunities to live, work and have access to their communities. Empower: abilities works to increase affordable/accessible housing, increase employment opportunities and promote barrier-free access to the community. We work in partnership with other organizations and community groups to bring the needs of the disabled population to the table at every meeting. We work on the local and state level to educate policy makers on systems that hold people with disabilities in poverty or perpetuates disenfranchisement.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Information and Referral Services

During the 2019-2020 reporting year Empower: Abilities provided 1384 individuals with disability related information or made referrals to resources in the community. Information and referral services are available to anyone, regardless of disability.

Population(s) Served
Health
Social and economic status
Age groups

Empower: Abilities Access and Technology Department connects disabled individuals and their families to solutions to reduce barriers and improve independence through adaptive devices for vision loss, hearing loss and loss of mobility. Our equipment demonstration center includes over 600 items from low to high tech that allow individuals to try out and find the best solution before purchasing. We have a low income program where we can purchase devices up to $200 per person. We also recycle durable medical devices such as walkers, wheelchairs and transfer benches, donating 485 items out free of charge in the last reporting year. We also work to make the home safe and accessible by installing grab bars and building ramps free of charge to individuals with income less than 135% of the federal poverty level. We utilize volunteers for free labor and fund the materials costs through donations.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Health

Empower: Abilities provides Transitions Services in 2 ways. One is assisting individuals in nursing homes, but able to live independently, in locating housing, purchasing essential household items and physically moving from the nursing home to the community. In addition, we understand that this can be a difficult transition when you have lived in an institutional setting to being on your own. We offer peer support and targeted case management to every transitions individual for a minimum of one year.
We also assist youth with disabilities in transitioning to adulthood and identifying their life goals post high-school. Our youth program works to develop on independent living skills, pre-employment skills and social challenges that can make this a very difficult period of life. Many services cease once a child turns into an adult and access to services becomes more challenging. Our Youth Specialist can help.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Adults

Empower: Abilities understands that Personal Assistance Services is key to maintaining independence for people with significant disabilities. We have been a provider of Consumer Directed Services since the 1990's; the program originated from Centers for Independent Living as it embraces the Independent Living Philosophy. We support disabled individuals in the hiring, training and supervision of their caregiver, providing case management services and payroll services. Personal Assistance Services allow people to stay safe and healthy in their own homes and reduces hospitalizations, illness and injury and may mean the difference from living independently or in a nursing home. We also ensure that all participating individuals have access to our other programs with wrap-around services and referrals.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
People with disabilities
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Break the stigma of disability.
Increase accessible and affordable housing options available in our community.
Improve employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
Eliminate barriers to accessing community amenities.
Change policies that hold people with disabilities in poverty.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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empower: abilities

Board of directors
as of 01/04/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Katherine Nordyke

Missouri State University

Term: 2023 - 2024

Carolyn McGhee

person with a disability

Kristi Dieleman

retired person with a disability

Jill Roetto

Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation

Dr Stephanie Logan

DeafLEAD

Dr Kristen Thompson

Burrell Behavioral Health

Jeff La Montia

Rehab Services for the Blind

Darrell Wilson

Dept of Veterans Affairs

Joe Sweeney-Legore

Forsyth Mo ADA Coordinator

Samantha Glaubitz

Burrell Behavioral Health

Karen Benson

FEMA

Eric K Peterson

Peterson Wealth Advisors

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/16/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data